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Welcoming Spring with Lavender Lemonade

This season-loving girl couldn’t bypass a change of season without a little celebration. There is a brighter edge to the sunlight in our kitchen, our lavender bushes are growing like crazy, and we’ve got grand plans to get to work on our backyard this spring, filling it with veggie patches and vertical gardens and ponds for tiny ducks we’re *this* close to getting for the kids.

But for now, we’re welcoming spring with a little lemonade party, but adding a little lavender twist to our brew.

Lavender is one of those things constantly getting a workout at our place – we burn it in our burner, we add it to our pillow sprays at night and we pop some drops in our baths by evening. It’s calming and grounding and works to ease fussy, cranky moods which is a must when running a big family and being called on to guide a lot of little people through their days. It’s great to soothe headaches and anxiety, insomnia and stress.

I wanted to try using dried lavender in a lemonade mix to benefit from it in different ways and I love how it turned out.

Give it a try this spring!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dried lavender

6 cups water

1 cup stevia (or sugar/honey/sweetener of choice)

6-7 lemons

Directions:

Pop the water in a pot on the stove and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat, add the sugar and lavender and let it steep for 10-20 minutes depending on how strong a lavender flavour you want. I steeped mine for 20 minutes, found the lavender flavour a little too strong but simply added more water to the end result and it turned out great.

Strain the lavender and let the mixture cool in the fridge.

Once cooled, add the juice of the lemons and fill up your lemonade pitcher, adding more water or lemon juice to taste as necessary.

Serve over ice with some lemon slices, pull up a chair in the sun and relax!

 

Happy Spring!

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