With its unmistakable fragrance, lavender is renowned for its use in the beauty industry, but this striking plant has many other applications – from medicinal through to distilling gin. Central to lavender’s popularity as a botanical ingredient is its abundant, floral fragrance – it’s both highly distinctive and highly prized. Both the Romans and the Greeks used the plant as a fragrance, while the Egyptians favoured its use as an embalming ingredient.
The booming gin industry is always looking for ways to surprise its loyal customers, and lavender has been finding its ways into a variety of gins. But it takes a skilled distiller to know how to get the best from lavender, over-infusing, over-cooking or simply selecting the wrong variety of this plant will do nothing but add a soapy quality to your gin. Likewise, it’s important to find one that isn’t overly pungent so as to allow the other ingredients in gin to also sing.
To get just the right note from your lavender it’s best added at the end rather than allowed to steep with other ingredients.
This delicate blue/purple bloom has been finding its way onto our plates for a while now. The whole flowers can be used to add a floral taste to cakes, biscuits, desserts and savoury dishes – it pairs particularly well with honey.
It’s a common ingredient used in the Province region of the South of France – look out for lavender-infused honey, lavender marshmallows or refreshing lavender sorbet.
Lavender’s most traditional use has been in skincare and beauty products – the dried flowers can be used in potpourri, to make soothing sleep pillows or scented sachets for your wardrobe. It’s believed to have calming and sleep-inducing properties hence why so many sleep-focused products make good use of this flower.
It’s also a popular essential oil for relaxation and blends well with rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, lemon, clary sage, geranium and patchouli oils. It should not be used in pregnancy.
Lavender oil is often blended into skincare ingredients as it has a soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory effect.
The services of Joseph Flach & Sons are designed for the trade customer who requires bulk orders of botanical ingredients for commercial production. We prefer to supply in whole bags or containers that are original.
We work with businesses across the globe – both customers and suppliers. This extensive network ensures we can supply premium products of the highest quality.
We offer lavender in the following forms:
Lavender Flowers Extra
Lavender Flower Powder
Lavender Flowers No 1
Lavender Tincture Clear
Lavender Compound Tincture BP (Red)
Please note that many botanicals come in different forms and grades which may determine or improve their suitability for certain applications. At Joseph Flach & Sons we carry a large range of products in various forms and grades. Please do check with our experts if you require a specific grade or form and they will be delighted to help you.
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