Anti-Anxiety Lavender Cookies
If and when the opportunity to travel presents itself in my life again, seeing the lavender flowers of Provence, France - during peak bloom - is one destination that is most definitely on my bucket list (and Pinterest travel board).
This article isn't a journal entry for my future travel plans. It's an dedication to the vibrant, lush and aromatic lavender flowers.
Lately I have been seeing a lot of this lovely recipe for lavender lemonade, which has been floating around social media. This violet elixir is shared for more than it's lovely color, but for the positive effects of lavender for promoting calmness, relieving headaches and decreasing anxiety.
& today we are making anti-anxiety lavender cookies! I'm more than pleased to share just how simple it is to include this bloom in your cooking creations.
Who knew cookies could get even more relaxing?
Let's get on track so you can thrive & be vibrant with these uber relaxing benefits.
Lavender has been long associated with symbolizing love, affection, protection, longevity and peace. Uses of lavender have been documented for over 2,500 years! Ancient Egyptians used lavender in mummification and for making fine perfumes, lavender was used in hospitals during World War One for it's antibacterial properties, and in 1630 - during the Great Plague - the ‘Vinegar of the Four Thieves’ included thyme, lavender, rosemary and sage - a decoction that was said to have provided immunity from the disease.
Truly a wonderful gift from our planet, and it's nice on the eyes too!
Today lavender is known and used mostly for reducing anxiety and emotional stress, helping to heal burns and wounds, improving sleep, nourishing the skin, providing powerful antioxidants and relieving headaches. One of my favourite things about lavender is that this medicinal plant also introduces an unforgettably divine floral taste - from the lavender to lemonade to this peculiar pink elixir (see video) to the anti-anxiety lavender cookies that I will be sharing, oh so soon.
When adding lavender to your recipe creations, you can use organically grown dried lavender flowers or you can use therapeutic grade lavender essential oils; such as highland lavender (lavandula angustifolia) or sweet lavender (lavandula hybrida). I've provided both dried herb and essential oil options in the recipe.
Now that i've mentioned essential oils, there are some important notes to share. A first major misconception on essential oils is that they just provide this 'fragrance' to make things 'smell nice', when in fact - essential oils are the concentrated essence of the plant, and the natural fragrance contains the therapeutic properties. Just one drop of essential oil can be 75-100 times stronger than the dried whole herb. An example to put things into perspective; it can take up to 27 square feet of lavender plants to produce a 15ml bottle of essential oil.
You can think of essential oils like our own endocrine and immune system. Essential oils are plant hormones that are stored within the plasm of a plant, these oils oxygenate and carry nutrients, vital elements and chemical constituents to every cell. They also contain healing nutrients that include trace minerals, vitamins, hormones, amino acid precursors and other components. Essential oils give a plant the ability to destroy infections, stave off infestations, initiate and maintain growth, and repair structural damage . The essential oil is literally a plant's life force, and when we extract the properties we have concentrated the essence of the plant in a bottle - for our own use and benefit.
Well, now that you're a borderline genius with that plethora of information on lavender and essentials (ok, a little exaggerative, but that was a lot of value in just a few paragraphs) - let's get going on the Anti-Anxiety Lavender Cookies, you can follow this recipe for a grain-free, paleo version, that also has some gut healing properties with the use of grass-fed gelatin - or you can simply add 2-4 drops of pure lavender essential oil to your favourite cookie recipe. Lavender pairs well with oats, coconut, lemon and dark chocolate.
It is also so important that you always choose a trusted brand of therapeutic grade essential oil, not a synthetic fragrance oil. Lavender essential oil is known as one of the safest oils for inhalation, topical and internal uses. But not all essential oils are created equal, and not all essential oils can be used internally - many are not safe for internal use.
LAVENDER & LEMON TIGERNUT COOKIES
Makes 8-12 cookies
WHAT YOU NEED
1/2 cup grass-fed butter or coconut oil (room temperature)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or coconut nectar (room temperature)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (room temperature)
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 drops Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil or 4 teaspoons dried organic lavender flowers (see notes)
1/2 cup shredded or flaked coconut (optional)
Organic lavender flowers for garnish (optional)
WHAT TO DO
-Sift the tigernut flour, arrowroot flour, gelatin, baking soda, and himalayan salt into a medium sized mixing bowl.
-Add the room temperature maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, lavender essential oil and vanilla to a medium bowl and beat with a stand mixer or handheld mixer until creamy and well combined.
-In batches, whisk the dry ingredients in with the wet, until a sticky cookie dough has formed.
-Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, then gently fold in the dried coconut. Scoop out 8-12 cookies that are about 2-3 tablespoons in size. Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes or in the fridge for 30 minutes.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake the cookies for 12-16 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges. They will firm up as they cool, so do not over-bake.
-Remove from the oven and wait 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to further cool.
-Serve and garnish with some lavender flowers if desired
NOTES & CAUTIONS
-My recommended brand of lavender EO is by Essential Botanicals, you can use their therapeutic grade highland lavender (lavandula angustifolia) or sweet lavender (lavandula hybrida) essential oil.
-If you are using dried lavender flowers, please ensure they are grown organically and are not treated with any chemicals. Add your dried lavender flowers to the mix of dry ingredients when preparing the cookies.
-Essential Oils by Essential Botanicals are both pure and authentic. You will always be able to see the botanical name, country of origin, the nature of its cultivation, and more valuable information on each bottle.
-Just 1 drop of essential oils can be the equivalent of 10-50 cups of herbal tea (depending on the herb) or 20x the recommended dose of an herbal tincture. Consult with a qualified practitioner before pursuing any internal use of essential oils.
-Not into this recipe? You can add 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil to your favourite cookie recipe! Lavender pairs well with lemon, coconut, dark chocolate and oatmeal.