Dot from NC writes: What are some uses of lavender leaves?
You can actually use fresh leaves similarly to how you would use rosemary. Although the taste is going to be even stronger than rosemary, so less is more, if you choose to put the leaves into a recipe. Start with a very small amount and add more as you taste, to ensure you don’t ruin your dish! And of course, make sure the lavender you’re using is safe for cooking. Another cool idea, though this is with stems, is to use them as kebab skewers when you grill. Such a neat way to infuse meats and vegetables with a light taste of lavender.
My favorite way to use lavender leaves, though, is to dry them and put them in sachets. As I dry lavender, I leave it on the stem and so sometimes leaves get mixed in with the buds, or I will snip the stems with leaves and dry those on their own. The leaves have the same scent as the buds, just stronger – which is nice for closets and dressers.