Jennifer Vasich is an aromatherapist, founder and creative director of the Michigan Lavender Festival, and author of The Lavender Gourmet. She began creating her own line of herbal bodycare in 1998 (Gabriel’s Garden) and has been using essential oils professionally for over 16 years. Her inspiring personality and vast knowledge of lavender and natural healing has made her a highly sought-after teacher at community libraries, garden groups as well as the Michigan Lavender Festival in July. Jennifer has been the featured keynote speaker at various lavender festivals and events, including the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival in California as well as the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival.
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Because of its versatility, lavender has been referred to as "the Swiss army knife" of herbs. For centuries, lavender has been used for its great soothing properties. Great chefs have discovered its amazing appeal in everything from desserts, marinades, soups and main dishes, and lavender is a treasured ingredient in soothing tea blends. Join Jennifer Vasich, author of The Lavender Gourmet and co-founder of the Michigan Lavender Festival, as she shares her love for lavender and teaches you how to grow, harvest and use the “grandmother of herbs” for health & enjoyment. Session includes handouts and recipes.
Cooking with Lavender: Sweet & Savory Surprises
Join us as we explore lavender's lovely influence on food, and discover how its delicate sweetness can impart a fresh, fragrant taste to your favorite recipes. Learn about what varieties are the best to use for culinary purposes, and sample some delightful treats that will make your taste buds sing! Presented by Jennifer Vasich, co-founder of the Michigan Lavender Festival, and author of The Lavender Gourmet. Session includes handouts and recipes.
Stop spending a fortune on cleaning products that introduce toxic chemicals into your home! Jennifer Vasich, author of The Lavender Gourmet and co-founder of the Michigan Lavender Festival, will teach you how to make inexpensive household cleaners that effectively sanitize and freshen every room of the house!They smell fabulous and are a great alternative and can be customized to make it your own!
The Lavender Home Spa
Discover amazing health benefits offered by essential oils, specifically how the complex chemistry of lavender essential oil can benefit your mind, body, and home. Jennifer Vasich, author of The Lavender Gourmet and co-founder of the Michigan Lavender Festival, will share recipes and ideas for creating your own beautifully fragrant products using locally grown lavender, including moisturizing creams, salt scrubs, effervescent bath salts, body sprays and much more. Session includes handouts and recipes.