Lavender is one of the most useful herbs you can grow and use. From adding a flavourful twist to your favourite food and drinks, or as a powerful tool for your first aid kit, the number of ways to use lavender in your home are amazing.
Ways to Use Lavender
There are so many different ways to use lavender. I have created three separate lists here, using fresh and dried lavender as well as one for using Lavender Essential Oil.
Using Fresh Lavender
Planting lavender in and around your outdoor entertainment spaces is a great way to repel mosquitoes and keep your space relaxing and inviting. Growing lavender in pots or gardens by your door can also help keep these pesky insects out of your home.
Fresh lavender makes a great garnish for cakes, drinks, and even your favorite salads. This versatile and edible flower makes a great addition to your garden and your kitchen.
When putting together a fresh cut, flower bouquet from your garden, you can add a few sprigs of fresh lavender for a pop of colour and a rush of a calming fragrance many love.
Fresh lavender makes a great addition to herb bread. You can use lavender with other fresh herbs to make a decorative and flavourful addition to the top of your bread.
Using Dried Lavender
Dried lavender is perfect for making a simple lavender tea or blending it with other teas like passion flower or chamomile to help encourage rest and sleep. Lavender tea can be served hot or chilled and makes a great bedtime beverage.
You can use a fresh-brewed lavender tea to make a simple lavender lemonade that is sweet and refreshing on a hot summer day. The lavender flowers add a slightly purplish tint and a hit of sweet floral flavor.
You can place dried lavender and other dried herbs in a small satchel pouch to use for fragrancing drawers or even placing in shoes to help control stinky shoe odors. These sachets in your dresser or closet can also help repel moths as well protecting your clothing from damage.
Dried lavender makes a great addition to soothing herbal bath salts, bath bombs, and even homemade soaps for a soothing bath. Using dried lavender in your bath is a great way to soothe your skin after a rash or sunburn.
Using Lavender Essential Oil
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Lavender essential oil has germ-killing properties and is commonly used to treat wounds because of its ability to kill off bacteria. When making homemade cleaning products you can use lavender essential oil to help disinfect as you leave while leaving behind a fresh floral lavender scent.
You can mix lavender essential oil into aloe vera gel to create a soothing rub that helps to reduce inflammation and encourage the healing of sunburns. In the summertime, you can keep this mixture in the refrigerator for a cooling effect.
Make a Room Spray
Mix 30 drops of lavender essential oil into 2 tablespoons of witch hazel in a 4 oz spray bottle. Shake well then top off with water for a simple and effective lavender room and linen spray. Use this spray on your pillows in the evening to encourage restful sleep.
This homemade charcoal drawing salve is a wonderful natural remedy to keep on hand for those times when a splinter or small wound needs some attention.
Nourishing Hand Soap for Gardeners
This nourishing hand soap for gardeners is great for cleaning those dirty hands and nails, leaving your hands feeling clean and fresh.
Allergy Relief Balm
This easy to make allergy relief balm is a great way to help relieve seasonal issues and discomfort this spring.
DIY Lavender Soap
This lovely smelling lavender soap is easy to make and can aid in the healing of cuts, dermatitis, eczema, acne, boils and burns.
Lavender Bath Bombs
These Lavender Bath Bombs are great for calming and relaxing with the therapeutic properties of essential oils.
Lavender and Sweet Orange Bath Salts
These gorgeous smelling lavender and sweet orange bath salts can be easily made is a matter of minutes, and soon you’ll be relaxing with these lovely skin-soothing bath salts.
Sweet Orange and Lavender Moisturising Night Cream
This Sweet Orange Moisturising Night Cream can help repair any damage that may have occurred during the day while nourishing it as you slow down and get some rest.
Homemade Vapour Rub
This homemade vapour rub is easy to make with only four ingredients and is a great natural alternative.
Hard Lotion Bars
Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to these Hard Lotion Bars which leave your skin feeling so soft & lovely.