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Lavender is a beautiful and versatile flower, here is a list of 50 ways to use lavender in your life every day.

  1. Make a calming tea made with dried lavender flower heads, chamomile, catnip, oat straw & other calming herbs.

  2. Make a kind of lavender talcum powder: mix together 8 parts each bentonite clay & arrowroot powder, 1 part each slippery elm & comfrey root powder. Shake well. Add 30-50 drops lavender essential oil, shake again and enjoy. This powder absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes.

  3. Make a lavender sachet by adding organic lavender buds to a muslin bag – gift it as a wedding favour.

  4. Make homemade lavender scented candles, by adding pressed lavender flower stems or dried lavender buds and a few drops of lavender essential oil into the heated wax.

  5. Make a room spray with 2 cups water, 2 drops each lavender, tea tree & peppermint essential oils in a spritzer bottle. Shake well before each use and use liberally.

  6. Put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your child’s pillow at night to help relax them into a peaceful sleep.

  7. With the abundance of lavender in your garden, make a beautiful lavender wreath.

  8. For a lovely salad dressing, whisk together 6 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp balsamic or apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 crushed garlic clove, 2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp each mustard powder & organic dried lavender flowers.

  9. Crush fresh flowers and spread it on your legs & arms to help repel flies & mosquitoes while sitting outside in the summer.

  10. Use pressed lavender blooms to decorate homemade cards & gift wrapping.

  11. Massage lavender essential oil into aching joints and muscles for added pain relief.

  12. Tie a handful of fresh lavender flowers together with decorative string or ribbon, and hang it on a door for a cozy & fragrant décor.

  13. You can bake with organically grown lavender by adding it into your favourite scone, cake or cookie recipes –  or do a search online to find a recipe that appeals to you.

  14. Gift lavender seed bombs as wedding favours. This also a fun craft to do with your kids. Rip up scrap paper, blend in a blender with some water to make a pulp. To this pulp and a few lavender seeds. Then squeeze out all the water and press into a mould, set aside to dry. When dry they are ready to plant or give away.

  15. Dab lavender infused oil onto itchy & dry skin – is especially good for children (see #42 for Lavender oil recipe).

  16. Use organic lavender blooms as a garnish to add beautiful a purple hue to your cooking.

  17. Make lavender scented soap bars and give it for a wonderful homemade Christmas gift.

  18. A few drops of lavender essential oil on the skin can help soothe bug bites.

  19. For lavender infused vinegar, add a handful of organic lavender buds (dried or fresh) to 2 cups white wine or apple cider vinegar. Let sit for up to 6 weeks, shaking every few days. Strain before use.

  20. Plant lavender in your garden. Lavender comes in many different sizes and colours you can easily create a beautiful border with height and colour interest.

  21. Place a lavender pillow in your linen closet & dresser drawers, to add a sweet scent to clothes and linens.

  22. Tie together a large bunch of dried lavender blooms with a few forget-me-nots, lily of the valley & small daisies for a lovely and elegant lavender bouquet.

  23. Rub lavender essential oil on the temples to ease headaches.

  24. Have a relaxing bath with your homemade lavender bath salt: Mix together 1 cup Epsom salt, ½ cup sea salt, 2-3 Tbsp baking soda & 8-10 drops lavender essential oil. Mix well & store in a sealed jar. Use 1/3 cup per bath.

  25. Sprinkle lavender essential oil on your pillow at night for a peaceful night’s sleep (this is safe for the whole family, baby too).

  26. Add lavender essential oil to your after-sun cream to help soothe sunburned skin. 

  27. Enjoy aromatherapy in your home by adding 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to a bit of water in an oil diffuser.

  28. Make this luscious Lavender Coconut Sugar Scrub for yourself, as a Christmas or bridesmaid gift: Mix together 1 cup organic sugar, ½ cup melted coconut oil, 10-15 drops lavender essential oil, 2 Tbsp organic dried lavender buds. Store in a pretty glass jar.

  29. Make a simple syrup with 1 cup of water, 3 tablespoons lavender flowers (fresh or dried) and 2 cups organic sugar. Bring water and lavender flowers to a boil then add the sugar and reduce it to a simmer. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved, simmering for 15 minutes. Take off heat and let steep for at least one hour. Then strain out the lavender. Pour into a bottle and keep in the refrigerator. It will store well for about 2 weeks. Add to your homemade lemonade recipe.

  30. Soothe minor burns with a few drops of lavender essential oil diluted with water and rubbed onto the skin.

  31. Use organic lavender flower blooms to decorate a cake.

  32. Add crushed dried lavender flowers to your homemade liquid soap recipe.

  33. Add organic lavender blooms to your homemade blackberry jam for a nice & fragrant variation.

  34. Make a Dream Pillow by stuffing dried flower heads into a sachet and place under the pillowcase at bedtime.

  35. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a carrier oil (light olive, sweet almond, jojoba) and massage over the lower abdomen to help relieve menstrual cramps.

  36. Homemade lavender potpourri makes for a great gift for yourself or a loved one.

  37. Stir crumbled organic fresh lavender blooms and a pinch of cinnamon into vanilla ice cream for a pleasant treat.

  38. Use your scrap sewing material to make a lavender eye pillow.

  39. Place fresh flowers in closets and any other storage space to deter moths & silverfish.

  40. Take a picture of your lavender bouquet on an old wooden table or other romantic backdrops, print it out, frame it & hang it in your house.

  41. Make your own lavender water by adding 5 drops of lavender essential oil for every 5oz distilled water. Store in a spritzer bottle and enjoy it as a refreshing facial tonic and as a room spray.

  42. Lavender oil: With a wooden mallet, bruise freshly cut organic lavender flowers, stems & leaves and stuff them into a 500mL mason jar, cover with oil (light olive, almond or jojoba) & let sit for 48 hours. Strain (repeat the above steps again for a stronger fragrance) & store oil in a dark glass jar.

  43. Prepare a recipe a homemade lavender jelly & give it for a hostess gift.

  44. Dab a few drops of diluted lavender essential oil onto acne spots to reduce inflammation and inhibit overgrowth acne-causing bacteria to the skin.

  45. Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your natural deodorant for a natural floral lavender scent.

  46. Add 10-15 drops lavender essential oil to 40oz of carrier oil (sweet almond, or jojoba) for your own relaxing & calming massage oil.

  47. To ease yourself into a tranquil night’s sleep, add 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil to a hot bath at bedtime.

  48. Make a Soothing Lavender Salve: slowly heat ½ cup olive oil over low heat. Add ¼ cup organic lavender buds, turn off the heat and let cool 20 mins. Strain into a glass measuring cup. Boil an inch of water in a pot, simmer & place cup in water. To the cup, add 2 Tbsp grated beeswax, 10 drops lavender essential oil, contents of 1 pierced vitamin E capsule. Let simmer, stirring until all is melted. Pour into a dark glass jar, cool, seal & store. Lastly…enjoy!

  49. Make your own carpet cleaner by mixing together 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to 1cup baking soda. Sprinkle this on the carpet an hour before vacuuming. Vacuum as normal and enjoy the fresh scent of lavender that lingers.

  50. Add this Lavender Vanilla Syrup to sparkling water, vanilla ice cream, or over mixed summer berries: Simmer 1 cup water & ½ cup raw sugar over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add 2 tsp pure vanilla extract & 2 Tbsp organic dried lavender blooms, and simmer 20 mins. Remove from heat, let cool, place in the fridge overnight. Strain blooms and store syrup in the fridge for up to 3 months.

There are so many ways to use lavender I’m sure you could add to this list. Have fun discovering.

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