Making the most of your Lavender
4 useful things you can do with your Lavender
Lavender is your old, reliable friend. It doesn't leave you after cold winters. It doesnt punish you for giving it a harsh cut back, and it never fails to surprise you in early summer with its beautiful lilac blooms and wonderful scent. As there's nothing quite like harvesting your own plants, and getting to enjoy them in the house as well as in the garden, we are going to give you 4 fantastic things you can do with your lavender rather than it simply looking and smelling beautiful in your garden.
Lavender is so much more than just a flavour for soap. Lavender is becoming more popular in food and drink products such as gin, apple juice and ice cream. Some of you may question a lavender cake, but infusing lavender into cakes gives it a light, floral, palma violet-ness flavour to the sponge, which is both wonderful and exquisit. Here is a recipe to make your own lavender infused sponge cake, which is so worth a try! What is great is that you only need a small amount of lavender, around 6 sprigs. So whether you have a meadow of lavender, or a couple of pots on your patio it can easily be done at no extra expense.
Photo by Sven Mangaurd
2) Helps you sleep
Lavender has been proven to help you sleep. A study found that sleep can be improved by up to 20% when having lavender scent diffused in your bedroom through the night. You can save yourself money by using your own home grown lavender rather than purchasing lavender oil. You can simply pick a few sprigs of lavender allow to dry, then place in a hessian bag and put under your pillow and change lavender as needed.
3) Home-made bath salts
Imagine lying in a warm bath, relaxing in peace, self-indulging in the scent of your own lavender that you've turned into bath salts. Pretty great right? One your going to need to tell your friends. Here is a simple recipe to create your own home-made lavender bath salts.
2 cups of Epsom salt
1/2 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of sea salt
30 drops Lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients into a Mason jar. Allow the oils to infuse for a couple of days and they are ready to use. You can be inventive and add other flavours such as mint or rose.
4) Tumble Dryer Sachets
Add a natural, fresh scent to your washing by making Lavender tumble dryer sachet. These are super easy and can be made with bits from around your house.
You will need:
Cotton materical ( you can use an old cotton shirt)
Needle and thread
Dried Lavender from the garden
1) Cut two 6inch square of fabric
2) Lay one square of fabric on top of the other, the fabric facing inwards ( if there is a pattern)
3) Stitch 3 of the 4 sides of the fabric together using running stitch
4) Turn the shape inside out, the stitch should no longer be exposed
5) You will now have a pocket shape that you can fill with your dried Lavender
6) Finally stitch together the final side of the square making sure there are no gaps. It's best to use an overcast stitch.
Voila! 6 easy steps to making your own tumble dryer sachets to give your washing a Lavender scent. You can also put these sachets in your drawers to maintain the scent.
There you have it, 4 useful things to do with Lavender.