Lavender Uses in the Home

by Cynthia

Yesterday I posted about taking my kids to a beautiful lavender farm out in the Hood River Valley. Today I thought I would add to that post by including some really easy ways I use lavender through out my house. I love lavender and try to find as many ways to use it as I can. I hope everyone else enjoys some of these easy lavender ideas.

Lavender Linen Water

Lavender linen water is so simple to make I can’t believe I actually see it for sale. Save some money and make it for yourself and gifts for friends. Add several drops lavender essential oil to some distilled water. Pour into a glass bottle(s) and tie some ribbon and dried lavender flower spikes to it for a pretty presentation.

This water can be used in a steam iron or pour some into a spray bottle and lightly spray your linens and towels with it before folding and putting away. Or lightly spray your pillow and linens before settling in bed for the night. Sweet lavender dreams are sure to follow!

Lavender Sugar

Lavender sugar is just as easy to make as the linen water. (This can actually be done with numerous herbs such as lemon balm, scented geraniums, etc.) You simply layer sugar with lavender flower spikes, either fresh or dried, in a glass jar. Leave the sugar to infuse with lavender for a few weeks.

Another method is even easy than the one mentioned above but I have not tried this method so I can not say if the results are as good or not. For this method you place some dried lavender buds and sugar in a food processor or blender and mix until the lavender is finally ground.

Try the lavender sugar in iced tea or even better use in a sugar cookie recipe!

Herbes de Provence

This well known herb mix gets its unique flavor from the lavender in it. It’s really easy to mix together and is great to have in the winter for flavoring soups, sauces, and stews. Also, it makes a lovely gift from the garden if you happen to grow all the herbs yourself (or even if you don’t!). 

To make simply mix together equal parts dried rosemary, savory, thyme, and lavender.

So there you go, three fairly easy ways of incorporating one of the most well loved herbs into your home. Enjoy!

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