7 Great Projects you can make with your Lavender Harvest
Known for its frequent use in cosmetics, medicine, and culinary., lavender can be harvested in late spring and summer or May, June, and July. After the harvesting of this well-known herb, you will probably will want to take advantage of lavender’s many uses. For the best results, consider incorporating dried lavender in your household projects, bath and body, drinks, and food.
1. Dried Lavender Wreath
A homemade dried lavender wreath is perfect for helping you decompress after a long day. The wreath is not only extremely pretty, but the aromatherapy scents from the lavender send most people to their happy place.
Dried Lavender Wreath Instructions
Wire coat hanger
The base of the wreath can be made by bending the wire coat hanger into a circular form. Secure a handful of dried lavender to the form with twine or wire. By keeping the twine on the form, you can attach the flowers around entire form. When the project is complete, hang the wreath on a door with the hook. This dried lavender wreath was first created by Stephanie at Garden Therapy and you can find complete directions there.
2. Lavender Sachets
Often given as elegant yet simple wedding favors, lavender sachets can be made with harvested lavender. These sachets are also frequently placed in a pillow case at bedtime to promote sound sleep.
Lavender Sachets Instructions
Decorative muslin bags
Lavender essential oil
Fill the small muslin bags with the dried lavender buds. Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to the bags and the gently shake to mix the contents.
3. Coconut and Lavender Body Scrub
This luxurious scrub is sure to make your skin feel so soft and smooth. Created with natural ingredients, the homemade skincare product can be used two to three times a week.
Coconut and Lavender Body Scrub
Lavender essential oil
Warm 1/4 c. of coconut oil on low heat until liquid. Stir in 1/4 c. of almond oil.
In a spice grinder, pulse 2 T. of dried lavender buds until a coarse powder
Add 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil to the oil and stir to combine
Add 1/2 c. of sugar and the lavender powder. Stir.
A few dried lavender flowers can be sprinkled on the top for an elegant effect
4. Lavender Bath Salts
The homemade lavender bath salts not only make a pretty display, but are also great for your skin.
Lavender Bath Salts Recipe
Epsom salts or Dead Sea salt
Add 1 c. of Epsom salts to the jar.
Pulse 1/4 c. of oatmeal in a spice grinder until a coarse meal. Add to the salt.
Add 1/4. c. of dried lavender buds. Put the lid on and shake and twirl to combine.
To use, place half the mixture in a muslin bag. Cinch it closed and toss it in your tub. The bag keeps your tub from getting messy!
5. Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
Drinking fresh blueberry lavender lemonade is a great alternative to consuming sodas at dinner or a party. Jordan at Oh Happy Day presents a simple lemonade recipe that can be enhanced with garnishes like lemon, blueberries, and dried lavender. Be sure to use culinary lavender.
Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Recipe
Lemon slices (optional garnish)
Make a blueberry lavender syrup from the blueberries, lavender, sugar, and water.
Inspired by blogger Bri Emery at Design Love Fest, the dried buds from your lavender harvest can be used to create a delicious dessert or hors d’oeuvres known as lavender honey crostinis.
Lavender Honey Crostinis Recipe
Dried lavender buds
Bri starts by infusing honey with lavender [editors note: use culinary lavender]. After straining, it is set aside. She toasts slices of baguette and tops them with goat cheese, berries, and lavender honey. Mmm.
7. White Chocolate Chunk Lavender Ice Cream
A post that was on the blog How Sweet Easts features a dessert with dried lavender. Few people can resist this scrumptious ice cream.
White Chocolate Chunk Lavender Ice Cream Recipe
Dried culinary lavender
White chocolate chips
This delicious dessert infuses the ice cream base with lavender. After steeping and cooling, you can process this in your ice cream maker. Top with white chocolate chips before serving. You can find the complete recipe here.
In addition to these most common uses of lavender, the fresh herb can also be used to make cleaning supplies, sleeping spray, and much more. You can even make a DIY lavender hydrosol. The possibilities are endless. Lavender can truly be called a well-rounded herb.
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