Uses for Lavender
Lavender Scents and Essential Oils
The street fairs and markets in southern France are bursting with lavender products: lavender soaps, lavender sachets, lavender honey, lavender tea, lavender vinegars, lavender body cream, and dried bunches of the pleasurably heady herb. You could buy lavender sachets in shops in the U.S. or loose dried lavender in garden centers to create your own. You may use it to fill a basket lined using a lace-edged linen napkin for the function of keeping bathrooms and closets considerably scented and must-free. With a lace-edged hanky, make a sachet bundle. Pour a little amount in the middle of the hanky, pull up the corners, and tie using a ribbon a few inches down.
Lavender is likewise a deterrent to mildew inside closets. Put small bowls of lavender in the cabinets and drawers and in the corners of the room. It keeps away that awful insidious mildew smell, and it will give your home an adorable, subtle, and fresh scent that is not icky sweet the way some potpourri can become. Put a few inside shoes that aren't used often. It will keep mildew from sneaking in and your feet might even seem more pleased.
Essence of lavender has thorough uses, from cleansing skinned knees to adding freshness to the water we use to clean our floors. It could be noted that French women put lavender to their cleaning water since it has been acknowledged to repel scorpions. Luckily we have no such demand, but it surely can't hurt to try it for repelling a few of our own bothersome summer bugs. Who knows, we might find our very own cures or excuses for using lavender.
A drop of lavender oil in the rinse cycle when washing sheets has been known to cause a most restful night's sleep. For more exotic uses that are less drastic than repelling scorpions, insert lavender soap between your linens, add lavender oil to your bath, clear up a stuffy head by breathing in the steam from lavender-infused boiling water, and spread lavender honey on your breakfast toast to have with your lavender tea.
The wonderful thing with drying lavender is that it lasts forever. After relishing it fresh in a vase, tie a bunch together using twine and hang it upside down in a dark cool place, such as the basement, for drying. When it is dry, set up the stalks in a basket and you could keep it indefinitely. To create your own potpourri put in a drop or two of lavender oil to the buds and toss in a bowl. When you place a bowl of lavender in the closet or on the bath sink, toss it from time to time to bring out and rejuvenate the scent. And if you enjoy the colors of the dark purple flowers with the deep green stalks, regard this as your inspiration for a whole new beautifying scheme.