Lavender is a Mediterranean flowering herb of the mint family. It ages back 2500 years and is one of the most aromatic herbs in the world. Lavender herb is known to have known to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It makes a lovely addition to home gourmet food, drinks and DIY skincare. Growing aromatic lavender herb at home is simple. It needs well-drained soil to flourish, whether planting in a pot or garden.
When growing lavender plant, pick a spot that will get at least 6- 8 hours of full sun and alkaline soil. Now that you know the pro tips to grow your own lavender plant, you are ready to get started!We are sharing 5 intensive ways in which you can use your lavender herb harvest. Experiment these with different combinations based on your taste and other ingredients.
Why use Lavender herb for your Home
1. Air Purifying Properties
Lavender is a drought tolerant and low maintenance herb. The vibrant colour enhances the aesthetics of your garden. Lavender plant also attract bees and butterflies. Lavender is also a natural air purifier. You could grow it in home or office in gardens as well as pots for healthier families and employees.
Easy tips on how to use lavender for air purification and fragrance in your home-
- You could place fresh lavender flowers in your wardrobes for a nice soothing fragrance. They also deter moths & silverfish.
- You could also make a quick and easy room spray with lavender flowers. You will need 2 cups of water. Add 2-3 drops each of lavender, peppermint & lemon/rosemary essential oils in a spritzer bottle and use as much as you like.
2. Benefits of Lavender Herb for Skin
Due to its anti-inflammatory nature and antiseptic properties, Lavender is a big yes for your skin. This anti-ageing and antiseptic healing herb is recommended for all skin types. Lavender essential oil can be applied directly on the skin to cure skin issues as acne, eczema and even psoriasis. It is also helpful in delaying fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Explore some easy ways of using lavender herb in your daily life with our DIY recommendations.
Use in DIY Cosmetics
Lavender is renowned in the skincare industry for its exquisite fragrance and experience. You could make soaps and bath salts with this herb and pamper yourself. Enjoy the DIYs and induce zero strain on your pocket). Plus they make invaluable personalized gifts!
Easy tips on how to use lavender herb for DIY skin care-
Lavender Tonic Water:
Make your own lavender a refreshing facial tonic water. Add 6-7 drops of lavender essential oil for 150 ml distilled water and store in a spritzer bottle. This can also be used as a room spray and contains zero chemicals.
Bath scrub recipe:
Mix together ½ cup sea salt or white sugar, 1/4 cup baking soda & 10-20 drops lavender essential oil with ¼ cup extra virgin coconut/ olive oil. You can also add grounded coffee to this mixture. Add dried lavender flowers to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar. Scoop out a small amount and massage on face, feet, and hands or the whole body.
3. Medicinal benefits of Lavender for your body
Lavender oil is not only renowned for its fragrance but also medicinal properties. Since ancient time, it has been used as a herbal remedy as an immediate relief against joint paints, bug bites, sunburns and headaches.
Easy tips on how to use lavender plant as a medicine:
- You could sprinkle some lavender oil drops on your pillow or keep a sachet of dried lavender flowers under it for a relaxing sleep. Lavender oil can also be applied on temples to avoid insomnia.
- Lavender essential oil is helpful in curing menstrual cramps. It can be used in a combination with a carrier oil( like almond oil or olive oil or coconut oil). Dab some drops of diluted lavender essential oil onto acne spots. It will reduce inflammation and limit the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
Quick organic lavender oil recipe:
We recommend you make your own organic lavender oil. It is an easy recipe and ensures 100% purity. Take a 250 ml glass jar and add cut homegrown lavender flowers, stems and leaves. Cover the mixture with olive or almond oil & let sit for 2 days. Strain & store the oil in an airtight glass jar. Use as needed.
4. Make Beverages
Lavender herb makes magical beverages that cure headaches and anxiety. Dried lavender flower heads can be used with dried chamomile flowers and other calming herbs for brewing tea or making lemonade.
The tea can also be used after shampooing on the scalp to remedy dandruff. We are sharing 2 very simple lavender tea( hot and iced) recipes below. Happy brewing!
Easy tips on how to make lavender tea-
Lavender Tea Recipe
Lavender Lemonade Recipe
Boil 7 cups water in a saucepan. For mixture 1, pour 4 cups of the water over the lavender buds and steep for 10 minutes. Strain this mixture. For mixture 2, pour the remaining water over the sugar and stir. You can also add herbs like rosemary or basil for enhanced flavour. Combine the lavender and sugar mixtures in a pitcher. Add lemon juice and serve with ice.
5. Lavender in Cuisine
Lavender is a versatile herb for cooking. With its endearing scent and colour, lavender buds make any ordinary dish look and tastes special. There is an endless list of lavender infused desserts that you can try. These include salads, cakes, crepes, tarts, ice creams, pancakes, cookies, scones, frostings and hot chocolate. The recipes below can be made by home and added to food and beverage variations.
Easy tips on how to cook with lavender-
Lavender salad dressing recipe
Mix together 6 tsp olive oil with 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tsp lime juice, 2 tsp vinegar and honey and 1 tsp lavender buds in a blender. Add to salads as required. Use this salad dressing to suit your recipe.
Lavender Syrup recipe
Boil 1 cup water,1/2 sugar and 1 tsp dried lavender flowers. Stir occasionally and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the lavender flowers and let cool. You can also add lemon zest or honey for different variations. Add to cocktails, desserts or teas.
The blog is a short glimpse of how lavender can be used. We recommend you grow it with these pure and open-pollinated lavender seeds and experiment your ways with this beautiful herb.