We love lavender, and for good reason. In addition to being a fragrant and beautiful addition to any garden, lavender has an incredible variety of uses. From those who love crafts to those who adore gourmet dishes, there are plenty of different ways to make use of the lavender you grow in your yard.
Among the best places to use lavender, is in the kitchen, where it can enhance a variety of flavorful baked goods. Lavender pairs perfectly with lemon - consider baking delicious lemon-lavender scones, cookies, shortbread and cake for everyday sweet treats. Another great option is lavender sugar, which is simple to make and used in a number of different ways. Consider using lavender flavored sugar along the rims of lemon-flavored drinks (such as martinis) or for adding sweetness to herbal teas, such as chamomile.
And speaking of tea, lavender can be a great addition when you are looking to brew your own herbal teas. Whether you use lavender on its own or add it in with other herbal components, there are a lot of options at hand for using lavender to make tasty teas.
Of course, using all the lavender you grow in your garden all at once can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, this flowering plant can be dried and used in a number of different applications. From scented satchels - perfecting for adding freshness to a clothes drawer, suitcase, or other spot - to lavender potpourri, there are a number of fantastic ways to use dried lavender that require little to no expert knowledge to throw together.
When using lavender for its scent, consider combining it with other fragrance ingredients to bring out its unique qualities. Vanilla is warm and comforting, and when added to lavender can create a soothing fragrance that is perfect for aiding with relaxation and sleep.
Those who are a little bit crafty can use lavender to create tons of different bath and body products. A simple way to use lavender is to create bath satchels containing dried lavender and other bath ingredients, which can be added directly to the water to create a soothing and fragrant bath experience.
Lavender essential oil can be used to make liquid soap, hard soap, shampoo, lotions and various other types of products. Making lavender essential oil is a fairly simple process. Using dried stems, crush the lavender lightly and place it in a small jar. Pour a non-scented oil (such as safflower oil) over the crushed lavender and let it steep in a sunny spot. Outdoors is perfect for this! While your oil should have a lavender aroma within just a few days, about three weeks is ideal for the optimal amount of aroma in the oil.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to grow lavender in your garden, beyond the fact that it is a beautiful addition to any outdoor space. Even if you don't plan to use it yourself, be sure you offer it to friends and family members who may be interested in their DIY products with this fragrant plant.