LOVE lavender? You’re lucky.
Her favorite fragrant garden is blooming and not only good for grandma.
With these helpful suggestions, make miracles year-round. . .
DRY FOR: For dried lavender, cut the long stems, then tie them together with ribbon and hang them upside down to dry for at least two weeks until the branches break in half rather than bend.
Once they’re dry, you can use them in a variety of ways, from long-lasting dried flower arrangements to soothing lavender oils.
HOME SPA: Once completely dry, hang your lavender bouquet upside down in the bathroom, along with a few sprigs of dried eucalyptus.
The steam from the shower then releases the scent, giving you an exceptional spa experience right in the comfort of your own home.
DISASTER: Making your own lavender oil will make you feel relaxed.
Place the dried lavender stems in an airtight jar filled with olive oil.
Leave on the windowsill for a week or two, shaking occasionally, then strain through muslin or cheesecloth.
Return the liquid to a clean, disinfected container and store in a cool, dark place.
Use as a liniment or rub a drop onto your pulse points to help you sleep.
STEAM DREAM: No fresh or dried lavender?
Nothing. Holland & Barrett has Miaroma Pure Lavender Essential Oil, 10ml, for £6.50, buy one and get half the price.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils, famous for helping people relax, sleep well and also for repelling insects.
Add a few drops to a water diffuser to feel the benefits.
You can also put a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale to relieve anxiety or apply the same method on a pillow to ease sleep.
AROMATIC BAG: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to tradition and a bag of divinely scented lavender remains one of life’s little pleasures, especially if you make your own.
Why not visit one of the growing lavender farms around the country this summer to buy some fresh or dried lavender to make your own, using scrap materials.
Keep two parts lavender, one part rice, to add weight to your bag.
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