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Lavender, the beautiful flower loved by gardeners, herbalists, and bees is a powerhouse botanical. This flowering beauty is another one of those multi-purpose herbs. Lavender herb is prized for it’s perfume and should be as that perfume and the rest of the plant can serve us, our homes, and our kitchens incredibly well.
Get started using lavender for body, home, and food with our ultimate guide for how to use lavender herb!
Lavender for the Body
This lovely and aromatic herb is prized for being anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory1. These properties make it a great addition to body products and the smell makes it a delight to wear. Much like the smell has a soothing effect on the brain, lavender can have the same calming effects when taken internally.
Scratch Mommy Founder, Jess, absolutely adores using lavender herb (and lavender essential oil, too) in her handcrafted organic skincare goodies. You’ll love her luxurious Lavender-Infused Body Lotions and her Lavender Deodorant.
Heal: Lavender is known for its ability heal burns and is anti-fungal making it a great choice for healing salves.
Soften: Dry skin can often become softer with lavender’s many soothing properties in both the herbal and essential oil forms. Again, you have got to check out Jess’s beautiful Lavender-Infused Body Lotions to soften even the roughest skin!
Massage: The soothing scent and softening power make lavender essential oil a natural choice for massages and can help it be even more relaxing.
Lavender for the Home
The same reasons lavender is used on the body, makes it a perfect choice for using it in the home as well.
Moths: Put dried lavender blossoms into sachets in closets and drawer to protect clothes from moths.
Diffuse: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a diffuser at night to help promote deep sleep and keep the house smelling fresh. You can also DIY your own essential oil reed diffuser with lavender!
Cleaning: Lavender essential oil has anti-fungal properties making it a perfect addition to homemade cleaners. Putting it laundry soap ensures a delicious and soothing scent and using it on a yoga mat can help kill sweaty odors.
Decorate: Make a lavender wand (or several) and use them as delightfully smelling decorations that can hang in bathrooms, next to beds, sit in pencil cups and more.
Lavender as Food
Lavender provides a lightly floral and sweet flavor to many dishes. It might not be the first spice grabbed off the rack but it does have a place in many meals. Get creative and try using a bit now and then and just see what comes.
Marinade: Include 2 teaspoons fresh lavender (or 1 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms) in marinades for beef or chicken for a delightfully floral twist.
Infuse: Layer fresh blossoms with sugar in a jar and let it sit for a few weeks. After it sits the sugar will take on a slight lavender flavor and the color of the blossoms make it a perfect addition to cookies and cakes.
Drinks: A bit of lavender in lemonade or cocktails is refreshing and delicious on a hot day. On cold days, add some to herbal hot chocolate (or our DIY hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows) for a delicious reminder of summer days.
With all of these amazing uses, it’s no wonder that lavender has a place in the hearts and homes of many. Be sure to make the most of this beautiful and aromatic herb in your home by keeping some in the bathroom, cleaning closet, and spice rack.
Now that you know how to use lavender herb, remember to include lavender in your meal plans, beauty routines, cleaning regimes, and herbal health back pocket.
Please, make sure that you are growing your own lavender flowers (organically!) or purchase quality organic lavender herb. We support Mountain Rose Herbs, where you can find organic lavender herb here.
A Few Precautions: Lavender is generally considered a safe herb but as with anything it isn’t for everyone. Pregnant and nurse feeding women should seek the advice of a doctor or herbalist before using it medicinally. As always double check with a doctor or pharmacist to be sure lavender won’t interfere with any prescription medications. Always dilute the oil when using it on children. As always avoid it if anyone is allergic and seek advice from trained professionals if you have any concerns.