15 Uses for Lavender

15 Uses for Lavender

Originating from the Mediterranean, lavender is now an iconic part of the British cottage garden. With a name deriving from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash’, the herb has been used for thousands of years to scent baths and clothes, as well as for its medicinal properties as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is also often used to soothe nerves and to aid sleep and relaxation. A diverse plant, it can be used fresh, dried or as an extracted essential oil. If you have an abundance of lavender, read below for some inspiration on how to make the most of your pretty purple posies.

Uses for Lavender

  1. Make homemade lavender scented candles, by heating wax and adding lavender buds and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

  2. Keep wardrobes and linen closets fresh by drying lavender and keeping it in little muslin bags.

  3. Weave a beautiful lavender wreath or love heart to hang in the house.

  4. Mix water and lavender essential oil in a spritzer bottle to make a relaxing room spray.

  5. If you’re more of an alchemist, try making lavender scented soap for an original homemade gift.

  6. Bake lavender into cakes, scones or shortbread.

  7. Weave ribbon round bundles of lavender stalks to make lavender wands, perfect for keeping dresser drawers smelling lovely.

  8. Rub lavender essential oil on the temples to relax you and ease headaches.

  9. Have a relaxing bath with homemade lavender bath salts, made with Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda and lavender essential oil.

  10. Make your own carpet cleaner by mixing lavender essential oil with baking soda. Sprinkle on the carpet an hour before vacuuming for a lingering fresh scent of lavender.

  11. Add lavender to homemade lemonade for a summery refreshment.

  12. Make lavender-infused sugar to sprinkle over biscuits or fruit, sweeten tea, or bake into cakes or muffins.

  13. Combine dried lavender buds and fresh blueberries to make a jam that captures the taste of summer.

  14. Make a lavender syrup to add to ice cream, a bowl of fruit, or even champagne.

  15. And, for a peaceful night’s sleep, try putting a little lavender essential oil on your pillow when you go to bed.

We combine lavender essential oil with Shea butter to create a wonderfully soothing and relaxing Lavender Body Butter. Designed to nourish and moisturise your skin, its whipped texture and calming aroma make it the perfect treat after a long evening soak in the tub!