According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, lavender can be used to treat headaches, upset stomach, anxiety, insomnia, depression and hair loss. Incorporate this resilient herb into your garden and use the dried springs for handmade bath salts, tea sachets and herbal hot packs. Hang harvested lavender in a closet for one to three weeks before crafting.
Lavender Bath Salts
Place 3 to 4 tbsp. dried lavender in a muslin bag with one tbsp. Epsom salt.
Add dried mint, rose petals or other essential oils to the bag and tie it shut with a length of string.
Hang the bag under hot running water in your tub and soak in the lavender infused water.
Lavender Mint Tea Bags
Place 1 tsp. dried lavender and 1 tsp. dried mint in the center of a clean coffee filter.
Gather the edges of the coffee filter together and twist. Secure with string or a rubber band.
Place your lavender mint tea bag in a liter of boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes before drinking.
Lavender Hot Pack
Fold your fabric in half lengthwise with the patterned sides facing inwards. Stitch one of the short ends and the long length of fabric together with a quarter inch seam allowance.
Turn the fabric right side out and fill 3 quarters full with uncooked rice and 2 to 3 tbsp. dried lavender. Hand stitch the other end of the fabric closed.
Heat the pack in your microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes and drape around your neck or place on sore muscles.
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Lydia Stephens began writing professionally in 2009. She has written online for Nile Guides, SheKnows.com and various other Web sites and has been published in "Stringing Magazine" and "Xiamen Wave." Stephens played competitive soccer for 19 years, has been weight lifting since 2007 and enjoys running, biking and sailing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Texas.