Many gardeners enjoy growing lavender in an herb garden, not only for the beauty of the lavender plant as it is growing, but also for the plentiful uses for the dried lavender flowers. When the lavender plant puts forth a burst of blossoms, harvest them and put them to good use in a variety of ways. Use the lavender flowers in the kitchen or use them in one of many crafting projects.
Cut flowers from the lavender plant on long stems. Choose flowers at the peak of bloom for the greatest scents. Collect the flowers in the basket and bring them indoors to use.
Tie a bundle of lavender stems together to create a rustic sachet. Tie a pretty ribbon around the cotton string, if desired. Place a bundle of lavender in dresser drawers, linen closets and wardrobes to add the scent of lavender to your clothing and linens.
Fill the glass jar with approximately two inches of olive oil. Clip the flowers from the stems so you have only blossoms. Use the palm of your hand to crush the blossoms just enough to activate the scents and oils of the lavender blossoms. Place the crushed lavender blossoms into the olive oil and seal the jar. Place the jar in a dark cupboard for one week. Open the jar and remove the crushed blossoms. Use the infused lavender oil for adding to bath water, moisturizing skin and as massage oil.
Cook with lavender blossoms. Add whole lavender blossoms to both fruit and vegetable salads. Crush the lavender blossoms and add them to quick breads and muffins. Add several teaspoons of crushed lavender blossoms to one cup of sugar and stir well to make a lavender sugar.
Make herbal tea and add several crushed lavender blossoms to the tea as it steeps. Strain out the lavender blossoms after several minutes and you will have a delightful herbal tea with a hint of lavender.
Use stems with lavender blossoms in a variety of dried floral arrangements. Add the lavender blossoms to a grapevine wreath and add other assorted dried wild flowers to complement the lavender blossoms. Place the lavender stems in a vase and fill the vase with other dried flowers as desired to create pleasing dried floral arrangements.