Lavender is an aromatic herb that has been used for centuries for both culinary and medicinal reasons. It is a common ingredient in many soaps, lotions and natural cleaning detergents. Lavender's soothing smell is used for aromatherapy, which can help with anything from headaches to emotional disorders. This versatile herb can grow almost anywhere that has moderately warm temperatures and a good water supply. Fresh lavender flowers have many uses around the house.
Add a cup of fresh lavender to a muslin drawstring bag. Tie the bag shut so no lavender can escape from it. Put the bag in the dryer when you dry a load of laundry to keep your clothes smelling fresh. You can use each bag up to 20 times.
Add 2 cups of water and a heaping tablespoon of lavender to a small pan. Bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat as soon as the water boils and wait for it to cool down. If you drink the lavender-infused water, it helps calm nerves and induce sleep. You can also use it as a hair rinse to treat dandruff.
Put a small handful of lavender flowers beneath your pillow. Lavender naturally reduces stress, helps you sleep, helps with headaches and provides many other health benefits.
Add a handful of lavender flowers to a hot bath. Not only does the smell help you relax, but the lavender also helps soothe irritated skin.
Crush the lavender flowers and add them to any bread or cookie recipe. The amount needed differs from recipe to recipe, but a good rule of thumb is to start out using ½ tbsp. Experiment with your recipes to find what level of lavender works best for you.
Mix a teaspoon of lavender into liquid soaps or shampoos to add a fresh floral aroma.