Lavender is a favourite for many people thanks to its pleasant, refreshing scent, and the many health benefits it brings. Cultivated in countries all around the world, it’s easy to get some and use it yourself. While it’s easier to use lavender oil, there are things you can do with fresh lavender, as well. Find out more about how to use fresh lavender!
Lavender, also called Lavandula, is an herb with 39 species of flowering plants. It belongs to the mint family and it is cultivated in countries that have a temperate climate. It can be used as an ornamental plant, a culinary herb, or in order to produce lavender essential oil.
While you can get plenty of health benefits from lavender oil, this shouldn’t discourage you from usingfresh lavender.
It shouldn’t be difficult to buy fresh lavender. You can find it in flower shops or you can try at local farms. Once you get some fresh lavender branches, you can find plenty of ways to use them around the house.
Everyone knows that lavender has a lovely, refreshing scent. This makes it a great choice when it comes to decorating your house with fresh flowers. You can place fresh lavender in dry vases or hang them upside down all over your house: on door frames, window frames, or bedposts.
You can use fresh lavender in order to prepare baked foods. As long as you’re certain that it’s been grown organically and that it hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides, it’s safe to use it. You can try to make lavender cake or shortbread, or use it to add flavor to cookies. You can also prepare lavender sugar by filling a small muslin bag with dried lavender and placing it inside a jar full of sugar. After a month, you’ll get a special kind of sugar to use for tea, coffee or when preparing desserts.
You can also prepare drinks with fresh lavender. A simple choice would be lavender tea: just steep the plant in freshly boiled water for about 5 minutes. You can also use it to add flavor to a refreshing lemonade.
You can use fresh lavender to take care of your body. Not only will you feel clean and fresh, but the pleasant lavender scent will make you feel good, calm.
You can use lavender flowers to make small, lavender breath fresheners. Mix 1 tablespoon of lavender flowers, 2 of icing sugar, 1 egg white (previously whisked) and 2-3 drops of lavender oil. Select small bits and roll them into balls the size of a pea; then, place them on a sheet of baking paper and let them dry for about 24 hours. Store them into a small, air-tight container that you can carry around, so that you can chew one whenever needed.
You can also try to prepare lavender wash balls. Grate 500g of white, unscented soap. Take 30g of powdered, fresh lavender flowers and 30g of orris root powder; sift them through a sieve and mix with the grated soap. Add 15g of laundry starch, 15 drops of lavender fragrant oil, 3 drops of rosemary fragrant oil and of lemon fragrant oil, 3 drops of bergamot essential oil, and 6 drops of lavender essential oil. After you mix them, add rosewater until the mixture becomes a stiff paste and then roll into ball the size of a gold ball. Place them on a sheet of wax paper, adding another over them. Let them dry inside a dry, dark cupboard for at least 2-3 weeks. Once they’re dry, wrap each of them into individual wax paper and store them for later uses.
If you’ve got a wedding coming up, a fresh lavender wedding bouquet is bound to look and smell lovely. Plus, if you wish to preserve it, lavender can easily be dried and kept for years. Also, it’s become popular to throw lavender flowers at weddings instead of the classic rice. Have a different wedding by adding lavender into it.
When dealing with fresh lavender, it’s best to watch out for allergic reactions. Common symptoms include difficulty in breathing, skin rashes, and swelling of the lips and tongue. Stop using lavender and contact a doctor.
Also, some people might be rather sensitive and have an unpleasant reaction to lavender. While rare, side effects of fresh lavender can occur and they include nausea, vomiting, and/or headaches.
Fresh lavender can be quite useful. Grow some in your garden for the lovely scent, as well as for its benefits.