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Growing Lavender and Using it in Your Home
Growing Lavender in the Garden
If there’s one herb that evokes feelings of serenity, it’s lavender. On Natorp’s Nursery, there are twelve types growing for the garden! It is a lovely plant in the ground or as a container herb. Like rosemary, it doesn’t like wet feet but this perennial member of the mint family does love plenty of sun. Also, good drainage. Gardeners want to harvest the flowers as they start to open and pluck leaves anytime.
Cooking with Lavender
While it provides a beautiful bloom and an incredible scent, but what about cooking? Here are some great ideas:
- Its leaves and flowers are delicious added to lemonade.
- Create Herbes de Provence, a famous french herb blend.
- Lemon and lavender are a wonderful combination in baked goods.
Uses in the Home
- The essential oil can be directly applied to the skin for cuts, bites, and blemishes.
- Lavender linen spray is a beautiful, aromatic spray for linens. I like to spritz it on bed pillows for a clean, calming sleep. Makes a wonderful garden gift for Mom for mother’s day
Creating a Linen Spray
Put everything in a jar and shake well. The witch vodka/witch hazel helps distribute the essential oil into the water.
- 1/4 cup vodka or witch hazel
- 20 drops or so lavender essential oil
- 1-1/2 cups high-quality water – I use distilled
- Pour into a spray bottle
- Store at room temperature or for longer storage, in the refrigerator
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