We have been trying to make the most of our plants and all they have to offer. This year, we have focused on drying plants and herbs in order to re-purpose them. Lavender, from the garden, can be brought inside before the end of the season and dries pretty quickly.
Why you should grow Lavender:
Lavender is a beautiful, purple plant that is easy to grow. Most varieties are perennial, this means that it will come back year after year. The plant is relatively low maintenance and does not require a lot of care. There are many health benefits of lavender. Its scent has been said to relieve stress and promote relaxation. The oil from the lavender plant can be used in many ways and it can also be found in foods such as tea or dressings. And let’s be honest, it smells amazing!
Lavender is a beautiful plant that gives off a calming aroma. If you have lavender in your garden you can use it for a variety of things in your home.
Drying lavender is quite easy. You need to cut the lavender and bunch it together at the stalks. Once the lavender is cut, you can hang it upside down in a dry room for about a week.
Here are a couple DIY activities that I have recently tried with this plant that have turned out quite nice.
DIY: Dried lavender pouches
Dried lavender scented pouches smell great and they are all natural.
To make the pouches I dried the lavender and pulled the seeds off of the stalk. This process was a little tedious but well worth it (make sure you are working on a flat surface).
Next, I found scrap fabric and pulled out my sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine, don’t fear, these can be sewn by hand with a needle and thread! I made 4×4 inch pouches, sewed three sides, and stuffed the dried lavender inside the pouch. Once the pouch was filled to my liking, I sewed the final side.
I put the pouch in the dryer with my laundry and it made the laundry smell amazing. I also put one pouch in my pillow case to help with relaxation when lying down for bed.
Making your own dryer pouches cuts down on waste that comes with buying dryer sheets. The key is to use old scraps of fabric or old tee shirts when making these pouches so that you are recycling in the process. Once the scent wears off you can cut a slit in one side of the pouch and refill them.
These pouches make great stocking stuffers or gift bag ideas.
DIY: Dried lavender for flower arrangements
Another way to put use to your lavender from the garden is to use it for decoration. Lavender can be added to flower arrangements or even be hung on the wall as a decoration. Dry the lavender as we mentioned above and then place it where you like. It is a natural way to brighten up the room.