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Published on March 11th, 2012 | by thevyne

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Lovely Lavender…Let’s Count the Ways

If you’re into aromatherapy then you already know how calming and soothing the scent of lavender can be. But did you know there are so many other clever and useful ways to incorporate this herb into your life? Let’s count the ways…

  1. Bunches by the Bed: Thanks to the suggestion of Alli G. (friend of The Vyne) I purchased several bunches of dried lavender. I placed them in a simple glass vase on my nightstand and now have the pleasure of falling asleep to this relaxing scent every night.
  2. Bug Repellent: Who knew that lavender was a natural insect repellent? It’s effective and smells way better than the harsh chemicals in the leading insect repellent brands. Try using a lavender water spray, which you can make by combining 10-20 drop of lavender essential oil with a cup of water.
  3. Bake Goodies: As long as the lavender has been grown organically and has not been sprayed with pesticides (apart from homemade safe ones), it is ideal to use in baking. Why not try making some lavender scones for your next girl’s tea! Here’s a recipe:

            2 cups all purpose flour

            1 Tablespoon baking powder

            4 Tablespoons (1/2) stick) sweet, unsalted butter

            1/4 cup sugar

            2 teaspoons fresh lavender or 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender, coarsely chopped

            2/3 cup milk, plus extra for glaze

           Yield: 12 Scones 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees – 
Grease and then sprinkle flour on a large baking sheet – Sift flour and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl – Mix in the butter until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs – Stir in the sugar and lavender (save a small amount to sprinkle on top of the scones before baking) – Add a sufficient amount of milk to make a soft and sticky dough consistency – Place the dough on a floured surface. Cut the dough into 1 inch thick rounds with a cookie cutter – Place the scones onto the greased and floured baking sheet – Brush the top of each scone with a bit of milk and sprinkle with the reserved lavender and sugar – Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until it is a golden brown color – Serve with butter and jam. (Recipe courtesy of wiki how)

4. Drawer Sachet: Tie a bundle of dried lavender into a sachet bag and place in your drawers to keep those pesky boll weevils, moths and such away from your clothes and your clothes smelling lovely.

           5. Brew it up: Try substituting your usual tea with some lavender tea. Turns out its good for mild headaches and calming before bedtime. Great pairing for the lavender scones too! For a more refreshing treat, try making cold lavender lemon tea or lavender lemonade.

          6. Muscle Soothing: Try soaking in lavender Epsom salt next time you need to ease the tension in your muscles. I recently purchased a lavender heat/cold wrap that’s filled with lavender, cloves, etc. You can put it in the microwave to heat it up and then wrap around your neck or throw it in the fridge for a while to make an instant cold pack. You get the benefit of aromatherapy and the hot/cold element.

          7. Breath Savers: How about making your own lavender breath savers? Here’s a simple recipe we found:

1 tbsp lavender flowers

2 tbsp icing sugar/confectioner’s sugar

2-3 drops lavender oil

1 egg white, whisked

Wash hands well – Mix the ingredients together well until smooth – Select small portions of the mixture – Roll into small balls about the size of a pea – Set aside on a sheet of baking paper or a china plate – Allow to dry for 24 hours, or until firm – Store in an air-tight container or wrap in wax paper for taking with you – Chew when needed. A delicious taste and aroma of lavender will fill your mouth. (Recipe courtesy of http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Lavender-Breath-Freshener )


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