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8 Fun Uses for Lavender in Your Home

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Lavender’s fragrant blooms have been valued for centuries – not only for their aromatherapy benefits, but also for the household, culinary and health benefits they provide.

Believe it or not, the flowering plant is actually a member of the mint family, and is native to Africa, Europe and Asia. Today, it is grown world-wide, and used in everything from therapeutic essential oils to antiseptics to cupcakes and scones. It’s even been found to have some impressive anti-inflammatory properties.

So how else can you use this floral and herbal treasure? Here are 8 ideas for using lavender around your home.

8 Fun Uses for Lavender in Your Home

1. Make a Lavender Tea

As a dried herb it can be used to make a relaxing herbal tea by steeping in hot (not boiling) water for a few minutes and adding honey.

2. Use a Lavender Tincture

Tinctures are concentrated extracts dissolved in alcohols, which is especially beneficial when a substance is less soluble in water. Lavender tinctures can help promote relaxation and sleep.

3. Make a Sleep Mask or Add Lavender to a Pillow

Adding the dried herb to homemade buckwheat pillows or sleep masks to help promote relaxing sleep.

4. Use on Scalp to Prevent Dandruff

A strong lavender tea can be cooled and used as a scalp rinse to help prevent dandruff.

5. Relax in a Lavender Bath

Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil together with a cup of Epsom salts to a bath helps relax sore muscles.

6. Refresh Your Laundry

Many common household items and fragrances come with loaded with risky chemicals, but lavender presents an easy and natural way to refresh your home and linens. Sew dried lavender flowers into small satchels and use them in place of your dryer sheets in the dryer.

7. Relieve Headaches and Stress

Stress can do a number on our body, impacting everything from our brain health to our chances of developing the Big-C. Smelling lavender oil and rubbing it into the temples often helps relieve stress and calm the stress hormones that present dangers. (Looking for other ways to kick stress to the curb? Check this article with 6 weird ways to eliminate stress.)

8. Replace Your Chemical-Laden Bug Spray

Looking for a natural, DEET-free way to repel mosquitoes and other pesky insects? Lavender is known to act as an excellent natural insect repellent. Use it in a homemade essential oil spray for best results.

And if you wish to grow your own lavender and are curious about the plant itself, here are some of the plant’s properties to keep in mind.

Quick Tips for Growing Your Own Lavender

Growing your own medicinal plants at home can be easier than you think.

Here are some quick tips for growing lavender:

  • Most common form: Lavandula angustifolia, also known as English lavender
  • Light: Full sun
  • Soil: Needs good drainage, drier soil
  • Spacing: 12-18 inches apart
  • Plant Size: 20 to 24 inches tall
  • Garden Use: Containers; herb, vegetable and flower beds
  • Culinary Use: Continental cuisine, baking, teas, jellies, sugars, salts

Note regarding essential oils: Many essential oils are intended for topical use.  Always check with your practitioner for instructions.

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20587573,00.html#unique-uses-for-the-purple-plant-0

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Top-25-Aromatherapy-Plants-77665.shtml

http://www.livestrong.com/article/255859-lavender-oil-as-a-bug-repellent/


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