Lavender has been used for centuries as a perfume and for its calming and medicinal properties.
Prevent colds, flu and fevers
Lavender resists germs and soothes congestion.
- Place several drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue or handkerchief and take several deep breaths of the essence throughout the day.
- Alternatively, place a few drops of lavender essential oil in a pot of water on the stove to simmer.
Heal cuts, scrapes, burns, bug bites and eczema
Lavender essential oil encourages rapid healing and prevents infections in minor cuts and scrapes, and soothes burns and eczema.
- Apply one to two drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball, along with one drop of tea tree oil. Dab it on affected area, repeat as necessary, using a fresh cotton ball each time.
Create soothing bath and bedtime routines
Lavender encourages relaxation at every age.
- Use two to three drops of lavender oil and one to two drops of chamomile oil in a warm bath (Adjust to 1:1 for infants).
- Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on pillow cases to enjoy stress-free sleep.
Repel insects and stale odors
Lavender is an insect repellent.
- Use lavender sachets to keep closets and drawers fresh smelling and keep away moths and other bugs away from linens and woolens.
Culinary lavender is a flavor enhancer.
- In the same family as mint and rosemary, but slightly stronger, use lavender to flavor both sweet and savory dishes.
Steep lavender buds in warm milk or cream before making ice cream, whipped cream or crème brulee. Combine lavender with soft cheeses such as goat cheese or bake with brie.
The best cooking lavender varieties are the angustifolias, as other varieties can taste bitter.