Lavender Gifts make the perfect all-natural Valentine’s day or “just because” present.
- Give what you would love to receive.
- Personalize your present.
- Be creative.
Gathering your own lavender:
If you have lavender growing in your garden it is simple to dry and save your flower buds in the summer or fall. Just cut a few bunches, and let dry in a warm, dark, dry spot with good airflow. You may also purchase dried lavender to use in your home. Visit a local lavender farm or natural food shop where lavender flowers and buds are often sold in bulk for crafting, cooking, and creating body care products. Make sure to inquire how the lavender was grown since you do not want to use plant materials that have been sprayed with floral preservatives or other chemicals. If you can eat it, it is safe to use in creating body care products.
Pamper your loved ones with these homemade gifts:
Here are three simple body care products featuring lavender you can create at home. Make one or all three and package them together in a cute box or basket. You can also include some new garden plants, seeds, or fresh flowers.
- 1 /4 to 1 /2 cup dried lavender buds
- cotton fabric
- needle and thread or sewing machine
- Cut out two shapes from your fabric and stitch the right sides together, leaving a small opening.
- Turn inside out and press with an iron.
- Fill with dried lavender and stitch opening closed by hand.
- You may decorate with beads, patches, or buttons.
Relaxing Lavender Salts
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1 /2 cup sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
- 1 /2 cup baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons dried lavender buds
- 4 to 5 drops essential oil of lavender (optional)
- In a large bowl mix together all ingredients.
- Stir well and spoon into a clean container.
- Add 1 /2 cup to 1 cup to your bath as you fill the tub.
- Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Yield: 16 ounces
Lavender Sugar Scrub
- 1 /4 dried lavender buds and leaves
- 1 cup granulated sugar or fine grain raw sugar
- Valentine sugar hearts for fun
- In a clean, dry glass jar, alternate layers of sugar and dried lavender.
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid or beeswax wrap, and place in a dry spot for a few weeks.
- For gift-giving, spoon into a decorated jar and place a few sugar hearts on top.
- Pour a small amount of the scrub into the palm of your hand, and mix with water or your favorite cleanser.
- Massage into damp skin in a circular motion
- Rinse well with warm water.
Yield: 8 ounces
Quick & Easy Lavender Gifts
Here are a few more ways to share your love of lavender with your friends and loved ones.
- Bake a batch of heart-shaped lavender shortbread cookies or scones.
- Infuse a favorite homemade or store-bought jam with this culinary lavender herb and spoon into a pretty jar.
- Make a batch of candied walnuts or almonds and sprinkle with some dried lavender buds.
- Create your own healthy herb tea blend using dried lavender buds, mint leaves, and rosebuds. Chamomile daisies also go well with lavender.
Learn more about Lavender and the many ways to use it:
Written By: Janice Cox
Author of: Beautiful Lavender
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