Fresh lavender is very easy to dry on your own. Simply cut small bunches of fresh flowers and hang them upside down to dry in a warm, dark spot.
This bath recipe contains lavender, as a relaxant, as well as oatmeal and baking soda, which are soothing to dry, sensitive skin. With it’s healing properties, this is an ideal bath for calming a bad sunburn or insect bites.
MAKES 28 OUNCES
• 1 cup dried lavender flowers
• 2 cups whole oatmeal
• 1⁄2 cup baking soda
1. Place ingredients inside a food processor or blender. Grind until you have a smooth, fine powder. The powder should have the consistency of whole grain flour.
2. Pour into a dry, clean container. To use: Pour 1/2 cup into your bath as you fill the tub.
Lavender Bath Salts
Bath salts are perfect for relaxing sore muscles and rejuvenating the body. Epsom salts and sea salt are soothing to sore muscles because the salts are mildy astringent and help boost circulation. Lavender is also astringent and cleansing and the fresh clean scent also adds to the bath experience by refreshing the mind and body.
MAKES 20 OUNCES
1. Mix ingredients and stir well. Spoon into a clean container with a tight fitting lid.
2. To use: Add 1⁄2 cup to 1 cup to your bath as you fill the tub. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Sweet Dreams Lavender Spray
Use this simple spray after bathing to keep your body relaxed. You can also spray some on your bed pillow at night for sweet dreams. For a refreshing before bed drink, add a few fresh sprigs of lavender to a glass of mineral water or brew up a cup of lavender tea.
MAKES 4 OUNCES
1. Mix ingredients and pour into a clean spray bottle.
2. To use: Spray onto clean skin or fresh linens before going to sleep in the evening.
Lavender Lip Balm
Lavender gives this balm a sweet herbal flavor as well as a relaxing scent.
MAKES 1/2 OUNCE
1. Mix together all ingredients, except for the lavender essential oil, and gently heat until melted. You may heat in the microwave or on the stove top using low heat.
2. Stir well and add essential oil of lavender and pour into a small clean container. Allow to cool completely until solid.
3. To use: Rub into your lips.
Lavender Body Butter
This rich body butter also works as a garden salve to help treat minor cuts and scrapes .
MAKES 4 OUNCES
• 1⁄4 cup cocoa butter
• 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
• 2 tablespoons grated beeswax
• 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
• 5 to 6 drops lavender essential oil
1. Combine all of the ingredients except the essential oil of lavender and gently heat until melted. You may heat in the microwave or on the stove top on low heat.
2. Stir well and add the lavender essential oil, pour into a clean container and allow to cool completely.
3. To use: Massage into your skin, especially classic rough spots such as elbows, heels and knees.
Solid perfumes are perfect for travel because they are solid not liquid. You can simply rub a bit of scent on your pulse points rather than spraying scent and the air around you.
MAKES 1 OUNCE
1. Mix together the beeswax and almond oil and heat gently until melted in the microwave or on the stove top on low heat.
2. Stir well and add the lavender oil and pour into a small container with a tight fitting lid.
3. To use: Massage the scent into your pulse points or wherever you wish.
Find more recipes like these, written by Janice Cox and found in her book Natural Beauty at Home: More Than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair