Sniff it Up
The scent of lavender is the uncontested winner in my book for BEST. SMELL. EVER. I used to purchase lavender candles by the boat loads, and if you love the fresh stuff as much as I do, you will have noticed that not all lavender-scented items are equal.
After purchasing a huge bunch of lavender, and leaving it to dry in a paper bag, I got to thinking about new ways to use the plentiful amount of potent buds.
I have used lavender buds for the following:
- Baths; added to Epsom salts
- Food; makes a tasty and beautiful addition to cookies or on King salmon with a smidge of honey
- Decoration; dried stems in cleaned glass olive oil bottles
- Gifts; some who aren’t as blessed as I am to have it in such bounty
- Tea; by itself with honey or with dried mints leaves
- Toner; soak cut lavender stems and white vinegar for 6 weeks
- Lavender oil is my only perfume, and I love to take a moment to inhale the scent from a lavender oil-scented cotton ball
The appearance of pumpkins and leaves, and the slow disappearance of flowers and sun reminded me of the fresh, chemical-free Christmas scent I made last year, and I thought I wonder if I could put lavender buds in a pot of water and heat it on the stove for scent??
Yes, yes you can. And it smells AMAZING! For about 2 cups of water I had about 1/4 cup of lavender buds in the pot simmering on low. It even smells so fantastic that my husband loves it, and men can be pretty particular about their scent preferences! No perfumy stink or chemical craziness, just sniffin’ as nature intended.