How to Dry Homegrown Lavender

Updated on June 23, 2016
How to dry homegrown lavender.
How to dry homegrown lavender. | Source

Lavender is one of the most rewarding herbs you can grow. If you were to ask people what their favorite smell is, I would lay a bet that it would be either lavender or rose.

The distinctive sweet fragrance of lavender is recognizable, even to the untrained senses, and one that I have loved growing.

We always had clusters of lavender growing at the family home, in both our front and back gardens. Each autumn, when we said our fond farewell, we would often find that it had re-seeded itself to another part of the garden the following year. Lavender may be grown in gardening containers or plant pots if you don't have a garden.

Originating in the old world, lavender is associated with and native to the hot dry Mediterranean as well as Arabic and African countries, including the Canary Islands lying in the Atlantic Ocean. Documented used date back more than 2,500 years, with many uses by the Romans or Greeks. The Romans, for example, were known to use lavender oil in cooking, scenting the air, and for bathing—all of which are very popular methods of using lavender today.

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Storing Dried Lavender

if you have a large amount of lavender to dry, you can store it in bunches until ready to use. Store in a box with a lid in a dark cool place like the garage or basement.
if you have a large amount of lavender to dry, you can store it in bunches until ready to use. Store in a box with a lid in a dark cool place like the garage or basement. | Source

Homemade Lavender Products ~

Drying lavender or using the fresh lavender flowers is an excellent way of using this herb which is a member of the mint family.

The beauty of making your own products be they for the home, in skin care products, or as different forms of room fresheners, making your own little industry of natural products is not difficult, requires kitchen cupboard ingredients for the most part and save you spending your hard earned cash.

Making the products are ideal for teens, teacher gifts, romantic gift ideas and just about any occasion you can think of, not forgetting it could be a money earning business by selling your lavender delights!

If your garden rewards you yearly with a good display of lavender in summer, you are incredibly lucky.

Read on for how to dry your homegrown lavender and pick up ample suggestions in how to extend the wonderful heady scent.

Drying Lavender at Home

Always hang your lavender stems to dry with the flowers pointed down.
Always hang your lavender stems to dry with the flowers pointed down. | Source

You Will Need:

  • A good supply of lavender (ideally when it is almost in full bloom)
  • Sharp garden shears/secateurs or kitchen scissors
  • A basket or container
  • A ball of string

Method:

  • Going to the garden, cut the mature lavender as near the leaves at the bottom as possible. This gives you a nice long stem of lavender flowers.
  • Without crushing the stems, tie each stem individually, leaving ¾ inch between each one. This will enable air to circulate the lavender while drying and will avoid the flowers going mouldy or rot setting in.
  • Tie both ends together forming a loop.
  • Making sure the flowers are pointing to the the floor, hang your chain like lavender in a dark dry place for about a month.
  • Check on it every week as you may find it dries quicker depending on the conditions.
  • When fully dry, untie your bunch or bunches and they are now ready to use!

Drying Lavender

Using Dried Lavender

Bath salts, bubble bath, and oil are some of the many beauty products you can make with dried or fresh lavender.
Bath salts, bubble bath, and oil are some of the many beauty products you can make with dried or fresh lavender. | Source
Why not try drying your homegrown lavender to sell it on a market stall, online, or direct to shops and make some extra income?
Why not try drying your homegrown lavender to sell it on a market stall, online, or direct to shops and make some extra income? | Source
  • Dried flower arrangements
  • Homemade potpourri
  • Inside oil lamps
  • Tuck it into pillows
  • Sew inside stuffed animal toys
  • Sew into eye pillows
  • Natural room fragrances
  • Homemade beauty products
  • Lavender sachets
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Lavender oil
  • Insect repellent
  • For sale
  • Lavender tea
  • Add to green tea
  • Add to salad dressings
  • Homemade soup
  • Lavender jelly
  • Weave lavender wands
  • Weave baskets
  • Add to inside of greeting Card
  • Add to wrapping paper
  • Under the car seat
  • In a dish
  • Hang in the wardrobe
  • Hang on a windowsill
  • Set it on top of TV
  • Hang on outside of lampshade
  • Basket by fireplace
  • Soothing lavender bubble bath
  • Scented water
  • Pouches
  • Wedding confetti

Questions & Answers

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      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Joan,

        The buds and spikes are best to use in sachets. Thanks for dropping in!

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        Joan 

        4 years ago

        Can I use the lavender leaves for sachet?

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi RTalloni,

        Many thanks for dropping by! Sorry to hear you lost your supply but hopefully the new location will be better than ever! Lavender is also great in pots and worth trying indoors in the kitchen from a root cutting or small plant. Hope you have a lovely crop soon!!

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        After losing my best lavender plants I am starting new ones in a better location and am so looking forward to again having lavender stems to dry. Thanks for sharing this method!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Athlyn Green,

        many thanks for your input, lavender is so good in a variety of ways! lavender whipped cream sounds heaven!

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        Athlyn Green 

        5 years ago from West Kootenays

        I love lavender. The culinary lavender is wonderful mixed into white sugar. You can also make lavender shortbread or lavender whipped cream.

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Audrey,

        How lovely for you to be growing lavender now! You must make some lavender oil too it is soooooo gorgeous!! Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comment!! Hope you had/have a great birthday!! :-)

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        Audrey Howitt 

        5 years ago from California

        I am growing lavender this year and am hoping to dry it as well--beautiful hub!

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi debbiepinkston,

        Many thanks for visit and lovely comments. I would start it as a starter plant rather than seed but both would be good to try depending on cost for you. Most things in fact I plant as small starter plants but have done summer flowers for hanging baskets or pots as seeds to generate more plants. Appreciate the question and hope you get to plant lavender soon!!

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi starstream,

        Thanks for visiting this article. It is interesting to hear lavender is not readily available in California. I would have thought it would be. Lavender oil is easy to make if you haven't tried to yet and has multiple uses. Thanks very much for your input here, much appreciated.

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Natashalh,

        Lovely to see you and glad you are a fan! It is a wonderful ingredient in dishes of all sorts so have continued fun!!

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi vespa,

        Wow, I didn't realize that lavender was difficult to locate in Peru. Great to hear you will be able to buy starter plants for your new herb garden! I can't wait to start mine eventually in Italy but meantime i will growing a small selection here in containers. Glad you enjoyed and I look forward to seeing pics of your gorgeous herbs which you will be putting to great use!! Cheers for the votes and shares!!!!

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Bill,

        Knew you would approve this one! The lavender man! Glad you enjoyed the info and are getting the full benefit around the house! Thanks so much my friend !!

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi mactavers,

        Welcome and thanks so much for visiting! I appreciate your kind words, I love lavender and miss it growing since I moved. Looking forward to having it grow again!!

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        Debbie Pinkston 

        5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

        I have tried herbs and flowers before, but never lavender. I haven't been fortunate to have lavender in my garden, but it is a MUST for this spring! Is it best to buy lavender plants, or start from seeds? What would you recommend?

        Thank you, I can't wait for spring!

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        Dreamer at heart 

        5 years ago from Northern California

        Lavender oil is one of my favorites. It calms and gives a sense of well being . Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The cost of buying lavender products is very high and usually is found in special botiques here in California.

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        Natasha 

        5 years ago from Hawaii

        I love lavender! I enjoy cooking with it, too. It basically tastes like it smells.

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        vespawoolf 

        5 years ago from Peru, South America

        I love reading your well-written Hubs. Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances and reminds me of my maternal grandmother who loved both the color and fragrance. I thought lavender couldn't be found in Peru but I just heard I can get starter plants at the nearby nursery! As soon as we get settled in our new place I plan to start an herb garden. I look forward to following your clear instructions on drying lavender in bunches and then having it for culinary or fragrance uses. Voted up and shared!

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Yes indeedy! We did it last year and we are still enjoying the fragrances around the house. Great information here, Irish, and you know how I feel about this particular herb! :)

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        mactavers 

        5 years ago

        This is a wonderful well written Hub, and yes I agree that most people love the smell. I love the smell of fresh mint too.

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