How to Dry Homegrown Lavender
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.
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
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
- 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 a ¾ inch between each one. This will enable air to circulate the lavender while drying and will avoid the flowers going moldy or rot setting in.
- Tie both ends together forming a loop.
- Making sure the flowers are pointing to 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!
Storing Dried Lavender
Have you ever dried lavender?
A Visual Guide
Uses of Dried Lavender
- 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 a 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 a TV
- Hang on outside of a lampshade
- Basket by fireplace
- Soothing lavender bubble bath
- Scented water
- Wedding confetti
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.