This week we were delighted to receive a thick, fragrant bunch of lavender among the veggies and fruit in our CSA box. And while it will be exciting to experiment with the lavender for baking, we're also looking forward to putting this aromatic herb to use around the house...
• In the closet, lavender sachets are wonderful for repelling moths and keeping your drawers fresh. Martha has a nice tutorial if you want to sew cute ones, but you can also easily make sachets out of old pantyhose, used dryer sheets, or the little drawstring bags that often come in jewelry gift boxes.
• For a relaxing at-home spa treatment, try sprinkling lavender into a bowl of hot water for a foot bath before giving yourself a pedicure.
• Another way to have a soothing soak is by making your own lavender bath salts. Mix springs of lavender into a jar of coarse salt, along with a few drops of lavender essential oil.
• If you have trouble sleeping, or just need another way to unwind, try making your own lavender eye pillow. You'll need a lot of lavender for this—about two cups of the little lavender heads. Here's a great how-to from Tiger and Lily Boutique.
And in case you've still got leftover lavender to use up (or enough growing in your own garden to spare!), here are some other ideas from Apartment Therapy:
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