Welcome to the next-to-the-last day of Lavender Week.
In addition to having a joyous time, I've learned a few things.
My husband has enjoyed it, too. He looked up the Latin word for lavender:
The word rolls softly on the tongue, doesn't it?
It means "to bathe or to wash." Since lavender is renowned for its
relaxing qualities, I wanted to find non-edible ways to use this herb in my home.
First, I made lavender bath salts.
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup coarse sea salt
4 to 6 Tablespoons baking soda
16 drops lavender essential oil
Mix and pour into jars.
How easy was that?
A family member suffers from peripheral neuropathy, and he
has found relief by soaking his tired feet in lavender salt.
Individual jars make darling gifts.
I found tiny jars at a wedding party favor website, then
added the mixed salts.
How to Make Lavender Fire Starters
Gather lavender, pine boughs, rosemary, and other herbs.
Tie into bundles and hang upside-down to dry.
During Lavender Week, I used bundles in the grill to add a lavender-scented smoke
to whatever I was cooking. The aroma is magical. These bundles would
be perfect in an outdoor fireplace.
Suggested Reading and Resources:
How to Make Lavender Water
This clean-smelling solution is perfect for ironing clothes, spritzing on pillowcases,
or washing floors. In France, many homemakers mop their floors
with lavender water.
(Be sure to test the water on your fabrics and/or floor before applying it.)
Be sure to use a high quality essential oil.
You can find a tutorial HERE.
Resources for Essential Oils:
You will find a plethora of information and resources
in the index of Sharon Shipley's The Lavender Cookbook.
You'll have fun visiting Mary (Home Is Where the Boat Is), Mari (Once Upon a Plate), Jain (A Quiet Life), and special guest baker Pam (Sidewalk Shoes).
July 22 - July 28
Several Bakers (me, too!) will have posts for you on Sunday.