14 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Lavender Blossoms

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  2. Karen

    Stunning! I have a tiny little second year lavender plant – no blooms yet. Maybe it will be as lovely as yours one day. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Not sure why these lavenders decided to go ahead & shoot up, but even with three consecutive years of gripping heat & drought they’ve presented me with these beautiful blooms. I’m harvesting them for later use too! ~TMR~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve always had a hard time growing it too Tracy. Not sure why it decided to grow here in the harshest environment I’ve ever planted it in – maybe it just likes to be abused! LOL ~TMR~

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  3. ColleenB.~Texas

    Oh, I love Lavender and there is so many ways in using it besides being pretty in the yard; of which I had some by the way.
    Sorry for the looooooong following comment but thought others may be interested in the 50 ways of using lavender.

    50 Ways To Use Lavender
    1.Make a calming tea made with dried lavender flower heads, chamomile, oat straw & other calming herbs
    2.Make lavender talc: mix together 8 parts each bentonite clay & arrowroot powder, 1 part each slippery elm & comfrey root powder. Shake well. Add 30-50 drops lavender essential oil, shake again and enjoy.
    3.Make a lavender sachet by adding organic lavender buds to a muslin bag – gift it as a wedding favor
    4.Make homemade lavender scented candles, by adding fresh or dried lavender buds and a few drops of lavender essential oil into the heated wax
    5.Make a room spray with 2 cups water, 2 drops each lavender, tea tree & peppermint essential oils in a spritzer bottle. Use liberally.
    6.Put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your child’s pillow at night to help ease them into a peaceful sleep
    7.With the abundance of lavender in your garden, make a beautiful lavender wreath
    8.For a lovely salad dressing, whisk together 6 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp balsamic or apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 crushed garlic clove, 2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp each mustard powder & organic dried lavender flowers
    9.Crush fresh flowers and spread it on your legs & arms to help repel flies & mosquitoes while sitting outside in the summer
    10.Use pressed lavender blooms to decorate homemade cards & gift wrapping
    11.Massage lavender essential oil into aching joints and muscles for added pain relief
    12.Tie a handful of fresh lavender flowers together with decorative string or ribbon, and hang it on a door for a cozy & fragrant décor
    13.You can bake with organically grown lavender by adding it into scone, cake or cookie recipes – do a search online to find a recipe that appeals to you
    14.Gift lavender seed bombs as wedding favors
    15.Dab lavender infused oil onto itchy & dry skin – is especially good for children (see #42 for Lavender oil recipe)
    16.Use organic lavender blooms as a garnish to add beautiful a purple hue to your cooking
    17.Make lavender scented soap bars and give it for a wonderful homemade Christmas gift
    18.A few drops of lavender essential oil on the skin can help soothe bug bites
    19.For lavender infused vinegar, add a handful of organic lavender buds (dried or fresh) to 2 cups white wine or apple cider vinegar. Let sit for up to 6 weeks, shaking every few days. Strain before use.
    20.Plant lavender in your garden
    21.Place a lavender pillow in your linen closet & dresser drawers, to add a sweet scent to clothes and linens
    22.Tie together a large bunch of dried lavender blooms with a few forget-me-nots, lily of the valley & small daisies for a lovely and elegant lavender bouquet
    23.Rub lavender essential oil on the temples to ease headaches
    24.Have a relaxing bath with your homemade lavender bath salt: Mix together 1 cup Epsom salt, ½ cup sea salt, 2-3 Tbsp baking soda & 8-10 drops lavender essential oil. Mix well & store in a sealed jar. Use 1/3 cup per bath
    25.Sprinkle lavender essential oil on your pillow at night for a peaceful night’s sleep (this is safe for the whole family)
    26.Add lavender essential oil to your after-sun cream to help soothe sun-burned skin
    27.Enjoy aromatherapy in your home by adding 5-6 drops lavender essential oil to a bit of water in an oil diffuser
    28.Make this luscious Lavender Coconut Sugar Scrub for yourself, as a Christmas or bridesmaid gift: Mix together 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup melted coconut oil, 10-15 drops lavender essential oil, 2 Tbsp organic dried lavender buds. Store in a pretty glass jar.
    29.Add a few drops of food grade lavender oil to your homemade lemonade recipe
    30.Soothe minor burns with a few drops of lavender essential oil diluted with water and rubbed onto the skin
    31.Use organic lavender flower blooms to decorate a cake
    32.Add crushed dried lavender flowers to your homemade liquid soap recipe
    33.Add organic lavender blooms to your homemade blackberry jam for a nice & fragrant variation
    34.Make a Dream Pillow by stuffing dried flower heads into a sachet and place under the pillowcase at bedtime
    35.Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a carrier oil (light olive, sweet almond, jojoba) and massage over the lower abdomen to help relieve menstrual cramps
    36.Homemade lavender potpourri makes for a great gift for yourself or a loved one
    37.Stir crumbled organic fresh lavender blooms and a pinch of cinnamon into vanilla ice cream for a pleasant treat
    38.Use your scrap sewing material to make a lavender eye pillow
    39.Place fresh flowers in closets and any other storage space to deter moths & silverfish
    40.Take a picture of your lavender bouquet on an old wooden table or other romantic backdrop, print it out, frame it & hang it in your house
    41.Make your own lavender water by adding 5 drops lavender essential oil for every 5oz distilled water. Store in a spritzer bottle and enjoy as a refreshing facial tonic and as a room spray
    42.Lavender oil: With a wooden mallet, bruise freshly cut organic lavender flowers, stems & leaves and stuff them into a 500mL mason jar, cover with oil (light olive, almond or jojoba) & let sit for 48 hours. Strain (repeat the above steps again for a stronger fragrance) & store oil in a dark glass jar.
    43.Prepare a recipe a homemade lavender jelly & give it for a hostess gift
    44.Dab a few drops of diluted lavender essential oil onto acne spots to reduce inflammation and inhibit overgrowth acne-causing bacteria to the skin
    45.Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your natural deodorant for a natural floral lavender scent
    46.Add 10-15 drops lavender essential oil to 40oz of carrier oil (sweet almond, or jojoba) for your own relaxing & calming massage oil
    47.To ease yourself into a tranquil night’s sleep, add 4-5 drops lavender essential oil to a hot bath at bedtime
    48.Make a Soothing Lavender Salve: slowly heat ½ cup olive oil over low heat. Add ¼ cup organic lavender buds, turn off heat and let cool 20 mins. Strain into a glass measuring cup. Boil an inch of water in a pot, simmer & place cup in water. To the cup, add 2 Tbsp grated beeswax, 10 drops lavender essential oil, contents of 1 pierced vitamin E capsule. Let simmer, stirring until all is melted. Pour into a dark glass jar, cool, seal & store. Lastly…enjoy!
    49.Make your own carpet cleaner by mixing together 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to 1cup baking soda. Sprinkle this on the carpet an hour before vacuuming. Vacuum as normal and enjoy the fresh scent of lavender that lingers
    50.Add this Lavender Vanilla Syrup to champagne, vanilla ice cream, or over mixed summer berries: Simmer 1 cup water & ½ cup raw sugar over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add 2 tsp pure vanilla extract & 2 Tbsp organic dried lavender blooms, and simmer 20 mins. Remove from heat, let cool, place in fridge overnight. Strain blooms and store syrup in fridge for up to 3 months.

    Information courtesy of Naturopathic By Nature

    50 Ways to Use Lavender

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Lucy. I tried unsuccessfully a few times to grow lavender until I got this plant to take off. Since I was successful I planted a second plant and it too is big & fully rounded with brilliant fragrant purple blooms. I’m collecting and drying the blooms for use later in the year. ~TMR~

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