The nights are beginning to draw in and there is a definite nip in the air in the mornings. Yes, it’s just beginning to look like autumn. Autumn is one of our very favourite seasons here on the Jersey Lavender Farm, after the hectic harvest season is over, we can get down to the business of using our freshly-dried lavender and starting to use it in loads of lovely products. But if you have harvested your own lavender crop this year, chances are it will be nicely dried by now, so what are some of the ways that you can transform your own dried lavender?
Make your own lavender bags
Lavender bags have come a long way from the old associations of elderly spinster aunts in draughty country houses – (remove but) actually popping a little lavender bag into to your drawers or wardrobes can be surprisingly delightful. Not only will your clothes be imbued with the lovely scent of lavender, but moths and other naughty insects will be also be deterred. A simple lavender bag can be made from just a small scrap of fabric; simply pop the dried lavender in the centre, gather up the sides and tie at the top with a piece of pretty ribbon.
Indulge yourself with some homemade lavender bath salts
There is little more relaxing than sinking into a deep, steaming, lavender scented bath. You could use our rich and bubbly Lavender Foam Bath (insert link) but you may also be tempted to try another variation which you can make yourself, simply and easily at home. Simply mix together Epsom salts, dried lavender buds and a few drops of our velvety lavender essential oil, pop into a sealed jar for a couple of days to let the scents mingle and then sprinkle a generous handful into your bath.
There are loads of wonderful ways to use your dried lavender in your cooking, just make sure that your lavender has been grown without the use of any chemical pesticides or fertilisers. One of the simplest culinary uses for your lavender is to make a soothing and calming pot of lavender tea, simply steep your lavender in hot water for up to 5 minutes and then add honey to taste, Queen Victoria was said to be a huge fan and we’re sure that you will be too!
Fragrance your home
There are lots of ways that you can use your dried lavender harvest to make your home smell just amazing. Display entire stems in a vase as an alternative to fresh flowers. Use the buds as an ingredient in pot pourri. Steep the buds in water (with a splash of vodka) and then spritz this onto fabrics for an instant and natural fabric refresher.
But what if you don’t have your own dried lavender harvest? Don’t worry; we sell our fantastic dried jersey lavender buds in bulk, along with culinary lavender – or even a wonderful range of dried lavender products if you want to do some serious cheating!