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Lavender lavendula

can be used in fresh floral arrangements, dried arrangements, wreaths, potpourri, in oils and waters. I prefer to see it on the plant but since they don't last forever, saved them in different ways.  If you only use the heads, save the stems, tie them with string in bundles and throw them in the fireplace along with your firewood and fill your room with the scent of lavendar. 

A lavender sachet is a nice gift and simple to make.  With a lovely scent, it's sure to lighten anyone's mood. 

With about 3 ounces of Lavender blooms, an ounce of orrisroot and several drops of Lavendar oil you can fill about 4 sachets.

To make the sachets, cut a 8 X 11" piece of fabric; fold in half lengthwise with right sides together and stitch down the long open side and one short side.  Fold the top of the bag over and iron.  Turn right side out and fill about 1/2 - 2/3 full of the lavender mixture after it's been cured and tie with a pretty ribbon. Or you can buy sachet bags at Save-on-crafts (Beverly's).  They also have scented oils and dried lavender if you don' t grow your own. If you prefer to use paper for the sachets, go over to Graphics by Jeannie.  She makes some sachet holders that you can print out that are lovely.

Collect fabric remnants from sales at your local fabric store, preferrably natural fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, muslin. 

For a lavendar bath mix:
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup citric acid. 
Add a drop or two of lavendar oil, place in a jar with
a tight lid and shake.  Add one or more tablespoons
of the lavendar mixture to your warm bath
to relieve anxiety. 

Aromatherapists use it as a tranquilizer (for insominia, for example) but not all lavendar has this effect.  Some including Spanish lavendar, has the opposite effect, they stimulate like rosemary. 

If the bath is not convenient, sprinkle your bedding with a few drops of oil and you're sure to get a good night's rest.

Get refreshed on a summer day with lavendar water. .  Mix 2 cups distilled water, 1/4 cup vodka and several drops of lavendar oil and refrigerate.  Dip a cloth into the water and pat on your face and neck as they did in the victorian era. 
Aroma Sensations

Soothing - a deep bouquet of clean, fresh everlasting aromas.  Created with essential oils of eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, mint & juniper to sooth and relax your mind & body.
Pure Essential Oil Blends

Add our 100%-pure essential oil blends to the bath and use in our diffuser to freshen the air for a positive environment. Available in five mood-enhancing blends:

Calming (Chamomile/Ginger/Marjoram)

Energizing (Citrus/Bergamot)

Purifying (Eucalyptus/Sage/Mint)

Uplifting (Basil/Rosemary/Lavender)

Warming (Vanilla/Cinnamon/Nutmeg/Allspice)

Decorative Lavender Bottles*
(*fragrant flowers encased in their own stem)

Cut 30-40 lavender stems and tie them together  below the flower heads.  Knot stems tightly enough to hold together being careful not to break them.

With the stems upward, carefully bend them back over the heads, spacing them as evenly as you can. It's easier with two :)  Tie the bent stems together with ribbon or string right below the flower heads, enclosing them.  Clip the stems to make them even. 

Set the finished bottles in a cool dark closet for several days.  After they're dry, carefully cut the string you used to tie the stems together. 
Lavender Sphere

Cover  a  3" diameter styrofoam ball in white glue. Place lavender flowers on waxed paper and roll the styrofoam ball in them. in . Let dry overnite.

To turn your pomander into an ornament :

Cut 5 pieces of raffia 14 inches long. Tie a double knot on both ends. Fold the raffia in half and place the middle on the top of the pomander, attach with a pin into the top (at a slant) to hold the raffia hanger.  Tie the ends in a  bow and use as a hanger.

1/2 Cup Lavender
1/2 Cup Uncooked Oatmeal
1/4 Cup Dry Orange Peel
1/2 Cup Chamomile
1/4 Cup Rosemary
12 Bay Leaves, Crushed

1/2 Cup Lavender
1/2 Cup Rose Petals
1/2 Cup Sage
1/2 Cup Rosemary

Mix dry ingredients, stir well and stuff a metal tea ball or muslin bag with the blend (or bag described above). As you run your bath, place the tea ball or bag in the tub, under the running water. Relax and enjoy!

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