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Lavender Elixirs

Lavender Elixirs are made from culinary lavender and water. Fill a teabag or a mesh tea infuser with culinary lavender, and add to boiling water to steep – the same way you make a cup of tea.

Elixirs can be enjoyed warm or cold and are sometimes referred to as tonics. Don’t add extra lavender – stay with 1 tsp for best flavor – too much lavender can taste like soap 🙁

Some Elixir Ingredients

Lavender/Ginger Elixir

1/8 tsp ground ginger
1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
1 tsp culinary lavender
8 oz of hot water
Honey to Taste

Bring Water to boil
Add lavender teabag/infuser and ginger.
Simmer for 15 minutes
Then let steep for 15 minutes
Remove Tea Bag/Diffuser
Slowly Add Lemon Juice & Honey while stirring. Enjoy while warm

Honey/ Lavender Elixer
1 cup of water
1 tsp culinary lavender
1 cup of honey

Bring water to boil
Add Lavender Tea Bag/Infuser- Simmer for 15minutes
Steep for 15 minutes
Remove tea bag/diffuser
Add Honey slowly while stirring.

Let cool –

Add Seltzer, Sparkling Water or Prosecco

Warm Lavender/Almond Elixir

1 1/2 cup of almond milk

1/8 tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp Culinary Lavender in Tea Bag/Infuser
2 TBSP Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Cinnamon Stick

In a pan heat almond milk with lavender tea bag/infuser – and turmeric to almost boiling.
Remove from heat and let it steep 10 minutes
Remove tea bag/infuser
Add maple syrup and vanilla
Stir with Cinnamon Stick and Enjoy Warm.

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DIY Foaming Soap

Foaming Soap is all about the Dispenser. Glass, plastic, stainless steel – there are lots of choices that you refill again and again. You can find them at Amazon, Walmart, Target and Wayfair. If you previously purchased a plastic foaming soap at the grocery store – you can just refill that too.

Are you ready for the magic recipe? Liquid Soap and Water. That’s it. Use a 4:1 ratio – 4 cups of water to 1 cup of soap.

4 cups of water – tap or distilled
1 cup of castille liquid soap
10 drops of lavender oil – or scent of your choice

You can make any liquid soap foam – shampoo, body wash, dish soap or hand soap. Have leftover bar soap? Cut it up and add 4 cups of water – let sit to dissolve a day or so – shake it to mix – and you are good to go.

Castille Soap is mild and easy on the skin – but you can add a Tablespoon of glycerine, aloe or jojoba oil

We like to reuse Mason Jars with The tops shown below.

Make a foaming soap dispenser from a mason jar

Mason Jar Foaming Pump at Amazon

Get ready to watch your soaps last longer.

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DIY Reusable Lavender Disinfectant Wipes

In a Glass Jar Combine

64 oz Anchor Hocking Jar

1 cup water
½ cup of vinegar
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
20 drops lavender oil

Or

2 cups water
3 teaspoons Dawn Dish Soap
10 drops of lavender oil

Add washcloths and turn jar over once or twice to soak the cloths

You can use cotton or microfiber cloths – I prefer baby washcloths – Use a Wide Mouth Jar Lid to make it easier to get your hand in and out – I use the Anchor Hocking 64 oz jars – Wash and Reuse! Say goodbye to your plastic container.

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DIY Hair Conditioners

Two ways to go – creamy or in a solid bar – Both use Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Lavender Oil. No preservatives.

Creamy

Combine 1cup coconut oil with 1 Tsp of Jojoba oil and 10 drops of Lavender Oil.

Hand mix to blend ingredients

Apply sparingly to clean, damp hair that has been washed, rinsed and towel dried. Use a comb if you want – Leave in for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm/hot water to remove excess.

This blend lasts as long as the coconut oil – you can store in the refrigerator. If you want to be able to pump from a bottle add ¼ cup of distilled water until you have the consistency that you want.

Bar conditioner

  • 3/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons jojoba oil 
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops lavender oil

Melt Shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in the microwave using 30 second intervals
Let cool slightly before adding
Jojoba, vitamin E and Lavender oil

Pour into molds to set

Mini Bundt Molds

If you want to have Conditioner on a String to hang in the shower – consider using mini bundt molds that will leave you with a whole in the center.

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DIY Lavender Shower Spray

Mister Bottle

Essential oils are slippery – but not to worry – if you want some aromatherapy in your shower – This spray is easy to make – Here’s How

Fill a 4 oz- bottle with a fine mister
With 2 oz distilled water
1 oz of witch hazel
10 – 15 drops of lavender oil. Shake before each use.

To use -wait until the water heats up -then shake the bottle and spray liberally in the shower just before hopping in.

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DIY Lavender Shampoo Bars

Thanks to Melt and Pour Bases- and silicone molds – it’s easier than ever to make your own custom shampoo bars

Here’s how:

Use Melt and Pour Base and molds of your choice:

Some available varieties are :
Goat’s Milk
Shea Butter
Aloe Vera
Clear Glycerine
Oatmeal
Honey
Argon Oil

You can find soap base and silicone molds in craft stores and on line.

Ingredients:

½ lb of soap base
1 tsp shea butter
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp olive or castor oil

25 drops of lavender oil

Directions

Spray bottom of mold with Rubbing Alcohol
We use silicone cupcake liners.

Melt base in microwave in 30 second intervals. Use a glass 4 or 8 cup measuring cup with a handle if you have one
add shea butter, castor oil and lavender oil. Combine well

Pour mixture into molds – spray with rubbing alchohol to prevent air bubbles after filling too

Cool for several hours before removing from mold

To use wet hair and rub bar on head and lather – store on soap lift in your shower

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Herbs de Provence – DIY

Use only dried ingredients – leaves and seeds

Crumble whole leaves and mix all the herbs together. You can use a mortar & pestle. We prefer a grinder mill. – see below- Add a pinch at a time. Nice seasoning for poultry, seafood, and sauces.

We are big fans of Finamill

You can also make wrap a small bundle in cheesecloth to create a bouquet garni for soups and stews. Be sure and squeeze when you remove

Disposable Tea bag Filters are also an easy substitute for traditional cheese cloth

Bon Apetit!

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Honey Lavender Butter

My personal favorite on warmed scones or biscuits.

Ingredients: 2 sticks of butter softened +¼ cup of honey +1tsp culinary lavender.

Using a mixer – whip the ingredients together

Spoon onto parchment paper, wax paper or plastic wrap – Form into a log and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

I also like to fill small ramekins and then refrigerate.

If you prefer whipped butter – you can add ½ cup of whipping cream to the mixture and beat on high – store in a jar for about 5 days.