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DIY Moth Away Sachets

If your herbs are drying up in the drought – not to worry – you can easily create these sachet bags for your sweaters and blankets – I tuck one in with my winter wool hats too.

Muslin Sachet Bags

2 tablespoons dried lavender

1 teaspoon each of dried thyme, mint, and rosemary

1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

5–7 drops of rosemary, spearmint or peppermint, thyme, lavender,essential oil.

Optional

1 bay leaf

2 tablespoons cedar wood shavings

Combine all the ingredients and spoon into sachet bags – Ta Da! – You’re done! – The bay leaf and cedar wood shavings are effective – but I don’t care for the smell – so I omit.

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Lavender Epsom Salts

Another match made in heaven. Lavender scented Epsom Salts. Combine with water in a bath or spray bottle for lots of benefits.

Body Aches and Bruises: Add Epsom Salts your bath and soak for 20 minutes

Skin Spray: Add 2 Tablespoons to one cup of water in a spray bottle and apply to sunburn, heat rash and poison ivy for relieve

Foot Soak: ½ cup to warm water to relax tired feet and to treat athlete’s foot.

Exfoliate: Add a pinch of Epsom Salts to your face wash gentle rub in circular motion and rinse well.

For hands – combine equal parts of Epsom salt and baby oil. Massage in and rinse after your hand wash.

On our self serve stand

Tips from Farmers Almanac for Epsom Salt Uses

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Denuding tips

May find a lot of disappointed readers with this title. We are talking about denuding lavender stalks and gathering the buds for sachets

Dried buds fall off fairly easily. Put a flat sheet under your work space. First shake bundles in a large ziploc or pillow case. Then roll and twist your enclosed bundle. Use a gentle touch. Most of the buds will fall off this way. For the hangers on, use your fingers or a detangling comb

Place bundle in a jumbo ziploc
Use detangling comb for hangers on

Denuded stalks are great for campfires- and help keep mosquitoes away. You can also bundle into smudge sticks using twine

Denuded bundles
Smudge sticks

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Lavender Infused Grapeseed Oil. DIY

If you can fill a jar with dried lavender buds and stems and cover it with grapeseed oil – you can make your own lavender infused oil.

Fill an 8 oz jar with dried lavender – use the stems! – chopped into small pieces. We use mason jars. Fill the jar with grapeseed oil until all of the lavender is covered. Seal the jar and store in a warm dark place for four weeks = 28 days

After 4 weeks – strain the liquid through cheesecloth to remove the lavender bits and you are left with infused grapeseed oil that you can use as you wish.

Can be used as a massage oil, bath oil or skin & lip moisturizer. Add a drop to your cream moisturizer before applying

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Lavender Kitchen Scrub

More spring cleaning tips……

Ground Lavender and Baking Soda mixed and away we go!

When it comes to lavender, not just the buds are fragrant – the leaves and stems are too – so I like to grind them up to make this scouring powder – you hands will thank you too

Ingredients

Half a cup of baking soda

one tablespoon of ground dried lavender flowers/leaves/stems-

Optional

For an extra cleaning boost – you can add a tablespoon of borax

For extra scent – add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

I use an electric coffee been grinder – in purple, of course =

But any coffee grinder will do –

Pulverize your lavender in the grinder first

Combine well with with baking soda (and borax and essential oil if using ) – and store in a shaker container.

My purple grinder

Here I have up cycled a shaker top from Kraft Parmesan Cheese onto a Mason jar

Grind lavender stems & leaves in coffee grinder
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Easter Egg Bath Bombs

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 cup of baking soda

½ cup citric acid

½ cup corn starch

½ cup Epsom Salts

WET INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp distilled water

20 drops essential oil – we use lavender

1 tbsp oil of your choice- almond, jojoba, baby

Food Coloring

Plastic Easter Eggs for molds

1 Tablespoon dried lavender (optional)

Whisk together dry ingredients

Mix wet ingredients separately

Slowly add wet to dry and mix well. Texture should be like wet sand. Add dried lavender and mix in if using.

If you want different colors – divide mixture into separate bowls and cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying. Add about 6-8 drops of food coloring to each bowl for color desired – mix well. For purple use 5 drops red and 3 drops blue.

Fill Eggs with Mixture and Snap Back Together.

You can layer different colors of mixture

Place in Freezer for Quick Set -5 minutes

Then Remove Plastic eggs – using a knife at the seam to pop apart.

Place eggs on paper towel to dry overnight before use –

Makes about 6 egg bombs

Drop one in warm tub and enjoy

For Shower Steamers

Use 1 Cup of Baking Soda & ¼ cup distilled water and 25 drops of lavender oil only

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DIY lavender boo-boo buddies

Fill an empty sachet bag with

Equal parts dried lavender buds and white rice or flax seed or you can just use white rice with a few drops of lavender oil for the filling

You can throw in the freezer or warm in the microwave using 30 second intervals

These Satin sachets come in a variety of colors and sizes.

If you don’t have a Sachet you can use a Square handkerchief or bandanna

Join corners and secure with rubber band
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Lavender Pairings – Lavender & Rose Geranium Oil for DIY bug repellants

This combination smells divine as a bonus.

When the Spring Peepers start to sing in New England…the bugs start to stir also. We combine lavender oil with Rose Geranium oil in sprays and salves to keep the ticks and flying insects at bay.

Essential oils need to be diluted. You never want to apply essential oils directly to your skin – Apply the sprays to your clothes for longer lasting results – We use this spray on our dogs coats also.

Tick Spray

If you don’t have witch hazel on hand, you can substitute distilled water or vinegar – white or apple cider -with a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol or vodka –

Salve/Balm

  • Combine 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil with
  • 2 Tablespoons of Beeswax Pellets in a glass measuring cup
  • Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted – stir well – Remove from heat and add oils quickly mixing as you go.
  • 8 drops of Vitamine E or Jojoba Oil
  • 8 drops of lavender oil
  • 4 drops of rose geranium oil
  • Pour into tins to harden

Don’t want to be bothered making your own salve? You can also mix lavender and rose geranium oil into 4 Tablespoons of Vaseline or if you don’t like Petroleum Jelly – try Waxalene

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Lavender Face Wash – DIY

Ingredients

¾ cup of distilled water or chamomile tea

1/4 cup liquid Castile soap

3 to 4 drops lavender essential oil

You can also add

1/2 teaspoon almond oil or jojoba oil

3 to 4 drops vitamin E oil

Directions:

Use a foaming soap bottle

Add Castile soap and oils first – then fill with water and/or tea to the top. Shake Well before use – One to Two Pumps per wash

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Dream Team

AKA the Dynamic Duo -Magnesium and Lavender

Create Sprays and Body Butter that will send you off to dream land

Magnesium Oil – can be purchased – or you can create your own with boiling distilled water and Epsom Salts.

  • Lavender Magnesium Spray
  • Half a Cup Magnesium Oil
  • Twenty drops of Lavender Oil
  • Combine in a Spray Bottle
  • Apply to Soles of Feet when getting into bed
  • Lavender Magnesium Body Butter
  • Melt and Mix a Quarter Cup of Coconut Oil and Half a Cup of She Butter – in the microwave – using thirty second intervals in a glass measuring cup
  • Add a quarter cup of magnesium oil and thirty drops of lavender oil.
  • Use an immersion blender to blend and whip.
  • Store in a jar in a cool place.
  • DIY Magnesium Oil
  • Half Cup of Magnesium Chloride Flakes or Epsom Salts
  • Dissolve with Half a Cup of Distilled Boiling Water
  • For a short cut, you can use Lavender Epsom Salts –