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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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How to pick lavender

Early morning is best – wear your boots:)

You can keep fresh lavender in water for about 10 days- change the water every three days.

To dry – hang upside down in a dry space out of direct sunlight. Put a pillow case on the floor to catch the buds that may fall off while you are drying

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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 & Lava Beads

Lava Beads are perfect for portable aromatherapy. Add a drop of lavender oil to a lava bead on a bracelet, or in a diffuser locket and have a sniff whenever you need a break. As a Bonus – Lavender doubles as a bug off scent –

Lava Beads come mostly in black, but now there are a rainbow of colors available too. You’ll find them on our self serve stand this summer.

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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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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