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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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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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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 –
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Spring Cleaning- DIY recipes

Our temperatures reached into the sixties this weekend – which meant opening up the windows and wiping down the sills. Vinegar, Baking Soda, Lavender Oil and Distilled Water are the cleaning products we use – recipes follow

In a glass spray bottle, combine one cup of white vinegar with one cup of distilled water and ten drops of lavender oil. Shake before use.

For extra scrubbing power. – sprinkle baking soda on the surface first before spraying – it will bubble a bit. Let sit for a minute or two and than wipe clean.

Variations – you can use a combination of essential oils five drops of each- lemon and lavender is nice – If you don’t have any oils on hand – you can also infuse the vinegar. Add 1/4 cup of dried lavender to one cup of vinegar in a mason jar. Put on the top and let sit for ten days on a window sill with sunlight. Shake daily. When ready,Strain out lavender with fine mesh colander or cheesecloth. Vinegar will color from the lavender – add infused vinegar to your spray bottle with two cups of distilled water.

Infused vinegar

Avoid using vinegar sprays on granite or marble surfaces.

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Lavender Serums DIY

Argan Oil

Lavender Serums are lavender essential oil diluted by Argan Oil.

They can be called skin serums or hair serums, but they are both essentially the same thing – pun intended.

Argan Oil is also known as Liquid Gold, for it’s color and price, it is not a greasy oil that leaves residue – sometimes referred to as a dry oil.

To make your own serums, combine Ten drops of oil to One ounce of Unscented Argan Oil – Mix Well and Voila – you have a serum. You can dispense with a dropper or store in a roller bottles. Dark glass bottles are best.

A little goes a long way. Just a drop is needed, rub together in your hands and run them through your wet or dry hair, or apply to your face and neck in circular motions. Avoid eyes.