6+ Uses for Lavender Leaves

Lavender flowers are only around for a short time, but there are plenty of uses for lavender leaves! Learn how to harvest, dry & use them in DIY projects. First though, you may wonder – what are the health benefits of lavender leaves? While the leaves haven’t been studied as specifically or extensively as the flowers, “Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) flowers, leaves and oil contain linaloyl acetate, linalool, perillyl alcohol, 1,8 cineole (eucalyptol), and at least … Continue reading

Lavender Rose Balm Recipe {with calendula}

This lavender rose balm recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Patti, especially for her mom who gets sore from sitting in a wheelchair. Patti’s mom loves lavender and roses so I combined the two scents together along with calendula in a balm designed to help soothe and heal chapped irritated skin. To get the creamy texture shown, be sure to stir the balm frequently as it cools. If you’d rather have a smooth salve-like texture … Continue reading

After Bath Sleepy Time Lotion Recipe {for kids, or all ages!}

After Bath Sleepy Time Lotion Recipe

This after bath sleepy time lotion recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Bonnie who was seeking a simple non-greasy lotion or cream, not based on coconut oil, that could be used on a 2 1/2 year old after her bath. She also wanted it to be lightly scented with lavender or a blend of essential oils that would help calm, soothe and relax before bedtime. While I designed this lotion to be kid-safe, there’s no … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Lavender

10 Things to Make With Lavender - Lavender Salve

Have a bountiful crop of lavender from your garden, local farmer’s market, or a trip to a lavender farm, but not sure what to do with it? Here are 10 useful and pretty things that you can make with lavender so you can continue to enjoy it for months to come!   If you don’t have lavender available locally, no problem! You can purchase organic dried lavender from Mountain Rose Herbs which will work perfectly in every one … Continue reading

How to Harvest and Dry Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden

Drying Flowers

Learn how to easily harvest & dry flowers and herbs from the garden. Also included is a list of common flowers and herbs along with ideas for using them! I often get questions about how to best harvest and dry flowers and herbs from the garden, so today I thought I’d write up a little article detailing how I do it. It might not be the fanciest system out there, but it’s worked for me for … Continue reading

Stress Relief Lotion Recipe (+ printable labels)

This lotion features a quartet of essential oils selected to help calm nerves and uplift the mood. I also incorporated a bit of magnesium oil into the recipe, since it’s such an important mineral to support our nervous system; we all could use more magnesium in our life! If you don’t want to include the magnesium oil, if it’s out of your budget, or you find it too drying for your skin type, feel free to use more distilled water … Continue reading

Lavender Plantain Lotion

This easy-to-make Lavender Plantain Lotion is a wonderful all-purpose moisturizer, that’s suitable for most skin types. Plantain is a beneficial green weed that commonly grows in yards and driveways. You can use the leaves to make a fantastic infused oil, that can be incorporated into salves, lotions, creams and soaps. It’s excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of its own skin-soothing properties. Another option is to add lavender buds to the oil, while infusing plantain, for a faint lavender scent. You could also skip the lavender, and just make an unscented lotion, instead.

Plantain is a beneficial green weed that commonly grows in yards and driveways. You can use the leaves to make a fantastic infused oil, that can be incorporated into salves, lotions, creams and soaps. It’s excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of its own skin-soothing properties. Another option is to add lavender buds to the oil, while infusing plantain, for a faint lavender … Continue reading

Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Whipped Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Body Butter

This luxurious hand and body cream features: shea butter, to moisturize and condition dry or damaged skin lavender flowers, for their soothing, anti-inflammatory properties skin nourishing sunflower oil and purple Brazilian clay, a natural colorant. It was inspired by the wonderful whipped body butter recipe, found over at the Soap Queen blog.   Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Whipped Body Butter Recipe Measurements are by weight. 7 oz (198 g) shea butter (I use refined … Continue reading