Enjoy these wonderful, creative,
and simple lavender recipes.
and simple lavender recipes.
· 1 Tbsp Non-Alcoholic Witch Hazel
· 2 Tbsp Carrier Oil such as almond or apricot kernel oil
· 2 Tbsp Distilled Water
· 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
· Optional: Tea Tree Essential Oil
· Organic Cotton Rounds
· 4 oz Glass Jar with a lid (Jelly Jars work super for this!)
To make: Mix the Witch Hazel, Carrier Oil, Water, and Lavender together in a 4 oz glass jar with lid ~ set 10 of the cotton rounds within. Screw on the lid, and gently turn upside down to saturate the pads.
To use: Remove one, and blot out the extra liquid – then close your eyes, and gently wipe your face from cosmetics or, to freshen skin.
Homemade After-Sun Salve Recipe
Makes 2 oz
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
• 1 teaspoon Shea butter
• 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
• 15 drops lavender essential oil
• 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel
Melt the oils, butters, and beeswax in a double boiler or Turkish coffee pot. Use a medium heat and stir as the oils melt. Remove from heat just as all ingredients are liquid. Stir in essential oil. Allow to cool slightly and then add the aloe gel. Mix the gel in well with the rest and pour into a 2 oz container.
Lavender Bath Salts
These lavender bath salts are incredibly easy to make. Pour them into a glass jar, tie a tag on with a pretty ribbon and you have a quick last-minute gift idea!
To make lavender bath salts:
Combine and store in a tightly closed glass jar.
To use, pour the bath salts into a cotton muslin bag (like THESE) or an old clean sock. Tie up tightly and toss in the tub as it fills with warm water.
You can use the full batch for one bath or split it between two baths, depending on personal preference. These bath salts will stay fresh and usable for around 6 to 9 months, or until the color of the flowers fade.
DIY Lavender Linen Spray
How To Make A Lavender Linen Spray
2 Tbsp rubbing alcohol*
10 drops lavender essential oil
~6 Tbsp distilled water
*Note: If you don’t happen to have any rubbing alcohol on hand, you could use witch hazel or unflavored vodka instead!
1. Remove the spray top and pour the alcohol and lavender oil into the bottle.
2. Fill the remaining space in the bottle with distilled water (about 6 tablespoons), then replace the spray top.
3. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Shake lightly before each use, as the ingredients tend to separate over time.
4. How To Use Your Lavender Linen Spray
5. Spritz this spray over your bed linens, towels, curtains, throw pillows, furniture upholstery, and more! It’s an easy way to naturally freshen fabrics with a light scent that isn’t cloying or overpowering.
6. You can spray it over clothing before ironing to help steam out wrinkles and add a fresh scent, or use it to freshen up spare sets of bedding and towels that have been sitting in your linen closet for a while.
A terrific all-purpose mask. The oatmeal and yogurt soothe and soften skin, the honey has natural anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties, while the egg white will tighten pores, giving skin a smooth appearance.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 egg white
3 drops Almond Oil, Sweet
1-2 drops lavender essential oil
In a food processor or blender, process oatmeal until finely ground. Add the remaining ingredients and process until mixed well. Apply to face and neck in circular motions. Leave on skin for 10 - 15 minutes. Remove with warm water. Mask can be applied once per week. Must make a fresh batch each time.
DIY Lavender Detox Face Mask
This homemade lavender clay face mask is perfect to add to your pampering routine. Clay has natural detox properties and will leave your skin refreshed and soft.
• 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
• 2 teaspoons raw organic apple cider vinegar
• 4 drops lavender essential oil
• 1 tablespoon water
1. Mix all ingredients until a thick paste forms.
2. Spread onto face and let sit until it’s “caked”. It should be starting to dry and peel (10-12minutes). Using a warm cloth remove the mask and apply your favorite lotion
Note: make sure you don’t use a metal spoon or bowl to mix or apply the mask. Metal deactivates the detoxing properties in the clay and reacts with the vinegar. Use pure ingredients- pure essential oil, real bentonite clay and not a knock-off, and look for pure, raw, un-strained (organic) apple cider vinegar (with “the mother” still in the bottle). Only then will you reap the most benefits.
This beautiful lavender flower-infused vinegar can be used as a fabric softener, flea spray, hair rinse, glass cleaner and bath addition.
Visit thenerdyfarmwife.com for tips on the different uses.
You only need two ingredients to make it:
1. lavender buds
Directions to Make
Gather lavender, place into a jar, then cover with vinegar.
Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few weeks, shaking periodically.
If you don’t have a non-metallic top, then use a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper between the lid and the vinegar to prevent rusting.
LAVENDER HONEY HAND SCRUB
ADAPTED FROM: thenerdyfarmwife.com
This scrub exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft, silky and smooth. It’s especially wonderful to use on your feet, elbows and knees.
• a scant 1/2 cup cane sugar
• 1 to 2 tablespoons (more or less) lavender-infused oil
• 1 teaspoon honey
• a few drops of lavender essential oil.
How to make:
Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Depending on how fine or coarse your sugar is, you may want to add a little more oil at a time until it’s a consistency you like. If it feels too oily, add more sugar.
The recipe will make enough to fit in a small 4-ounce jelly jar. To use, scoop out and gently rub on dry areas of skin. Rinse well with warm water. If you plan on keeping this more than a few days, it’s recommended that you add a preservative to keep icky things from growing in case water accidentally gets mixed in during use.
Visit juliannarae.com for more Going Green tips!
Today is Earth Day. What better day to think about the impact we make on our planet? Well, one way is to start at home.
It may be hard to break free of your bleach bottle if you rely on it for cleaning. It is toxic to humans and wildlife and not to mention the toxic gas it produces when mixed accidentally with ammonia. It wouldn’t hurt to try an alternative. The hydrogen peroxide in this recipe is the disinfectant hero as well as a whitener and the citric acid will help to whiten clothes. If you make this use a dark jug or dark spray bottle to store because light breaks down hydrogen peroxide.
Please refer to the illustration for directions.
*We suggest using lavender essential oil as your essential oil of choice 😊
Adapted from: Thriftydiydiva.com
Lavender is known for its’ relaxing properties, and it’s especially popular in bath and body products. Follow this DIY recipe to make your own relaxing lotion!
Using a double boiler on low heat, combine the wax, shea butter, and amond oil. Stir until melted.
Let it cool until it’s soft, but do not allow it to completely harden.
In a separate bowl, mix the aloe vera gel, vanilla and lavender essential oil and set aside.
Add aloe mixture to the softened oil and wax and use a blender to whip.
Use a small canning jar or an old lotion container.
Makes about 12 ounces.