If you are not using lavender on a regular basis in your home, you are missing out on a regular miracle plant. Lavender has so many practical uses around the home and can be implemented into your kitchen recipes, beauty regimens, cleaning routines, and so much more. Lavender is a plant that is easy to come by, simple to grow, and very inexpensive. Once you plant it, it tends to multiply quickly, giving you even more plant for all of your lavender needs. If you have ever wondered how lavender can be part of your daily life, take a look below at 10 frugal and fabulous uses for lavender you can give a try! You just may be surprised at how many uses there are for this wonderful plant.
If you do not own a lavender plant, you can buy one at your local gardening center or even home improvement store. Local farmer’s markets are also a great place to grab fresh lavender plants. Should you decide you want dried lavender, local markets and health stores are also a great place to snag some in this dried form, and they may carry lavender oil as well.
Now, take a look at 10 frugal and fabulous uses for lavender!
1. Spice up your lemonade or tea.
You can easily make your own tea with fresh lavender and hot water. Or, allow the mixture to cool and add to your lemonade. You can also add honey to either of these mixtures and it will give them some sweetness that pairs well with any summer beverage.
2. Season your meats.
You can bundle fresh lavender along with some fresh rosemary and toss into your meat marinades. Or, you can grill the bundle directly on top of the meat.
3. Use as a baking spice.
You can add half of a teaspoon of dried lavender to cookie and cake mixes for a soft and unique taste. Lavender can also be added to frostings, or added to butter for more flavor.
4. DIY carpet deodorizer.
Dry your lavender and add the crumbles to baking soda. Sprinkle it liberally on your carpet, allow to sit, then vacuumed up. Your house will smell fresh and your carpets will look great!
5. Make your own car deodorizer.
You can bundle some lavender leaves or used dried ones tucked into a muslin bag. Hang from your mirror or tuck into a seat. When the car heats up the scent of lavender will be released.
6. Create your own sleep aid.
Help yourself relax at night by taking the dried flowers and placing them in boiling water. Inhale the vapors deeply and feel yourself unwind. You can also rub lavender oil on your hands or scalp if you feel tense and want to relax.
7. Make a natural antiseptic.
If you suffer from a cut, rub a little lavender oil on it. It will help clean and soothe the area as well as help the healing process.
8. Make pet cologne.
Is your pet getting stinky? Add a few crumbled lavender leaves or a few drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle. Fill with water and shake well. Give your dog or cat a spritz or two and their fur will become instantly fresh.
9. Freshen up a stinky drawer or closet.
A lavender sachet is a great way to freshen up a small and stinky place. Take dried lavender leaves and place them in a muslin bag. You can also add a few drops of oil if you wish. Tie the bag closed and place into a drawer or closet that needs a little help.
10. Last but not least, use lavender for decoration!
A bundle of lavender gathered into a small vase makes a lovely centerpiece plus it smells great. Place a small vase of lavender in your bathroom or bedroom for some sweet visual appeal and a nice little aromatic pick me up!
See how many fun and frugal uses there are for lavender? You won’t be able to pick just one. Get your hands on some luscious lavender today and see how fun it is to give some of these tricks a try!