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Homemade DIY Uses for Lavender

Cut lavender does not belong to the yard waste bin like other trash. In fact, it isn’t trash at all because there are a myriad of ways that you can use it. Be it the stems, the flowers, or both. Whenever you prune and trim your lavender plants to dry their beautiful purple flowers for body scrubs, sachets or tea, do not throw away the stems again. These cut, dried stems can be used for low or zero-cost DIY crafts rather than being thrown into the trash bin. For culinary purposes, it is advisable to always go for organically-grown lavender.

Starting a Fire

In addition to being excellent fire-starters, dried lavender stems are also a great room fragrant when burned. It will also help repel harmful or annoying insects if used in an outdoor fire-pit. All you need to do is simply dry the lavender stems and tie them together using a flammable material like natural raffia or twine to make it safer and easier to throw them to the fire.

Use on the Barbeque or Grill

Dried lavender stems, with flower buds removed, can also be used as a meat skewer to give a nice flavor reminiscent of rosemary. It is important to soak the dried stems beforehand to avoid easily burning them on the grill. Alternatively, the dried stems can be thrown directly on the hot coals to impart a fine smokey floral flavor in the meats.

Additional Culinary Uses

Aside from dried lavender stems, the plant’s flower buds are used as a key ingredient in Herbs de'Provence. Apart from being a fantastic homemade herb mixture for your meat rubs, you can also use dried lavender flowers in breads, cookies, salads, sugar, lemonade and tea. Lavender can also replace rosemary in some of your other favorite recipes and dishes. Give it a try in the kitchen and discover which ones work best for you.

Lavender Wands

Lavender wands have been used for a longtime in aesthetics traditions where colorful ribbons are beautifully weaved around dried lavender stalks to make it easier for them to be held and handed out as gifts, or for display at home. They can be set inside a drawer, hung up or displayed in other places for beauty. For flexible stems, use freshly-cut stalks to make the wands.

Lavender Wreaths

Why buy a costly lavender wreath -- at $50 to $100 -- when you can make your own at home? All you need to do is buy a wreath-form and some wire, find an online video tutorial to learn how to cheaply make a beautiful wreath that will dry but retain its fantastic scent, and use the lavender in your yard.

 

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