Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Benefits and Joy of Lavender

This sweet little lavender plant below is one of two that my honey brought home to me last week.  He was at Home Depot waiting inline to return something when in walked a woman with about 9 of these lavender plants.  She wanted to return them because they were "dying".  Actually, they did look pretty sad, but that was because they'd been way over watered.  I sat them in full sunshine for a day and they are beginning to look a little better now.  They will be ok.  My honey got them at an extremely discounted price.  He said he knew I'd make them better!  I wished he'd have bought all of them, but that's ok! :)
The lavender plants are not living inside our house, they need full sun, but I just brought one in to snap a few pictures for Instagram.  My IG handle is ddcamp170 if you'd like to come follow along with me!
There are tons of benefits of using lavender.  For instance, one that caught my eye was Lavender for repelling insects. Several pesky insects really dislike lavender! Houseflies are one of these. Planting lavender bushes near your kitchen window or keeping a lavender mist handy will help keep flies away.
Speaking of lavender mist, you can also use lavender essential oil to make a homemade sleep spray.  You can use this on your pillow a few minutes before going to bed.

Sleep Spray Recipe:

2 oz glass spray bottle (like this one)
1/2 oz witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
8-10 drops of lavender oil
Shake well, then fill up with distilled water

A few other easy uses for a good night's sleep are as follows:
  • Cotton balls: Adding a few drops on the cotton balls, then place the cotton balls near your bed.
  • Tissue: You can also drop a few drops on a tissue and place under your pillow or near your bed.
  • Add directly to your pillow: Adding a few drops to your pillow, can have wonderfully soothing effects on your sleep patterns
  • Lavender infused bath: Add a few drops of lavender oil to a warm bath, soak for about 30 minutes before you go to bed.
See my Lavender Foot Soak recipe HERE.
Now for some pretty uses for lavender.  Just look at this beauty!

This is a Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream, by Half Baked Harvest.  Tieghan says this, "Four layers of light and fluffy vanilla cake with homemade blackberry lavender jam, and white chocolate buttercream. This cake is nothing short of delicious. Every bite is layered with fresh berries, hints of lavender, and sweet vanilla cake. The perfect berry filled cake for any and all occasions."

You can bet I pinned this giant stack of yumminess! :)

While strolling through Pinterest one day, I found this listing.  When I popped over to the website, I found a recipe for a 4 ingredient Lavender Lemonade, a natural solution for a headache! What? Click here to get that recipe!

Of course you can decorate with it too!  Look at this beautiful wreath I found! It's very affordable and I do believe one may be coming to live at my house soon! CLICK HERE to get you one too!  If you need more ideas for Farmhouse decor, you can look here.
Our cats love it anytime I bring fresh plants into the house.  This is Zel, he loves sniffing plants.

Lavender is a pet-friendly plant that looks and smells great… But not to ticks, fleas, moths and mosquitoes. A definite must for any garden, don't you think?!

Do you have lavender planted in your garden?  Do you harvest it for personal use or do you just enjoy its beauty?  Let me know down below in the comments.

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  1. I love lavender and I'm currently growing some of my own! Thanks for this super informative post. Its amazing what plants can do for us!

    1. You're very welcome and it is so amazing what plants can do for us! :)

  2. Oh what a joy it was to read your post.
    I love lavender everything.
    My guest room decor is lavender and white.
    I use a diffuser in my master bedroom with
    lavender, and I have made lavender cookies.
    Amazon sells a culinary lavender.

    Linda C in Seattle

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Linda! Its amazing what all plants can do for us! :)

  3. I like lavander very much! Very informative post. Your cake looks amazing. Have a nice day!

    1. Thank you so much Simona, you have a nice day as well! :)

  4. Lavender is my favorite herb. It's beauty and fragrance are timeless.

    1. That is for sure Kay, thank you so much for visiting our blog! :)

  5. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    1. Oh wow! Thank you so much Marilyn, what a sweet surprise! :)

  6. Wow! Lavender sounds amazing! I know it smells good, and looks great, but I did not know all the health benefits it possesses. I would love to get some of this! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate It!

    1. Thanks so much Teri! I love using the essential Oil in my washing machine rinse cycle too, its great! :)

  7. What a great lavender post! We have some by our front porch and I love the way it smells! Nice to know all the health benefits too! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. You were one of my features this week!

    1. Thank you so much Shelley! What a wonderful way to start my weekend! :)

  8. Lovely pictures and so glad you revived those plants! I'm growing some lavender and am always pleasantly surprised since I live in the desert! Found you at Farmhouse Friday.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @

    1. Hi Lita! Thank you so much! Plants always amaze me, not only their beauty, but their uses too! :)


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