What to do with Dried Lavender Flowers

Are you the proud owner of lavender plants in your garden? If so, you’ve likely experienced the joy of harvesting your own lavender. But what to do with all those fragrant flower buds once they’ve dried out? There are plenty of easy ways to make the most of your lavender harvest. Let’s explore the best ways to use them!

girl carrying basket of lavender

I love lavender.  Lavender plants are so pretty, and whole fields of lavender are even prettier.  Lavender thrives in warmer locations so as a Canadian I wasn’t sure I would be successful in growing lavender.  Canada isn’t known for it’s scorching weather, if you know what I mean.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I could grow lavender successfully.

However, I could not grow lavender from seed to save my life.  I tried to start seeds indoors years ago and I could not get the seeds to germinate. 

I think the conditions for lavender to grow have to be just right and indoors it’s really hard to obtain that.  So I bought some seedlings at my local garden center and had much more success that way.  So, I encourage you to take that route if you are able.  You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.

Or maybe, unlike me you will actually be successful with starting some lavender seeds indoors.    If that’s the case, you’ll have to let me know your secret!

Once your lavender grows, you’ll want to take your fresh lavender flowers and put them in a dry place.  I like to take small bunches of the fresh flowers by the stems, and I wrap a rubber band around them and hang them upside down to dry out.  When they’ve been hanging long enough they will turn into dry lavender flowers.  

Once that happens you can stick them in an airtight container until you use them in all your favorite ways.  One of my favorite ways to use lavender is just to stick the buds in a mason jar so I can open it every now and again and enjoy the smell of lavender.

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Lavender Sachets

One of the best ways to enjoy the soothing scent of dried lavender flowers is by making lavender sachets. These little bundles or dried buds are perfect for tucking into drawers, closets, on your bedside tables, or even under your pillow for a restful night’s sleep for a natural air freshener.

Simply gather your dried lavender buds into small fabric bags or pouches, seal them up tight, and voila! You have your very own natural air fresheners and insect repellents.

Infused Oils

Another great idea for using dried lavender flowers is to infuse them into oils. Whether you prefer olive oil or a lighter option like almond oil, the process is simple. Just fill a glass jar with dried lavender buds and cover them with your oil of choice.

Seal the jar and let it sit in a dark place for a few weeks, allowing the lavender’s fragrance and properties to infuse into the oil. Strain out the flowers, and you’re left with a wonderfully scented lavender oil that’s perfect for massage, skincare, or adding a unique flavor to your culinary creations.

bundle of lavender

Lavender Cookies

​You can use that fragrant lavender in baking.  These lavender cookies would be a sweet afternoon treat and are so pretty to serve to guests. How nice would it be to eat lavender cookies with some tea at your table with a friend while enjoying some lavender bouquets in a vase? There are so many ways to enjoy lavender.

Lavender Tea

Did you know that you can enjoy the benefits of lavender through a cup of tea? Simply steep a teaspoon of dried lavender buds in hot water for a few minutes, strain, and sip your way to relaxation. Lavender tea is not only delicious but also known for its calming properties, making it the perfect bedtime beverage.

Lavender Bath Bombs and Salts

Turn your bath time into a spa-like experience by incorporating dried lavender flowers into DIY bath bombs or bath salts. Mix together ingredients like Epsom salts, baking soda, and a few drops of lavender essential oil with your dried lavender buds for a fragrant and relaxing soak.

Or, for an extra indulgent treat, add some dried rose petals to the mix for a truly luxurious experience.  Lavender bath salts also make a great gift for others!

Lavender Potpourri and Home Decor

Looking for an easy way to freshen up your living space? Create your own potpourri using dried lavender flowers, rose buds, and other fragrant botanicals.

Simply mix together your dried flowers and herbs in a bowl, add a few drops of lavender essential oil for an extra burst of fragrance, and display in small jars or dishes around your home. Lavender potpourri not only smells amazing but also adds a touch of natural beauty to any room.

Lavender Soap and Lotion Bars

You can also make your own lavender-infused soap or lotion bars. Simply melt down a base of glycerin soap or beeswax, stir in some dried lavender buds, and pour into molds to set. Not only will your homemade creations smell amazing, but they’ll also leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

lavender buds

​There are Many Lavender Uses

As you can see, there are countless ways to put your dried lavender flowers to good use. Whether you’re making lavender sachets for your drawers, infusing oils for massage, or brewing a calming cup of lavender tea, the possibilities are endless.

So the next time you find yourself with a bountiful lavender harvest, get creative and explore the many different ways to enjoy this sweet smelling flower.  It will beautify your home and add a gorgeous scent to your living space.  Lavender definitely adds to the feeling of an aesthetically pleasing home.  

And if you haven’t, make sure you plant some lavender in your garden this year.  You’ll love going out and picking some lavender in your own backyard.

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