Lavender is my favourite herb by far, it smells amazing and looks pretty. What more could you want? I regularly add a bit of lavender oil to Annie and Evans bath in an attempt to encourage sleepiness (it’s never worked for my kids but it smells nice!) and I’ve started using a lavender sugar scrub which is so nice for the skin. I made it myself using the basic scrub recipe from here but ended up deviating from it quite a bit – here’s how I made my lavender sugar scrub:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil (any oil can be used)
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil (and a few teaspoons of lavender buds to make it prettier!)
Mix it all together and just keep going until you have a consistency that you’d like – if you’d prefer something rougher add salt instead of sugar and if you want it smoother add more oil. Put it in a kilner jar and you’re done! If it’s a gift for someone, add some ribbon and a few sprig of lavender to make it beautiful.
Lavender is coming to the end of it’s growing season so it’s time to prune it ready for next year (instructions here), I did mine today and potted up a few cuttings too. I’ve never taken lavender cuttings before but I found a picture step-by-step tutorial on the gardeners world website so hopefully I’ve done it right and I’ll have a garden full of lavender next summer. I think I’ll be using the spare lavender to add to a sugar scrub but for now I’m just enjoying the smell of it drying on the mantlepiece.