Do more with laven­der

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This beau­ti­ful plant is of­ten used as an in­fu­sion (the dried flow­ers and leaves steeped in water) or as a di­lu­tion of es­sen­tial oil. You can also use it in pot­pourri or add flow­ers to per­fume bis­cuits, honey and sugar. Hand­fuls of dry prun­ings make great kin­dling for scented fires. Prun­ings can also be squashed into net­ting bags and tossed into ponds in spring where they’ll re­lease a mild al­gae­cide as they rot. Dry the flow­ers of English laven­der to make a fra­grant tea, which can be used to lift the spir­its and soothe in­di­ges­tion and headaches.

To dry laven­der, har­vest blooms as they are open­ing so they won’t drop flow­ers. Hang in a well-ven­ti­lated place out of di­rect sun­light.

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