Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday: What to do with the leftover lavender?

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So my big tea party is over, and there are still a few things lingering about that have not been put back into storage - some of the china, for starters. I'm tackling that today, but that's not big thing. What I was really worried about was finding some use for the leftover flowers. I added the droopy blooms to the compost bin, but I still had many sprigs of lavender left over that I was sure could be of better use than compost fodder. I Googled and found several sites detailing the drying process of this fragrant plant. I decided that's what I'd do. So my tackle today is to arrange the sprigs of lavender to let them dry. Although I don't have much in the way of buds (it was more the greenery that I used for the table decor), I read that the dried leaves work in sachets and eye pillows. Lavender mixed with rice (or also salt?) make wonderful heating pads. But those decisions and tasks will be left for another tackle. For now, I'm happy to have the sprigs of lavender drying. I'm thinking of using the end products as part of next year's tea party favors. It would be kind of nice to have it recycled as such.
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7 comments:

Susie said...

Love the recycling and repurposing:-) I have lavender in my indoor garden. I can't wait until I can use them:-) Great tackle!

Toni said...

I love lavender as well. When I used to grow it, I would just rub my hands and arms all over it and carry the smell with me. It does make for great sachets. My son has a stuffed animal that has a grain/lavender insert that you heat up in the microwave and then put back in. He LOVES it and I love the smell of it!

Lisa said...

What a great idea to dry the lavender and use them for next year's party favors. I use Young Living's lavender oil and it's one of my favorites!

Prairie Girl said...

oh one of my favorites! Definitely a nice smelling tackle.

Another great use for the lavender would be a dryer sachet. The lavender seems to be naturally anti-static and leaves your clothes smelling lovely in a natural way.

~Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

Great tackle! We use sprigs of lavender in closets, drawers and such to help them smell wonderful. I also hang dry them to use in soaps and potporri.

Faith said...

Great ideas, I would have just thrown it away! I love lavender, it makes me think of Twilight.

Sherry said...

Great tackle! It is great to be able to repurpose things. :D