so many reasons to love lavender

In a nutshell lavender is beautiful and smells divine. I love using it in so many different ways around my home and garden. Lavender is not only pretty, but it is also useful with many healing properties. There are endless reasons to love lavender.

lavender love

Lately I have shared a few projects using lavender, so a post compiling all the lavender goodness seemed like a good idea. Here are some of the reasons why I love lavender, and the ways how I use lavender around our home.

lavender love

plain & simple – lavender is pretty

Lavender evokes images of magical fields throughout Provence to me. In order to capture some of that essence, we have some lavender plants in our back yard, which I shared here {summer garden updates}. This helps intensify my lavender love.

lavender gardens
summer garden updates

We have several lavender plants around our vegetable garden. From these handful of lavender shrubs, I harvested to create many of these projects. I highly recommend adding some lavender to your garden if you don’t have any already. This simple bouquet for this tablescape smelled delightful {a bohemian tablescape} and was perfectly simple.

lavender love
a bohemian tablescape

lavender is even pretty in beverages

I not only love the way lavender looks and smells, but I also like how it tastes. It’s a super complex flavor that embodies all the scent notes in a bite. I shared how to create these ice cubes stirrers, which infuse great flavor in your beverage of choice.

lavender ice cubes
how to make lavender ice cube stirrers

As the ice melts, the fabulous lavender flavor seeps into your drink, adding an amazing depth of flavor. This can elevate a plain glass of water to a complex cocktail. Cheers!

lavender ice cube stirrers
how to make lavender ice cube stirrers

lavender tastes pretty special in desserts as well

Lavender not only smells heavenly but also has a magical flavor. I will admit, I always wanted to cook with lavender simply because it looks so pretty. But let me tell you, the flavor blows me away. If you did not see this post for {lavender honey posset recipe}, I highly recommend it.

lavender dessert
lavender honey posset recipe

The recipe is not only super easy, but the lavender essence totally elevates it a notch. When I made this for the first time with Miss M, I simply thought the lavender would simply be decoration that was quickly pushed aside. Not the case my friends. Everybody ate.all.of.it, including the lavender. Super delicious and special.

laveneder honey posset
lavender honey posset recipe

we all know lavender smells heavenly

Besides tasting amazing, we all know lavender smells wonderful as well. I love how lavender smells. The scent is calming and soothing. I sweet blogging friend sent me these lavender sachets. She knows me too well, and it shows how this bogland we all visit is an amazing place.

lavender love

These sachets smell incredible, and I love using them in my drawers. They infuse a great scent to everything. Of course the market place is flooded with lavender candles, diffusers and oils, but there’s something special about the lavender fragrance right off the flower.

lavender sachets

lavender dries nicely to have some lavender love all year long

It’s wonderful to harvest lavender fresh from the garden and enjoy it immediately. It also dries beautifully for fabulous projects like this wreath my girl fiend made me. She also has lavender plants in her yard, and she does a great job of harvesting it and sharing with friends.

lavender wreath

I’m inspired and plan on more lavender projects next growing season. I know you can buy culinary lavender, but there’s something so very satisfying to create with your own personal harvest.

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lavender love

I know there are many lavender lovers out there. I encourage everyone to use this pretty flower. Cook with it, decorate with it, craft with it, and gift it to anyone and everyone. lol. You can tell I am a bit lavender obsessed at the moment.

lavender love

Do you use lavender around your home in any special way? I would love to hear more ideas. I know it has great health benefits and is used in many aromatherapy treatments. Lavender helps with mood disorders, including anxiety, depression, and fatigue. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It’s a pretty amazing flower all around.

“To make a perfume, take some rose water and wash your hands in it, then take a lavender flower and rub it with your palms, and you will achieve the desired effect”

Leanardo Da Vinci

sharing @ between naps on the porch

22 Comments

  1. vicki says:

    Great tips

    1. Thanks Vicki! XO- MJ

  2. Maria Kamara says:

    Thanks for this post MaryJo! Lavendar is amazing in more ways then I realized. I love the idea of making ice cubes with it, so pretty and clever!

    1. Thanks so much Maria! Lavender is pretty amazing. Yes, those ice cubes are super fun! XO- MJ

  3. helenfern says:

    I love this post!! Pinned – I grow culinary lavender and I’m going to make some of those ice cubes tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life’s Share the Wealth Party. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

    1. I am so happy to hear that! Let me know how they turn out. XO- MJ

  4. Oh I love lavender. there are so many reasons to love it indeed. Thank you for sharing.
    Visiting from Grace At Home #121&122

    1. Thanks so much for the visit and the kind words. XO- MJ

  5. Ruth says:

    I love the lavender ice cubes, they look so pretty. We have a lavender bush in the garden and the flowers are just starting to bloom. I had no idea that you could do so much with it. Thanks for the great tips

    1. Where do you live Ruth? Our lavender was done blooming over a month ago. I wish it would go longer. Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  6. I love this so much! Lavender is my favorite plant after rosemary, but unfortunately, our Minnesota weather is too cold to grow them outdoors. Last year I tried growing a variety that is supposedly hardy here but nope– it failed. So, I just keep purchasing the dried lavender and put them all over the house.

    1. Hi Angie. Yes, the dried lavender is great. You can also order the culinary lavender on line. Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  7. Laurie says:

    I’m like you! I love growing, smelling, and using lavender. I enjoy the oil and use it frequently!

    Thank you for sharing your pictures and your post at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!

    Laurie

    1. Thanks Laurie. Yes it smell divine and the oil can help also with so many ailments and healthy boosts. Thanks for the visit. XO- MaryJo

  8. Donna Allen says:

    Lavender is such a calming and beautiful herb! I love all of your great tips on ways to use it! Those ice cubes are so creative and pretty! Have a great week! Donna

    1. Thanks so much Donna. Yes I really love it. I think we need to add more plants next season. lol. Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  9. Cindy says:

    Lavender ice cubes?? Omgoodness, I just love that idea MaryJo! Thanks for sharing! Pinned 🥰

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