How to Make & Enjoy SCENTsational Lavender Sachets
By Caryn Gehlmann
The scent of lavender is the scent of summer here in Southern Oregon. Of course, you can benefit from lavender essential oil all year long, but many don’t realize how long you can enjoy lavender sachets. Not just days, weeks, or months, but actually years of lovely lavender scent.
Lavender sachets can be used in a variety of ways, such as:
- In your drawer or closet to keep your clothes smelling fresh.
- As a natural alternative to mothballs, which contain harmful chemicals, when storing clothes.
- When you travel to use both in your suitcase and your hotel room!
- Under your pillow to help you relax at bedtime.
- Like a stress ball — squeeze to release more scent and pent up frustration.
- In your car, instead of using chemical air fresheners.
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Now that you know all the ways to use it, let’s go over a few tips on making your own lavender sachets that you can use for years to come.
1. Find lavender buds. You can purchase lavender buds online, or if you (or a friend) have lavender growing in your yard you can harvest your own buds. Wait until at least one-third to one-half of the lavender flowers have opened for maximum fragrance. It’s best to cut the entire flower spike, without going into the woody portion of the stem. Hang your bundles of lavender upside down in a dry, sunny location. Drying time ranges from one to two weeks. The buds need to be stripped from the stems. You can do this by rolling the bundle briskly between your hands over a bucket or cloth.
2. Find or make a pouch. It’s so easy to fill a small organza or fabric pouch (even a thin sock will work) with aromatic lavender buds. If you enjoy sewing, you can make a cotton or linen pouch that allows the aroma to escape.
3. Place the lavender buds in your pouch. Either sew it up or if using a drawstring cinch it tight. It’s that easy! Remember to give your lavender sachets a squeeze from time to time to release the lavender aroma.
And if you know you’ll never get around to making a few lavender sachets, don’t worry! You can still enjoy all the benefits of lavender using essential oil in a variety of applications.
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