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For the Love of Lavender

Lavender flowers symbolize spirituality, purity, silence, love, grace, serenity and calmness.


“She’s the type of flower that can still grow after a forest fire.” Acrewss


French lavender is a fire resistant plant that thrives in dry growing conditions. This low-key plant will add beauty to your defensible space landscape.


Did you know that the lavender name was derived from the Latin word 'lavare', which means 'wash'? Lavender was also used as a holy herb in ancient times!


Lavender was a bath additive in regions like Persia, Rome, and Ancient Greece. These cultures used to believe that lavender helped to purify the body and mind. It was also used in the preparation of tea for a soothing effect. Since ancient times, lavender has been extensively used to treat different ailments, including insomnia, headaches and skin problems.



Have a bountiful crop of lavender from your garden, local farmer’s market, or a trip to a lavender farm, but not sure what to do with it?

Here a useful and pretty thing that you can make with lavender so you can continue to enjoy it for months to come!


See how to make a fragrant honey lemon lavender soap!

This quick homemade lavender soap recipe is great for beginners and made with natural ingredients that cleanse and nourish the skin. Lemon and lavender essential oil provide a wonderful scent and additional skincare benefits.


Materials

  • 1 lb / 450 g goats milk soap

  • 1 tbsp raw honey

  • 25 drops vitamin E oil

  • 12 drops lavender essential oil

  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

  • 2 tbsp purple jojoba beads (optional)

  • high-proof alcohol


Tools

  • digital scale

  • microwave-safe glass jug

  • whisk

  • soap mould

  • small spritz bottle (for spritzing the alcohol)


Instructions

  1. Cut the goat's milk soap base into small cubes and place them into a microwave-safe jug.

  2. Melt the soap cubes in the microwave set on low in 30-second bursts and stir gently in-between until the soap is liquid. Melted soap can be quite hot, so be careful to avoid burns.

  3. Add the vitamin E oil, honey, and essential oils. Whisk until well combined.

  4. Place the silicone mould on a tray or cutting board.

  5. Spritz with alcohol and sprinkle the bottom with jojoba beads.

  6. Slowly pour the soap into the mould.

  7. Spray the top of each soap with alcohol to dissolve the bubbles. Sprinkle with additional jojoba beads.

  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the soap feels hard to the touch.

  9. Once the soap is fully hardened, gently flex the mould to release the soap bars.

  10. Optionally, use a vegetable peeler or pairing knife to shave the soap and create beveled edges.

Enjoy your lavender honey lemon scented soaps, which are also a great gifting idea!



"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."

Mark Twain.


“The soothing scent of lavender. It always hits me at the right nerves, helping me to calm my anxiety. The smell which I initially was skeptical to even use as I never wanted to get addicted, now helps me to deal with migraine and tucks me to sleep.”

Srishti Srivastava


www.MeaningfulShots.com