I posted a picture of some freshly harvested lavender on my Facebook page a few days ago, and one of my readers requested for tips on how to harvest, dry and use lavender. Rather of including a long comment on Facebook, I decided to write this post.
HOW TO HARVEST LAVENDER
The best time to harvest lavender is prior to the flower buds have actually totally opened, but you can harvest them after they open too, the scent just will not be as strong.
Harvesting lavender is easy. Just snip the stem of the flower straight below the flowers.
You can cut the stems longer if desired, which would work better for flower arrangements or hanging.
HOW TO DRY LAVENDER.
Drying lavender is just as easy as harvesting it, and there are numerous methods to dry lavender.
Lavender drys relatively quickly, so you could simply lay it on a dry counter top or table. You might also spread it out on some newspaper or a drying rack. It ought to only take a few days for lavender to dry out if laid flat. You’ll understand the lavender is done drying when the flowers feel breakable.
Many websites say to tie the stems of lavender in a bundle, and hang them upside down to dry. I find this approach tiresome, and it actually isn’t required. If you wish to make sure the stems remain upright while they’re drying, you can dry them upside down. If you picked to utilize this technique for drying lavender, tie the bundle loosely and hang it in a warm, dry area to prevent mildew.
I use a dehydrator to dry my lavender. My dehydrator has a setting for herbs, which is what I use. If your dehydrator does not have this setting, dry lavender on your dehydrators most affordable setting. It only takes a couple hours for lavender to dry in a dehydrator, and the entire house smells wonderful while it’s drying.
HOW TO USAGE LAVENDER.
Lavender has a lot of fantastic usages, that I won’t even attempt to list them all here. My favorite use for lavender is making lavender tea. You could likewise utilize dried lavender to make potpourri or lavender sachets to refurbish closets and drawers. Lavender does not have to be dried in order to be utilized. Fresh or dried lavender can be used for cooking or baking, tossed into salads, in tea or other beverages like cocktails and lemonade, or sprayed into bath water. Somebody informed me they made lavender cookies once, how tasty does that noise?
HOW TO SHOP DRIED LAVENDER.
You can remove the flower buds from the stem by gently running your fingers along the stem, or you can keep dried lavender stems whole.
I like to store dried lavender in a mason container, or it can be kept in a paper bag or box. Dried lavender can be stored for numerous years, but the fragrance will fade over time.
Dried lavender in mason container.
Store dried lavender in mason jars.