This post is basically a love letter to one of my favorite herbs/scents/decorations.... LAVENDER! Not only is the plant itself beautiful, it smells amazing and has medicinal properties. Some of you might know but I have an anxiety disorder (fun fun!) which I've decided to treat naturally, and lavender plays a big part in my self-care routine. Check out some of my favorite lavender uses/products below.
Lavender dries really nicely while still maintaining its scent, which makes it super useful! I keep lavender sachets in my dresser drawers and clothing storage bins to keep my clothes smelling fresh (you can order some here or make your own - great party favors). I also recently picked up a bunch of dried lavender from our local farmers' market which I've arranged in vintage glass milk bottles (purchased from the Etsy shop here) and placed throughout our apartment. I love the way they look and it gives off a super subtle scent. Dried lavender can last for years if kept properly (away from moisture and direct sunlight), so it's an easy, cheap alternative to buying fresh flowers all the time.
Lavender Essential Oil
I use lavender essential oil all. the. time. I keep a small bottle of it in my purse and dab a little bit on my wrists and neck whenever I'm having a stressful day at work or trying to calm myself before getting on a crowded train. It's also great for diffusing! I keep an essential oil diffuser on the nightstand next to my side of the bed and if I'm having trouble relaxing before falling asleep I put a few drops in the diffuser and let the scent fill the room. My favorite trick though is to place a few drops of the oil in the shower before getting in. The steam from the hot water helps to diffuse the scent, and it really makes my shower feel more serene and spa-like. My favorite lavender oil can be found at Rocky Mountain Oils!
You can find lots of lavender scented products just at your regular drug store. I try to look for those that have a 100% natural fragrance. I love this hand lotion from J.R. Watkins. I keep it on my desk at work and it's a nice pick-me-up during the day. I also love this body wash from Jason. So much lavender!!
This brings me to the end of my lavender love note. If you have any favorite scents, or favorite lavender products, please share in the comments below! : )
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 27 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.