THIS JUST IN: Lavender bunches locally grown in Greenwood, MI, are now available at all Michigan Plum Market locations for $17.99.
Five Ways to Use Lavender Around the House
1. Grilling: Tie fresh lavender and fresh rosemary into a bundle and place it on the grill with your favorite meat (lamb is particularly yummy with lavender).
2. Cooking: Add one-half teaspoon of dried* lavender to your favorite sugar-cookie mix.
3. Carpet Freshener: After the fresh lavender dries*, grind it up and add it to baking soda, then sprinkle it on your carpet. When you vacuum, the whole house will smell like lavender and it’ll freshen your vacuum cleaner, too.
4. Sleep aid: Squeeze fresh lavender flowers to release their calming oils onto your fingertips, then rub your temples. Or boil dried* flowers in water and inhale the vapors.
5. Centerpiece: Add your lavender bunch to your favorite vase to make a soothing and inviting centerpiece.
*Drying Lavender- bundle stems together so that flower heads are lined up. Use two rubber bands per dried lavender bunch—one just beneath the flower heads and one at the base of stems. Hang bundles upside down to dry in a dark, warm spot. Protect drying lavender from sunlight to retain best color, and place a sheet beneath the bundles to catch any buds or blooms that might fall. You should have dried lavender bunches in about seven to 10 days, depending on humidity.