Lavender for Kids
This is one of the most inspiring and treasured herbs for children. Everything about this plant seems to invite play, from it's gray/green woody stems to the incredible, sweet aroma of the purple flowers.
When there is an abundance of this plant in a garden you will find children playing faeries with the long aromatic 'wands'.
Traditionally this herb's calming, soothing properties have made it a a popular children's ally.
A few drops of the essential oil of lavender added to a bath can help relax a sick or anxious child.
Or try a strong infusion of the fresh flowers added to the bath or as a fragrant hair rinse.
A few fresh flower tops steeped in a pint of boiling water makes a relaxing tea.
On a hot day try this super refreshing and relaxing Lavendar Lemonade!
This plant has so many creative uses it would be hard to list them all...
Pick the stems long right after the flowers open and hang upside down to dry in a well-ventilated place.
Once dry, you can save the flowers in airtight jars and the woody stems, which have their own unique fragrance, can be used to weave small place-mats and baskets.
A Fun Project for Kids Who are Learning to Sew
Sweet Dream Pillows
With your favorite fabric stitch together small pillows of any shape and fill with dried lavender flowers and a small bit of rice or lentils. The lentils and rice will rub against the flowers causing them to release their fragrance. For a stronger scent, mix flowers and rice or lentils in a bowl and stir in a few drops of essential oil before adding to pillow. You can also add hops flowers or dried mint to these pillows. (Make sure the stitching is tight enough that the herbs can't escape. You can make an inside bag of muslin and cover in your favorite fabric if desired.) These make wonderful gifts for children to give to friends and relatives.