Thursday, June 07, 2012

How to dry lavender

This is the first year I can make use of my lavender. I was so excited to be able to harvest it and hopefully create some useful things that I can share with my friends and family. First I decided to dry my lavender in order to have it ready for some further use. So how do you dry lavender? Here are the steps to help you get the best out of this fragrant flower. 

Wait till the lavender is almost in full bloom and then get ready to cut it. You will need to cut the stems long in order to ensure the proper air circulation between the drying blooms.

When you are finished cutting them, take a piece of string and wrap the stems around as close to the cut end as possible. This will open up the flower heads and help the air circulate better between the flowers. 

Then tie a knot and hang them with flowers pointing down to the floor in a dark dry place for about a month. I put them in small bunches to ensure enough air will be able to come through them.


Unknown said...

Your lavender looks wonderful! I'm pinning this, so if I ever get enough to dry, I'll know how! Thanks for posting~

Monika said...

Thank you for your kind comment! It smells so good in my house!