How to Dry Homegrown Lavender

How to Dry Homegrown Lavender

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Lavender is one of the most rewarding herbs you can grow. If you were to ask people what their favorite smell is, I would lay a bet that it would be either lavender or rose.

The distinctive sweet fragrance of lavender is recognizable, even to the untrained senses, and one that I have loved growing.

We always had clusters of lavender growing at the family home, in both our front and back gardens. Each autumn, when we said our fond farewell, we would often find that it had re-seeded itself to another part of the garden the following year. Lavender may be grown in gardening containers or plant pots if you don't have a garden.

Originating in the old world, lavender is associated with and native to the hot dry Mediterranean as well as Arabic and African countries, including the Canary Islands lying in the Atlantic Ocean. Documented used date back more than 2,500 years, with many uses by the Romans or Greeks. The Romans, for example, were known to use lavender oil in cooking, scenting the air, and for bathing—all of which are very popular methods of using lavender today.

Homemade Lavender Products

Drying lavender or using the fresh lavender flowers is an excellent way of using this herb which is a member of the mint family.

The beauty of making your own products be they for the home, in skin care products, or as different forms of room fresheners, making your own little industry of natural products is not difficult, requires kitchen cupboard ingredients for the most part and save you spending your hard earned cash.

Making the products are ideal for teens, teacher gifts, romantic gift ideas and just about any occasion you can think of, not forgetting it could be a money-earning business by selling your lavender delights!

If your garden rewards you yearly with a good display of lavender in summer, you are incredibly lucky.

Read on for how to dry your homegrown lavender and pick up ample suggestions in how to extend the wonderful heady scent.

Drying Lavender at Home

You Will Need:

  • A good supply of lavender (ideally when it is almost in full bloom)
  • Sharp garden shears/secateurs or kitchen scissors
  • A basket or container
  • A ball of string


  1. Going to the garden, cut the mature lavender as near the leaves at the bottom as possible. This gives you a nice long stem of lavender flowers.
  2. Without crushing the stems, tie each stem individually, leaving a ¾ inch between each one. This will enable air to circulate the lavender while drying and will avoid the flowers going moldy or rot setting in.
  3. Tie both ends together forming a loop.
  4. Making sure the flowers are pointing to the floor, hang your chain like lavender in a dark dry place for about a month.
  5. Check on it every week as you may find it dries quicker depending on the conditions.
  6. When fully dry, untie your bunch or bunches and they are now ready to use!

Storing Dried Lavender

Uses of Dried Lavender

  • Dried flower arrangements
  • Homemade potpourri
  • Inside oil lamps
  • Tuck it into pillows
  • Sew inside stuffed animal toys
  • Sew into eye pillows
  • Natural room fragrances
  • Homemade beauty products
  • Lavender sachets
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Lavender oil
  • Insect repellent
  • For sale
  • Lavender tea
  • Add to green tea
  • Add to salad dressings
  • Homemade soup
  • Lavender jelly
  • Weave lavender wands
  • Weave baskets
  • Add to inside of a Greeting Card
  • Add to wrapping paper
  • Under the car seat
  • In a dish
  • Hang in the wardrobe
  • Hang on a windowsill
  • Set it on top of a TV
  • Hang on outside of a lampshade
  • Basket by fireplace
  • Soothing lavender bubble bath
  • Scented water
  • Pouches
  • Wedding confetti

Carol on September 10, 2019:

My plants neverflower much I grow in pots can you use the green stems they smell good too

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2013:

Hi Joan,

The buds and spikes are best to use in sachets. Thanks for dropping in!

Joan on October 06, 2013:

Can I use the lavender leaves for sachet?

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2013:

Hi RTalloni,

Many thanks for dropping by! Sorry to hear you lost your supply but hopefully the new location will be better than ever! Lavender is also great in pots and worth trying indoors in the kitchen from a root cutting or small plant. Hope you have a lovely crop soon!!

RTalloni on April 02, 2013:

After losing my best lavender plants I am starting new ones in a better location and am so looking forward to again having lavender stems to dry. Thanks for sharing this method!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2013:

Hi Athlyn Green,

many thanks for your input, lavender is so good in a variety of ways! lavender whipped cream sounds heaven!

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on April 02, 2013:

I love lavender. The culinary lavender is wonderful mixed into white sugar. You can also make lavender shortbread or lavender whipped cream.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 26, 2013:

Hi Audrey,

How lovely for you to be growing lavender now! You must make some lavender oil too it is soooooo gorgeous!! Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comment!! Hope you had/have a great birthday!! :-)

Audrey Howitt from California on January 26, 2013:

I am growing lavender this year and am hoping to dry it as well--beautiful hub!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 22, 2013:

Hi debbiepinkston,

Many thanks for visit and lovely comments. I would start it as a starter plant rather than seed but both would be good to try depending on cost for you. Most things in fact I plant as small starter plants but have done summer flowers for hanging baskets or pots as seeds to generate more plants. Appreciate the question and hope you get to plant lavender soon!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 22, 2013:

Hi starstream,

Thanks for visiting this article. It is interesting to hear lavender is not readily available in California. I would have thought it would be. Lavender oil is easy to make if you haven't tried to yet and has multiple uses. Thanks very much for your input here, much appreciated.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 22, 2013:

Hi Natashalh,

Lovely to see you and glad you are a fan! It is a wonderful ingredient in dishes of all sorts so have continued fun!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 22, 2013:

Hi vespa,

Wow, I didn't realize that lavender was difficult to locate in Peru. Great to hear you will be able to buy starter plants for your new herb garden! I can't wait to start mine eventually in Italy but meantime i will growing a small selection here in containers. Glad you enjoyed and I look forward to seeing pics of your gorgeous herbs which you will be putting to great use!! Cheers for the votes and shares!!!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 22, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Knew you would approve this one! The lavender man! Glad you enjoyed the info and are getting the full benefit around the house! Thanks so much my friend !!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 22, 2013:

Hi mactavers,

Welcome and thanks so much for visiting! I appreciate your kind words, I love lavender and miss it growing since I moved. Looking forward to having it grow again!!

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on January 22, 2013:

I have tried herbs and flowers before, but never lavender. I haven't been fortunate to have lavender in my garden, but it is a MUST for this spring! Is it best to buy lavender plants, or start from seeds? What would you recommend?

Thank you, I can't wait for spring!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on January 22, 2013:

Lavender oil is one of my favorites. It calms and gives a sense of well being . Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The cost of buying lavender products is very high and usually is found in special botiques here in California.

Natasha from Hawaii on January 22, 2013:

I love lavender! I enjoy cooking with it, too. It basically tastes like it smells.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 22, 2013:

I love reading your well-written Hubs. Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances and reminds me of my maternal grandmother who loved both the color and fragrance. I thought lavender couldn't be found in Peru but I just heard I can get starter plants at the nearby nursery! As soon as we get settled in our new place I plan to start an herb garden. I look forward to following your clear instructions on drying lavender in bunches and then having it for culinary or fragrance uses. Voted up and shared!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 22, 2013:

Yes indeedy! We did it last year and we are still enjoying the fragrances around the house. Great information here, Irish, and you know how I feel about this particular herb! :)

mactavers on January 22, 2013:

This is a wonderful well written Hub, and yes I agree that most people love the smell. I love the smell of fresh mint too.

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