My lavender yield this year was tiny, my total crop cut from a couple of plants that I planted back in Spring. The stems were too short and irregular to use to weave “lavender rockets” (click here), so I decided to make lavender bags. Searching my stash for open-weave fabric that would keep the seeds in while allowing the fragrance out I thought of the mesh bags that Sainsbury’s sells for 30p on their vegetable counters as a replacement for plastic bags. Perfect!
To make two lavender bags.
- Bunch of fresh lavender
- One Sainsbury’s mesh vegetable bag (or remnant of cotton muslin or similar)
- Length of strong thread
- Length of decorative ribbon
- Cut two large circles from mesh bag with pinking shears if available or ordinary scissors.
- Break seed heads off stems and place a heap in the centre of each circle
- Pull up edges of one circle and bunch together.
- Tie tightly with thread.
- Add a bow or loop of decorative ribbon.
- Repeat with the second circle.
- Hang bag in wardrobe or place in clothes drawer.
According to the “healthline” (click here)
The word lavender comes from the Latin root “lavare,” which literally means “to wash . . . People living in Ancient Persia, Greece, and Rome believed that lavender helped purify the body and mind.. .”
Lavender helps to repel moths, along with other fragrant herbs such as rosemary, thyme, cloves and bay leaves. I have placed my two bags beneath my pillow – not just to help me relax and aid my sleep but because I like the scent!