For centuries, lavender has been used for health and household purposes - from calming anxiety to repelling insects. At Chesterhaven Beach Farm, we grow hundreds of organic lavender plants that create an abundant crop every summer. We take the bounty of these fragrant flowers and lovingly process them into our signature Peace of Mind Collection! With the soothing scent of Lavender as its main ingredient, this collection includes products such as a Calming Mask and Lavender Honey Lollipops – sure to melt away any stress or worries you might have while also naturally protecting your environment from pesky bugs.
There are lots of ways to use Lavender.
Every June, Chesterhaven Beach Farm is abuzz with life. Bees flock to the farm's beautifully fragrant lavender fields in full bloom - a luxurious sight that envelopes guests and locals alike. This versatile plant provides an enchanting backdrop for visitors and serves as food for swarming insects! Despite requiring little water or fertilizer, Lavender manages to thrive in bright sunny areas with good drainage – be it rocky soil, sandy terrain, or terra cotta pots (where they can easily be moved). And if this isn't impressive enough already, you'll never have to worry about deer devouring your crops, either! To learn more about how amazing these magical plants are, read about Growing Lavender and get tips on growing & harvesting them so your garden will one day become an entrancing summer wonderland like our own at Chesterhaven Beach Farm.
Do you know that there are dozens of ways to use lavender?
1. Make Bug Repellent
Lavender is an effective bug repellent. It certainly smells better than traditional bug repellent! Crush fresh flowers and rub the bud "oil" on your legs and arms to help repel flies and mosquitoes while outside this summer. If, however, you get attacked by a mosquito, Lavender is a good remedy for bug bites and itching because it is anti-inflammatory.
2. Make Natural Moth Repellant
Fresh or dried bunches of Lavender around your home and in closets to repel moths, mosquitoes, and flies. The scent repels them. The bonus is living in a home with natural fragrances from plants rather than artificial fragrances.
3. Treat Aches and Pains
If you feel achy from too much gardening, hiking, or canoeing, massage lavender essential oil into your joints and muscles and temples to aid in pain relief.
4. Relief from burns and cuts
The lavender essential oil may be used on cuts and burns as an antiseptic mixed with carrier oil. This wondrous plant helps to soothe sunburns, too. Add a few drops of essential oil to a filtered cold water spray bottle. Apply to red skin to cool and relieve the pain.
You can also brew dried Lavender as a tea, allow it to chill thoroughly, and apply it to the skin. Store in a dark glass container in your refrigerator; the cold provides added Relief.
Natural lavender essential oil is plant-derived and featured in our Peace of Mind Body Butter calms sunburnt skin, and the other plant oils help restore moisture.
5. For Culinary uses
Dried Lavender and other dried plants make soothing teas for relaxation. Use Lavender for seasoning by sprinkling it in a salad to enhance the flavor. Sip on lavender and chamomile tea, don't forget the honey.
Treat yourself to a delicious dessert. Stir crumbled fresh, edible organic lavender buds and a pinch of cinnamon into vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Drizzle some Spring Honey on top. Enjoy!
We've gathered and created lavender recipes for both the outside and inside of your body! Lavender is the perfect herb for DIY beauty creations, such as body oils and faces masks. The oils in the plant are very soothing and are known to reduce tension and anxiety when inhaled. We've put together quite a collection of lavender recipes to use and heal your body.
6. Making Tonic
Lavender Tonic can be used to soothe skin irritations and sunburns. The tonic has gentle astringent, antiseptic, calming, and healing qualities that do wonders for your skin. This can also be used as a room spray. Enjoy for about six months as long as you keep it refrigerated.
7. Beard Oil Recipe
This DIY Beard Oil Recipe will take as much or as little time as you have to invest. Please keep it simple or take time to create something new and different!
8. Milk and Honey Face Mask
This Milk and Honey Face Mask is soothing for dry or irritated skin. The Lavender helps to combat signs of aging and redness. Our Honey Avocado Mask is rich and nourishing and helps to moisturize, fight age, and combat acne. This mask can be customized to your skin's needs. The final add-in can be your choice of oats, almonds, or coffee.
9. Cucumber Eye Treatment
Even your eyes can benefit from using Lavender! We concocted a Honey Cucumber Eye Treatment that helps to refresh puffy and tired eyes.
While many people speak of Lavender's therapeutic benefits when used externally, many do not know how good it is to use in the kitchen. Desserts and teas take exceptionally well to the solid floral scents that the plant produces. This Lavender and Chamomile Tea with Lime is caffeine-free and is delicious hot or iced.
11. Infusing Honey
If you want to give a gourmet floral fragrance to your next cup of hot chocolate or fireside s'mores, you can make these delicate Honey Marshmallows.
13. Body Oil
Learning how to make body oil is simple. You can whip up a batch large enough for a dozen holiday gifts and fill all the dropper bottles in less than an hour.
14. Black and Blue Jam
This beautiful Black and Blue Jam is slightly herbal and sweet as honey. We make this in season, and the house smells delightful.
15. Honey Lemon Cake
We worked hard to make this recipe easy so you can enjoy making our Lavender Honey Lemon Cake and eating it up!
If you try these fantastic recipes, take a photo and share them with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!