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Lavender, part four – dried Lavender

To dry Lavender, make bunches of a dozen or so flower stalks and tie them together with string or an elastic band. Hang the bunches upside down in a dark and airy place. Depending on the weather, the Lavender will dry in about a week or so. Once dried you can store the flowers in jars, either on or off the stalk, or use it immediately. You can also dry the leafy stalks when Lavender is not in bloom – they have a subtler, more earthy, but similar scent. Dried Lavender has a great number of uses – a google search will reveal many. Here are a few of my favourites.

Whatever you use it for, squeeze or agitate dried Lavender occasionally to encourage the release of the oils.