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16 Ways To Take Advantage Of The Magical Powers Of Lavender

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1. Steep lavender pouches in your tub if you've had a long, hard day and just need to relax with your favorite scent.

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This project won't kill your relaxation plans: all you need to do is mix colloidal oatmeal with lavender buds, salts, and lavender essential oil and scoop the mixture into pretty pouches. Read the tutorial on Martha Stewart.

2. Rub some lavender sleep balms on your pulse points to get some shut-eye.

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Though the studies have been limited, there is some scientific evidence that the smell of lavender may actually help you relax, sleep, or reduce anxiety by slowing down the activity of the nervous system. Get the tutorial on Free People.

3. Rub some of this lavender scrub on your lips if they are looking less than kissable.

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Not only is lavender great for unwinding and relaxation, but it is also fantastic for your skin. The dried flowers act as a natural exfoliant and lavender, specifically, can balance out sebum production (AKA the amount of oil on your skin). See the lip scrub tutorial on Suburbia Unwrapped.

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4. Make these better-than-boutique soaps if you want to smell like lavender all the time and don't back down in the face of a challenge.

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Get the recipe card on The Sarah Johnson. Here is a shopping list all prepped and ready to go. If you are new to soapmaking and your soap didn't turn out right, use this fail guide for tips for fixing it.

6. Tie fresh lavender with a few other flowers and herbs and hang them upside down to make a pretty dried bouquet.

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See more gorgeous pictures and instructions on Jenni Kayne. She uses the bundles for smudging (the spiritual burning of herbs to clear negative energies), but you can just use them as a decoration that lasts a lifetime.

7. Soak sponges in lavender fabric softener and water, and toss them in the dryer with your clothing if you want them to smell like lavender all damn day.

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Using these lavender laundry sponges conserves fabric softener and the sponges are reusable! After the load is dry, stick the sponge back in the solution. See the full tutorial on Smart School House.

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9. Follow up your shampoo with lavender-infused vinegar to encourage hair growth.

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Lavender has properties that are good for your skin and hair. It might even help in treating alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that causes spot baldness). Visit Pistachio Project to learn how to make the hair rinse.

11. Moisturize with this DIY lavender hand salve if winter makes your hands look 50 years older than the rest of your body.

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This hand salve is great if store-bought lotions irritate your skin or just don't work as well as you think they should. The calendula has healing properties, the beeswax is moisturizing, and the lavender smells like God. So that's helpful. Visit Hello Glow for the recipe card.

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12. Cool melted beeswax with dried lavender on the sides of your candle jar.

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In addition to the aesthetic appeal, the smell of lavender reduces stress, so add about 30 drops of lavender essential oil to the beeswax before it cools. Get the tutorial for these herb-pressed candles on Adventures in Making.