Just the inhalation of lavender will help a headache related to stress especially. It can induce you to a peaceful sleep by just having a sachet under your pillow or spraying your pillowcase with lavender linen spray. Lavender oil can be used externally to soothe aches and pains by rubbing some oil on the area affected.
Beauty wise, it can be used for acne flare ups and as a balm for sunburn just by mixing a few drops to a little water and then rubbing it on the affected area as well. You can rub the oil undiluted onto insect bites and stings. Also...I know, but wait! Lavender can help repair damaged hair too!
If you want to dry lavender, collect it when the flowers start to fade...at the end stage of flowering and hang upside down in a cool place, in a paper bag. This way when the flowers fall off, you can collect them!
Now that you've learned a wee bit about lavender....this is where the lounging comes in. Run yourself a lovely bath with several drops of lavender, lay back and inhale! Trust me, you will feel calm.
I wasn't planning on giving a mini-lesson on lavender today, but once I started there was no stopping me! I think that perhaps once or twice a week I'll post another herb commentary here and if anyone has info to add, please do! I'm also going to try to put some crafting recipes for herbs out there as well. By the way, today was a lovely day....unlike yesterday. We had friends at lunch for paninis, spinach salad and peach wine along with animated conversation with good friends we haven't seen enough of!
Hope your day was great too!