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Zero-Waste Uses for Fresh Lavender Around the House

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Not only is lavender one of the most delicious-smelling herbs out there, but it’s also one of the most resilient and useful around the house. Lavender might get a reputation of just looking pretty and smelling good, but it can be used for so much more than just a bouquet or decoration. It makes a great infuser in foods and syrups — things like honey, vinegar, tea, and even pancake syrup. You can even make lavender ice cream!

But lavender’s edibility isn’t the only delicious thing about it. Lavender oil contains medicinal properties that allow it to be used successfully in treating anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss, and sleep issues, including insomnia. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be harnessed in order to heal minor burns and insect bites. And while there is no scientific evidence to support it yet, anecdotal evidence often hails lavender for being instrumental in treating depression, nausea, irregular blood pressure, eczema and other skin conditions, and pain associated with premenstrual disorder and menstruation.