Lavender water has as many uses in today’s home as it did hundreds of years ago. The scent is at once refreshing and relaxing, and lavender water is very easy to make – which explains, perhaps, the popularity of this centuries-old concoction.
There are a number of ways to make lavender water, so we’ve included several different recipes here, along with suggestions on how to use it as a body spray, cologne, facial mist, sinus inhaler, linen spray or room freshener. Many lavender water recipes are interchangeable, meaning you can use them for more than one purpose. Essentially, you may regard the following lavender water recipes as a guide for using the ingredients you have at hand, for the purpose you have in mind.
As always, when using herbal preparations, be aware of possible allergic reactions. And our lawyer wouldn’t be happy unless we added the usual caveat: use the suggestions and recipes on this page at your own risk. That said, we hope you enjoy your lavender water preparations as much as previous generations have done in centuries past!
Lavender Linen Water
- 100 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1½ ounces vodka
- optional: 10 drops spearmint essential oil
- 2½ cups distilled water
Add oils and vodka to a spray bottle and swirl the bottle around to combine. Add distilled water and shake well. Shake bottle again before using. Spray onto linens or into your linen closet to refresh and scent sheets, pillowcases and sundry household linens.
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 cup distilled water
Combine oil and vodka in a glass jar, then add distilled water. Seal well and refrigerate. Use within three months.
Easy Lavender Facial Spritz
- 500ml (or 2 cups) of mineral water
- lavender essential oil
Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and two cups of mineral water to a spray bottle. Shake before spritzing on the face. Remember to keep your eyes closed when using any facial mist or spray. Tightens pores and refreshes; wonderful after a work-out or shower.
Lavender Tea Water
- 2 teaspoons of lavender buds
- 1 cup water
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
Steep two teaspoons of lavender flower buds in one cup of boiling water for five minutes. Strain, then add 20 drops of lavender essential oil. To use as a facial compress: immerse a washcloth or flannel in the lavender water, then wring out well before applying as a compress. Remaining lavender water can be stored in well-sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for use as a refreshing facial compress, mist or spray.
All Purpose Lavender Water
- ½ teaspoon lavender essential oil
- two cups water
Bring two cups of water to a boil; let cool for a minute or two. Pour water into a bowl and add half a teaspoon of essential lavender oil. Inhale vapor to clear the sinuses. Let the lavender water cool, then massage into skin as a facial or skin refresher. Store in the fridge for future use.
Light Lavender Water Cologne
- 1 cup lavender flower buds
- optional: one or two drops of lavender essential oil
Remove lavender flower buds from stems and add to a one-cup measuring container, packing lightly. Pour the measured cup of lavender buds into a glass container. Add one measuring cup of water, preferably distilled or previously boiled and cooled. Add 1/8 cup of vodka and stir or shake well. Allow infusion to sit in a sunny windowsill for two weeks, shaking the jar daily to combine ingredients. Strain the lavender water into a pretty bottle and use as desired. If resulting lavender perfume is too light, reinforce with a drop or two of lavender essential oil.
Lavender Toilet Water
from Housekeeper’s Encyclopedia, 1913, by Lucia Millet Baxter
A delightful toilet water is made of white wine vinegar and lavender flowers. Steep handfuls of the lavender in the vinegar. Keep the jar for three days in a warm place on the back of the stove, after which strain and bottle.
Lavender Bath Water
- 2 cups water
- 2 large handfuls of dried lavender flowers
- 2 cup measuring cup
Place 2 large handfuls of dried lavender into measuring cup; pour boiling water over flowers to two cup mark. Steep until cool, strain and add to bath water for a relaxing soak.