Soothing Lavender Tonic Recipe

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Dried lavender flowers can be used in a variety of ways. One of my favorites to-dos is a lavender body oil perfect for soothing sore muscles and irritated skin and provides a scent that will relax both mind and body. Lavender Tonic is not difficult to make you will need thirty minutes of time to complete this project from start to finish.

Lavender Tonic is not difficult to make you will need thirty minutes of time to complete this project from start to finish.

Lavender is a favorite among gardeners and herbalists alike. This classic tonic has a clean, fresh fragrance of lavender buds. It’s gentle astringent, antiseptic, calming and healing qualities bring relief to skin irritations and sunburn. It’s good for all skin types. You can use this spray as a facial or body toner or as an aromatic spray on your pillows, sheets, and blankets.

If you care to experiment, consider adding rose or citrus essential oil into the tonic. Either of those essential oils complements the lavender and appeal to the senses.

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You will need the following equipment/materials:

  • Nonreactive pot (glass or enamel coated)
  • Strainer (cheesecloth and sieve or tea strainer)
  • 16 oz. jar or bottle with sprayer (preferably PET plastic or glass)

Yields 16 ounces

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Lavender Tonic Recipe

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  • 2 c distilled water
  • 3/4 c dried lavender flowers or 1 cup fresh flowers
  • 1/4 c witch hazel or vodka
  • 70 drops lavender essential oil


  • First, make a lavender tea by boiling the water and pouring it over the lavender flowers. Allow lavender to brew — you’ll want it to steep for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Next, make the tonic — put witch hazel or vodka into your jar or bottle and add the essential oil. Then, when the lavender tea is cool, strain it into the bottle.
  • Combine a lavender tea with lavender-infused witch hazel or vodka. Place the cap on and shake well to blend the ingredients.
  • Allow to cool completely before use. If you are using this on your face or body, it is especially nice chilled. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to six months.
  • Remember to shake well before each use, and enjoy!
Use this lavender tonic to freshen sheets, or bring that beautiful bright fragrance into any room at any time of the year.

At Chesterhaven Beach Farm, we’ve planted well over a thousand lavender plants over the last five years. Growing lavender can be tricky, some plantings have been more successful than others, but lavender plants are always beautiful. When there is an abundance of lavender, we experiment with different infusions for our food and for our body products. At harvest, we cut the lavender stems at the base — it’s the best way to cut lavender.

Then we hang the clippings in a dark, air-conditioned room and allow them to dry. Once the lavender is dry, we remove the bud from the stem by hand, and package it in an airtight freezer bag and freeze for future use. Our harvests are so large, we find we must invent new ways to use lavender. We love adding them to as many of our products as possible but also have found refreshing ways to use lavender around the house and in the kitchen.

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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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