Lavender bouquets, fresh and dried, are a beautiful addition to any decor, adding instant elegance and comfort. Here are just a few ways to incorporate them into your home. (Click on photos for full effect)
Lavender is well known for its antibacterial properties, so during this cold and flu season, it is the perfect addition to your cleaning regine -- disinfecting and dispelling the winter blahs by transporting you back to sunny summer days. Here are a few ways to use lavender as a cleaner and deodorizer:
All Purpose Deodorizer (From The Lavender Lover’s Handbook by Sarah Berringer Bader)
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon borax
Distilled or purified water
¼ c liquid castile soap
10 drops lavender eo
5 drops of lemon essential oil or 1 tsp lemon juice
Mix the white vinegar and borax together in a 16 ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle ¾ full with hot purified or distilled water. Shake well until the borax is dissolved.
Add the liquid castile soap and the essential oils (or the lavender oil and lemon juice) to the solution and shake well. Use as you would any other all-purpose cleaner
Carpet deodorizer Area rugs and carpets are breeding grounds for odors and bacteria, so here is an idea for fresh and clean carpets without the expense:
8 drops of lavender oil
½-cup baking soda.
Large mason jar
Combine ingredients and shake well. Sprinkle over the carpet, wait a few minutes, and then vacuum.
Option 1: Lavender dryer sachets. Store bought dryer sheets can contain some nasty chemicals, so why not try something that smells just as nice (or better!) without the chemicals and for a fraction of the cost!
Just fill a small muslin bag with lavender buds and throw it in the dryer. Just make sure to double or triple tie the bag shut so that it doesn't spill out (that happened to me...yes it makes a mess, but smells lovely). In most cases, these sachets will last for 8-10 loads before losing their scent. Just gently squeeze the sachets before throwing into the dryer. (Muslin dryer sachets are also available for purchase on our website and in our Newberg shop.) Added bonus: You can sprinkle the spent sachets onto your carpet and then vacuum to freshen up your carpet!
Option 2: Lavender EO on dryer balls: Another great option is to place a 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil onto reusable wool dryer balls.
Essential oils are flammable, so to reduce risk of fire add the drops to wool balls and then run for about 10 minutes on "air dry" mode after your drying cycle has ended.
Scenting a Room
Option 1: Lavender essential oil in a diffuser not only makes your room smell great, but it is very relaxing as well!
Option 2: Hydrosol spray has such a lovely floral scent and is great as a room freshener or linen spray. Be sure to use real hydrosol -- not flower water. Hydrosol is the byproduct of the distillation process so it contains many of the smae great properties as lavender and is clean and pure. No additives, no toxins, nada.
Little Lavender Shop 108 S College Ste C Newberg, OR 97132 Hours: Wed-Sun 11-6
Little Lavender Farm 11011 NE Paren Springs Rd Dundee, Oregon 97115 (Farm is open by appointment and for Exclusive Events Only)