Close your eyes and picture the light purple flowers and cool grey leaves. Breathe in the soothing scent. Do you feel relaxed? Lavender is commonly known for its calming capabilities, but did you know it’s also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal? Having a bouquet of lavender handy can help dispel unwanted pests, purify the air you breathe and keep your laundry fresh. Here are four reasons you should love having lavender in your home:
1) Laundry – To add the scent of lavender to your laundry, all you need are a few paper tea bags and a handful of lavender. Fill the paper tea bags with lavender and close them tightly. Place the bags in the dryer with your laundry, and it will smell lovely when it’s dry.
2) Furniture Polish – If you have small children or curious pets in your home, opt for this DIY eco-friendly furniture polish instead of an over-the-counter alternative. Mix two tablespoons lemon juice with a half-teaspoon of olive oil and one drop of lavender essential oil. Mix well, and then use a soft cloth to rub the concoction into your wooden furniture.
3) Deter Moths – Moths are repelled by the natural aroma in lavender. So, if you’re having a moth problem, cut some fresh lavender and place it around your home. Lavender essential oil works, too!
4) Linen Spray – If you’re having trouble sleeping, sprinkle the scent of lavender on your bed. All you need is a little vodka, some lavender essential oil and water. Mix two teaspoons of vodka with about 40 drops of essential oil and four ounces of water in a spray bottle. Shake well, and spray lightly over your linens for a soothing night’s sleep.
We had our debut at the Chatham Fishawack Festival on June 8. It was a great day, and even the weather helped out. As we suspected and hoped, many visitors to our tent were attracted by the beautiful colors, baskets, and general Provence market atmosphere. One gentleman from Toulon stopped by to tell us how our display reminded him of home! We'll take that as the ultimate compliment. À la prochaine, Louise