Are your memories of lavender taking you back to your Grandmother’s house? Do you remember the big bush of it growing at her back door? Perhaps it is the scent that takes you back to yesteryear. Lavender is one of those scents that has gone out of style over the years. As big corporations have taken over and celebrities endorse the latest shiny bottle of synthetic, chemical filled liquid. The knowledge that was passed down through the generations is being lost as consumerism takes over. The time has come to reclaim the knowledge of our ancestors.
As we return to traditional living and remove these toxins from our homes we can again come to appreciate the natural scents that nature provides for us. These days there is no need for us to grow our own plants and herbs, modern convenience allows us to source ethical products from all around the world at the push of a button.
Pure lavender essential oil has a range of therapeutic and domestic uses in your home. From adding several drops to a warm magnesium bath to help relieve sore muscles and menstrual cramping through to inhaling the scent to help relieve anxiety and insomnia. My favourite use for lavender oil is to add several drops and a quarter cup of white vinegar instead of fabric softener to my washing. Together they act as an antibacterial wash. Your washing will come out smelling fresh and clean, not a trace of the vinegar!
If you are lucky enough to grow your own lavender, you can distil your own lavender vinegar cleaner by distilling a quarter cup of dried lavender and one cup of white vinegar in a glass jar. Seal and leave in a warm sunny spot. After 10 days strain your vinegar. This blend should be used in a 1:3 water solution and can be used for any of your household cleaning. Once you start to replace the toxic chemicals from your environment you will notice just how irritating they are to our bodies when you do come in contact with them!
You can purchase my Pure Australian Lavender Essential Oil here.