Monday, July 4, 2011

Lavender

My lavender has been blooming nicely this year, and my plant has lasted for quite some time now.  I learned how to prune it and that seems to have made a difference.  I am drying some this year to replenish my sachet supply in linen storage.  I also found this recipe for making lavender oil and I just may give it a try.  I love the scent of lavender.  It is supposed to have a calming effect.
I also like Herb Gardener Blog, complete with a recipe and other useful information (like about allergies).
Of course, essential lavender oil can be bought already prepared. 
If you mix about 20 drops or so of lavender oil with 1/8th cup of vodka (I wouldn't use Grey Goose or Stoli, just cheap stuff) and add a couple of cups of mineral water, you get a lovely spay for the linen closet--or spritz it on your pillow before bedtime. 
It also makes a cooling foot spray.  I think it would have deoderant properties as well.
With the marauding critters decimating my vegetables, I may go more and more to herbal gardening.

We had a lovely weekend with sister and brother-in-law.  Saturday was a perfect kind of Vermont summer day. 
We were almost tempted to go to the waterfront fireworks in Burlington, but remembered the crowds and traffic from the last time so we decided to have burgers on the deck instead.

8 comments:

  1. It seems that more and more people are avoiding the crowds these days...or is it just me?

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  2. Aw poop, lost the first one.
    I have used lavender on my pillows for years, never tried it with vodka though. Hum.
    Burgers on the deck sounds great. Have a wonderful day.

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  3. Lovely - both the Lavender and staying home.

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  4. I want to grow lavender. I think I'll try in the fall. I think I can do it then. It's too hate to do anything but wait for tomatoes now.

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  5. "Confessions of a Nana" -- I don't like the fragrance of lavender.

    Really!

    But that leaves all the more lavender, for all the people who do love it, right? ,-)

    ~♥~

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  6. I don't love the smell of lavender but I do like the way it looks and the idea of it.

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  7. I thought we were going to drink this concoction with the vodka!!! Great post.

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  8. I'll have to try these recipes. I love lavender!

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