Make a Lavender Air Freshener

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“In the Middle Ages, the laundress was
called the lavender,” says Lorraine
Kiefer, herbal expert and owner of Triple
Oaks Nursery, in Franklinville, New Jersey.
The name reflected the use of lavender to
scent linen and laundry. “If you sprinkle
lavender on your carpet or couch
before vacuuming, it will be a beautiful
air freshener,” Lorraine adds. “If you
sprinkle lavender oil on furniture,
under cushions, or on carpets, it will rid
your home of that doggy smell. And
cats will refuse to sit in a spot sprayed
with lavender oil.”

Here is a homespun lavender recipe
based on one in the handwritten Hartel
Family Receipt Book
(1810) that you can
still use today to keep your home
smelling lovely. Dab this mixture on a
cotton ball or a piece of cloth to scent
drawers, closets, and rooms. You can
adjust the quantities of herbs and spices
in this mixture to your liking.

  • 2 teaspoons lavender flowers
  • ½ teaspoon mace
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pint spirits (rubbing alcohol)
  • 2 teaspoons camphor oil

Combine all the ingredients except the camphor
oil and let the mixture stand in a glass
jar (it may be covered, but leave it unsealed so
the alcohol can evaporate) for 10 days in a
moderately warm place. Strain the mixture
through cheesecloth and add the camphor
oil, following the directions on the camphor
packaging closely. Dip cotton balls and/or
cloth into the mixture to make lovely sachets.
When the sachets lose their scent, make up a
new batch.

Lavender has even more uses, Lorraine
notes.”Lavender is wonderful when added to
a bath, too. Put some lavender into an old
clean sock with some Epsom salts or baking
soda and add to a tub

Excerpt from 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints—brought to you by Skyhorse Publishing


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