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Lavender For the Home: How-To

Lavender For the Home: How-To

One of the most popular articles we’ve ever put on Care2 is “Lavender Linen Water.” People seem to have a natural inclination toward this sweet, woody aroma. Lavender has age-old housekeeping uses and gifts, but the whys and wherefores have longs since been lost as have so many of the old folkways. Here are some of those whys and wherefores about lavender with some formulas to put it into wonderful use:

Anti-Bacterial Spray
Lavender contains up to 50 percent of an ingredient called linalool which kills bacteria and viruses. Put 20 drops of pure essential oil of lavender in 1 cup of water, and spray the air, table tops, door knobs, etc., anywhere you would usually use a disinfectant.

Room Aromatherapy
Lavender contains esters and aldehydes that help to regulate your moods, and it is widely used by herbalists to treat depression. Place a few drops in a water vaporizer, or on a light bulb.

Lavender Tense-Muscle Massage Oil
Because lavender contains ingredients such as aldehydes that help to reduce inflammation, and it helps relax tense muscles. Add a few drops to 1 teaspoon of a good carrier oil such as olive or grapeseed (available in the health food store).

Lavender Linen Water

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:14AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

One of the best herbs ever :)

5:19AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Sweet.

4:57AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Going to try lavender anti-bacterial spray. thanks

12:41AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thanx.

9:42AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

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8:06AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Interesting and noted

3:36PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:39PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thanks.

1:26PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thanks for posting.

6:49PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

great info... thanks

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