How to make perfume: Lavender Water (Cologne)
by Michelle Harris Lavender Water (Lavender Cologne)
Fragrance Family: Floral
Single Note: Floral
Lavender - which comes from the word "lavare", Latin for "to wash" - has been a favorite ingredient in the perfume industry since the Greeks and Romans first used lavender in their bath waters. This flower has a sweetly floral aroma with herbal undertones. It's been known to have healing properties, such as an effective antiseptic or antibiotic, to prevent scaring, soothing burns and relieving muscle pains. Lavender water became popular in England in the 17th century and it is still considered as soothing as a body splash.
The recipe is simple and very easy to follow. The alcohol in the recipe serves as a preservative and prolongs the shelf life of the lavender water from eight months to a year. Apply by hand or spray to relieve aching legs, to relax, refresh and calm emotions. The scent is distinctly soft and delicate to the wearer.
1 clean airtight container or jar
1 clean spoon
1 cup distilled water
2 1/2 tablespoons vodka (a good brand)
20 drops lavender fragrance oil
1/2 cup lavender flowers (fresh or dried will do)
1 coffee filter or cheese cloth
1-2 airtight bottles to store cologne
Fill container or jar with lavender flowers. Pour water and vodka over flowers and stir with spoon gently. Add lavender fragrance oil, stir again. Seal container and set in cool, dark place for one week, stirring every few days.
One week later:
Strain liquid through coffee filter or cheese cloth and discard lavender. Bottle lavender water immediately. It can be stored in a dark bottle and kept up to one year. Enjoy!
Tidbit facts: Native to Provence, Lavender dates back to the time of Ancient Rome. When its oil was extracted and used as an antiseptic.
Lavendar Bubble Bath
by Belinda Mooney
1 bunch Lavender
1 large bottle clear organic shampoo
5 drops oil of Lavender
Clean wide-neck jar with screw top
Place Lavender head down in the jar. Cut down to fit. Add shampoo and Lavender oil. Close and place in sunny window (sorry if you are not in a place the sun reaches this time of year! I am lucky enough to be in California.) for 2-3 weeks and shake occasionally. Strain and re-bottle. Use 1 tbsp in a bath.
This was sent to me by a friend . It is from From "The Complete Book of Herbs" By Andi Clevely and Katherine Richmond I believe.
~Lavender Mineral Bath~
1/2 cup solar dried sea salts
1/4 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup dead sea mineral salts
40 drops lavender EO
Mix all ingredients well (adding EO last) store in a glass jar or tin and use 1/4 cup per bath!
Lovely Lavender Oat Mask
1/2 c. ground whole oatmeal
6 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all well. I recommend that you add the essential oil before you grind the oats in a blender or food processor. You can add up to 12 drops per mix if you like a stronger fragrance mask. Lavender is great for the skin and one of the most 'safe' of the essential oils to use directly on the skin.
This recipe is great because you can cater to your skin type. For each mask you will need 2 tablespoons of your mix.
Normal skin type: add enough whole milk to make a thick paste
Oily skin type: add enough water to make a thick paste
Dry skin type: Add whole fresh cream to make a thick paste.
Smooth mask over the whole face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse. Rinsing is easiest when you use a warm cloth to soak and soften the mask before gently removing the mask.
Lavender Remedy for Poison Ivy
A mixture of Peppermint Oil and Lavender Oil work wonders on contact dermatitis from such things as Poison Oak, Poison Ivy or Sumac
Mix 12-24 drops of Peppermint essential oil in one ounce of cider vinegar or witch hazel to help with burning and itching. Add ten drops of Lavender to protect against infection.
4 ounces 100 proof grain alchohol
28 ounces purified water
1 cup of dried lavender flowers
1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaf
1/4 cup witch hazel leaf
2 teaspoon Lavendar essential oil
In a large jar, combine herbs. Mix alcohol and water and pour into jar with herbs to fill. Screw cap tightly on jar. Let steep, shaking occasionally for a full moon cycle. Strain liquid through muslin cloth. Return liquid to clean jar, add essential oils, Screw cap tightly on jar, shake vigorously. Let set and shake thrice more over the course of a day. Shake well before decanting into spray bottles.
Lavendar (Lavendula officinale)
Powers: Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Lavendar's many magickal purposes:
Lavendar is good for love spells. To attract love, rub clothing with the flowers. Write love letters on lavendar scented paper. Wear lavendar for protection from a cruel spouse. Burn or smoulder the flowers to induce sleep and rest. Scatter in your home for peacefulness. If you are depressed, gaze on a lavendar plant to lift your mood.
A wish divination
Place lavendar under your pillow, while thinking of your wish, before bed. If you dream of anything relating to your wish, it will come true. If you do not dream of anything relating to your wish, it will not manifest.
Herb Closet or Drawer Squares
Place handfuls of each of dried lavender flowers, rosemary, one tablespoon each crushed cloves and small pieces of dried lemon peel together. Sew small cotton squares about four by four inches; leaving a space open. Stuff with herb mixture. Tie several together and wrap in tissue paper tied with raffia. Attach a note explaining that these will protect clothes from insects and can be placed in drawers, closets or boxes.
1/2 pound lavender flowers
1/2 ounce dried mint
1/2 ounce dried thyme
1/4 ounce ground caraway
1/4 ounce ground cloves
1 ounce sea salt
Detach the lavender flowers and leaves from the stems and mix with the other ingredients. Place in small bags made of silk, unbleached cotton or cotton with die-fast color. Sew shut and tie with a ribbon if desired. You can be creative with this mixture and sew heart shapes that can then be decorated with miniature ribbon roses and ribbon.
Lavender Bath Bombs
Lavender essential oil is reassuring, soporific, and is often the first choice of aromatherapists for treating emotional or mental stress. It also reduces muscular pain, whether from illness or physical exertion, and soothes the skin. I can't think of a more perfect herb for a relaxing bath.
4 cups epsom salts
2 cups Sea salt
1 cup non fat powdered milk
2 cups oatmeal ground to a very fine powder in a food processor or coffee grinder-use the old fashioned kind
40 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, sieve if you wish,then add the lavender 10 drops at a time, thoroughly mix it through. Do this 4 times, so that the lavender essential oil is distributed.
I then put the mix in glass jars and put a pretty sticker on the jar with all the ingredients and the date when I made it.
LAVENDER SUMMER POTPOURRI
(all ingredients are dried):
4 cups lavender flowers
1 cup mixed culinary herbs, such as oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary
1/2 cup southernwood
2 cups pink rosebuds and petals
1 cup spearmint
1/4 cup chopped orris root or other fixative mixed with 1 tsp. essential lavender oil
Combine all ingredients and store in a glass jar or zip lock bags for 2 - 4 weeks to allow it to blend. Display in pretty glass or ceramic bowls, or put into sachets or sacks.
Speaking of essential lavender oil, it is the most widely used and versatile healing oil used in aromatherapy. Not only is it very effective, it is also very safe and easy to use. It is the only essential oil generally recommended as safe to apply 'neat' or undiluted to the skin. It is used as a first aid measure to treat minor burns in much the same way aloe gel might be applied. It promotes healing of minor cuts and scrapes, and helps prevent scarring. It is antiseptic and is used in a wide variety of herbal beauty products, and in many insect repellent mixtures. Research has shown it helpful in promoting restful sleep and as an aid for headaches when a drop is massaged into the temple area or onto the back of the neck. The balancing properties of lavender help correct anxiety, nervousness and other emotional problems. Try a drop or two on your pillow at night, in a warm bath, or on a tissue or handkerchief when traveling.
Few other herbs offer so much in so many different ways. In today's fast passed lives, lavender continues to prove its value as one of the most rewarding and useful herbs.
Lavender is used for protection, relaxation, and healing. Good for headaches, insomnia, pain, arthritis, and depression. Antiseptic and astringent. Good for burns, insect bites, acne and eczema. Helps to reduce scarring. Promotes hair growth. Activates the crown chakra. Ancients believed it ensured fidelity.
Lavender(Lavandula officinalis)óroot & leaf
Lavender may be used externally for sprains and rheumatism. It is nowadays seldom taken internally.
Magick: Lavender attracts elves, is burned for purification and awareness, and used in the bath for purification as well as for its beneficial effects on the skin.
Lavender vinegar hair-rinse
from Brenda Hyde of Seeds of Knowledge.
Fill a one-quart jar 1/2 full with lavender leaves and flowers. Top with white vinegar; seal with a plastic lid, or place plastic wrap over the jar first before closing lid. Place in a dark place, such as a cupboard for 3-4 weeks. Mix one part lavender vinegar to one part distilled water and use to rinse hair after shampooing.
After Sun Lavender Remedy
Combine tea tree with lavender oil for a soothing after sun skin treatment.
5 drops tea tree
11 drops lavender
3 ounces distilled water
Place the mixture in a bottle with a spray atomizer attachment and mist skin whenever cooling relief is needed. Be sure to follow the application with a moisturizer.
Lavender Dusting Powder
1/3 c white kaolin powder
1/3 c arrowroot powder
1/3 c cornstarch
4 drops each lavender, clary sage and mandarin EO
Combine ingredients in blender. Add oils and blend. Put in shaker or jar with powder puff.
Solid Lavender Perfume
4 ounces beeswax
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon Lavender essential oil
Melt beeswax into the oil using a double boiler. Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils and keep stirring for about a minute. Pour into containers and let cool completely until solid.
This is from Rituals for the Bath:
White Goddess Milk Bath
1 c cornstarch
2 c dried milk powder
1/8 tsp fragrance oil~um...don't they mean lavender EO? lol
Combine dry ingredients in food processor and blend.
Add oil and blend again.
Add 1/2 cup to bath water.