"She has nevertheless desired me to ask you to purchase for her two bottles of Steele's Lavender Water when you are in Town, provided you should go to the shop on your own account."
~ Letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, January 14, 1801
Tis true, another ode to the Regency and Victorian Era! This lavender water attempts to create a nostalgic and peaceful feeling in a homemaking day. Only one minute of your time can transport you back hundreds of years...
...when you would make linen spray to freshen up sheets and spritz on lacy pillowcases for a good night's sleep. It can also be used as a basic room spray to cleanse the air. My favorite use is as an ironing spray since it adds a romantic element to my least favorite chore (just be sure to test in an inconspicuous area for delicate fabrics first).
To make, simply combine the following ingredients in a clean glass jar or bottle (and in the order they appear):
- 2 tbsp. vodka (you might also get away with using rubbing alcohol or witch-hazel)
- 30 drops of lavender essential oil
- 4 cups water (distilled is best but I use tap)
Let the mixture sit for 24 hours before using and give a gentle shake prior to each use. For best results, store lavender water in a glass container as it doesn't leach from the oils like plastic does. Decant into smaller spray bottles as you need them.
"The scent of lavender came out and perfumed the room."
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, North & South
We are sharing our printable recipe and matching spray bottle labels (below). You may like to include this in your herbal for future reference. If you place a pretty ribbon or cork on a recycled bottle and affix a lovely label, it also makes for a beautiful and inexpensive decoration. Think how attractive it would look displayed in your bathroom or on a vanity tray in your bedroom. I think it would make for a nice gift too! Happy homemaking ladies!
To access our printable directions and labels, simply click the menu link above which takes you to the document hosting service. Then, download and print the PDF file for FREE. You can either print the labels and directions out on plain paper, cut to size and affix to your containers with glue (or decoupage) or print them out on sticker paper and cut to size. If you have any problem accessing them, email me and I will send you the PDF file. I also invite you to subscribe to this blog (located on the sidebar) to get updates and access to future homemaking printables.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A letter from the editress...
We are spending the summer with far away family right now so I will not be commenting or visiting much in these next few months. These posts were pre-scheduled. However, I would still love to hear from you in the comment section! Thank you for understanding and have a lovely summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the south!
Love, JES :)
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