"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. And the women in the Regency era, well, they had quite a different use...
"Marianne, now looking dreadfully white, and unable to stand, sunk into her chair, and Elinor, expecting every moment to see her faint, tried to screen her from the observation of others, while reviving her with lavender water."
~ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
To make a modern supply of lavender water, 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. If using as an ironing spray, be sure to test in an inconspicuous area for delicate fabrics before applying liberally.
"The scent of lavender came out and perfumed the room."
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, North & South
"She was seated in her mother's lap, covered with kisses, her wound bathed with lavender-water, by one of the Miss Steeles, who was on her knees to attend her, and her mouth stuffed with sugar plums by the other. With such a reward for her tears, the child was too wise to cease crying."
~ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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 directions and labels, simply visit HERE where you can download and print the PDF file for FREE. You can either print the labels 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. I also invite you to subscribe to this blog (located on the sidebar) to get updates and access to future homemaking printables.
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