Saturday, February 7, 2009


Lavender is a great antibacterial. There are many uses for it. Here are a few to try.

Use lavender (or any other essential oil you might like) as an air freshener. Just take a small spray bottle, fill it almost full of water (avoid tap water if possible, especially if your water is chlorinated or contains fluride), add about 10 drops of lavender. That's it! Save money & keep the nasty chemicals out of your home.

Ever use those pre-packaged wipes or baby wipes for travel? Here is what you need to make your own.

Container that seals
Either cut up material (old t-shirts work great) or use paper towels cut in half
Pure water (enough only to moisten the wipes)
Lavender essential oil

Pour water into container, add the lavender (about 2 drops per the number of cloths you are using). Mix well.
Put your wipe material in the bottom of the container to absorb the liquid.
Now you have a great antibacterial wipe to use anytime. Put them in a small container & put them in your glove compartment. Take them on the plane with you. Personally, I'd rather use them than wash my hands with the airplane water :-).

Another item made with lavender that you can use when you will be in crowds or on a plane.

Take Q-tips with a few drops of lavender on them & swab your nasal cavity with it before you go out or fly.
There are so many uses for lavender & other essential oils. Replace the expensive products you use now & save money & the planet at the same time.


Wheeler's Rabbit Hill Farm said...

Hey Barb and Steve, Your blog is great! I noticed you listed as the first to follow my own and I wanted to say thanks for taking the time to read. Love your remodeling pictures. Reminds me very much of some projects Brian and I have done as well. Also thanks for the great ideas about lavender. Take care and happy homesteading. Melissa Wheeler WheelersRabbitHillFarm

Blondie's Journal said...


I didn't know this about lavender! I knew it was something that made you relax if you sprayed it on your pillows or used lavender filled sachets...

I also read about a similar spray as yours but they used something as as an emulsifier to keep the oil & water from seperating-ever hear about that???

Love your tips & yes-we travel a lot & I will use your idea!!

Happy rest of the weekend!! :-)

Barb and Steve said...

Hi Mellisa,
Thank you so much! I look forward to your postings.
Happy Homesteading to you too!

Barb and Steve said...

H Jane,
I'm glad you can use the lavender recipes. I'm going to look into emulsifiers. Thanks!