Last year I started a series here at the vegan bee called Herb Thursday. My original intention was to focus on one herb for several weeks and write about different uses, background information, etc. Well, life happened and my project got put to the side. But I really like the idea of writing about herbal remedies and natural household products – I just haven’t been able to figure out the best way to schedule and plan everything out.
Well, I recently started a few different herbal projects and I decided to put together smaller posts detailing what I am working on . Rather than make it a project with a lot of research and writing, I figured I would keep it simple. I’ll be sharing the different herbal recipes and ideas I am working on.
As a homeschooling family, I firmly believe that one of the best ways to encourage a love of learning in my children is to model this. I’ve put off a lot of personal reading and personal projects in the past few years due to busyness, but recently decided that I needed to make the effort to spend some time working on my own interests. My kids need to see me do this. So I am putting a lot more effort into a natural products self-study. Look for weekly updates, posted under Herb Thursday, on the things I am currently working on.
We have four dogs and so it’s a constant battle to keep the house smelling fresh. I would love to be able to open up the windows a lot more, but our Texas summers almost require A/C be running at all times. I want to find a scent that I love, and that I can use to freshen the air as well as the bedding and furniture. I have tried commercial sprays and even the natural ones tend to be quite strong. And don’t get me started on Febreeze. That stuff is horrible – it makes everything smell like dryer sheets and it is so overwhelming. I can’t imagine the fumes from Febreeze are healthy for anyone.
Making a room spray with essential oils is quite simple and allows for a lot of personal experimentation. While I have been reading a lot about aromatherapy and different essential oil blends, I decided to keep it simple for this room spray.
1 1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 cup white vinegar
12-15 drops essential oil (I used Lavender)
Mix and store in a spray bottle. Gently shake before each use.
I spray this in the air and on carpet and furniture – not to soaking, just a few spritzes until slightly damp. Vinegar does an awesome job of deodorizing the room as well as carpet and furniture as it dries (and doesn’t leave a vinegar smell behind!). The essential oil scent stays behind. You might want to check colorfastness of furniture or carpet before spraying, but I didn’t experience any staining or color fading from the vinegar.