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I have a vial of lavender oil; what can I do with it?

I have a vial of lavender oil; what can I do with it?

Oct 12th, 2004, 06:26 AM
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Suzie,
Where in the world did those Nicolasl posts come from ? !

When we moved to Florida last Jan, I was all excited about being able to plant and grow huge bushes of lavender...thinking that we had as much sun and heat as Provence.
I did not think about the humidity,rain and hurricane part of it.
So add me to the list of those who would love to grow it but maybe will have to wait until they LIVE in Provence
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Oct 12th, 2004, 06:37 AM
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Oh Scarlett! You've nailed it.
Of course, I wouldn't LIVE all the time in Provence. I'd buy a nice little Mas that needs rehabing then try to write a book about it...which of course, no one has done yet.
And from there travel to Molvania for a culture fix.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 06:48 AM
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SuzieC: buying a Mas is exactly what Kevin Widrow and his wife did (he posted a few posts above yours). Now it's a B&B in Apt--we stopped in to say hello to him when we were in Provence. He has grapes growing in his backyard. Now next to the lavender fields, grapes fields are something to make me sigh...all that lovely French wine....
 
Oct 12th, 2004, 06:50 AM
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Well that solves my lavendar mystery! I have it planted in various places around my yard and all but one plant are thriving--it's next too the rain downspout! Such helpful information. Poor baby drown!
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Oct 12th, 2004, 06:54 AM
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I but bottles of lavender oil at the markets, dln because the price is less expensive than the ones sold in shops. this year I bought two. Be sure it says essence for it to be the oil. All the above uses and..I put a drop in the ironing water, in my murphy's oil and in the furniture polish. It supposedly helps wood insects if you smear it on furniture(straight), a drop in hair rinse. To make your own lavender water;
2 cups of distilled water,
2 ounces of vodka
8 drops of the oil
a wonderful bath additive and kept in the refrigerator makes great refreshener to dab on your face on a hot summer's day.
Now if only I had a field of lavender, I could dry my shets over them as my friend's neighbor does.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 07:15 AM
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Oh my, cigale, what heaven to sleep on sheets dried over a lavender bush!

SuzieC, that is perfect! Spend the summers in Provence, with short trips to Molvania then back to warm sunny Fl for the winters.
I have given the Yankee the Molvania thread to read, he has some ideas of his own LOL
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Oct 12th, 2004, 07:41 AM
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DLN (and others) -

If it makes you feel any better about lack of success growing lavender, I planted a whole field of it in March and lost roughly 3/4 due to the fact that we had basically not a drop of rain from April through mid-August. So even here in Provence it is never obvious. Will retry next year and are going to plant a field of Yssope as well, just to be a bit different...

-Kevin
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Oct 12th, 2004, 07:45 AM
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Sorry for the typos, but I also want to mention two books. you may find used copies on Amazon.
Barabara Milo Ohrbach's, "The Scented Room."
And translated from the French laura Fonty with beautiful photographs by Yves Duronsoy, "A Well-Kept Home."
I gave a copy to a friend as a house-warming gift.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 07:47 AM
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Cigale? Popov work or should I use Grey Goose?
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Oct 12th, 2004, 08:06 AM
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SuzieC, definately grey goose!
Also for dln, put a few drops in your vacumn cleaner bag.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 08:38 AM
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the vacuum, another excellent idea, thanks, Mimi!
Kevin,
I will continue to be envious of you and thanks for making me feel like not such a dunce when it comes to growing lavender
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Oct 12th, 2004, 08:47 AM
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I really like the ideas of using lavender oil as part of housecleaning--like putting it in the vacuum cleaner or washing up water--it might inspire me to keep a tidier house! I could do my drudge work with the fragrance of lavender wafting all around me, and pretend that I am really in the South of France. Do you think it might work?
 
Oct 12th, 2004, 09:02 AM
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If you drink enough Grey Goose before vacuuming with the lavender-scented bag, it might work!
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Oct 12th, 2004, 09:10 AM
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mmmm...a Grey Goose martini ... wonder if I can get my guys to use Nicoise olives rather than the spanish ones? THEN maybe, just maybe, I'd feel like vacuuming...least favorite job of them all!
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Oct 12th, 2004, 01:31 PM
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I have planted large patches of lavender as well as mint to grow alongside the grass paths in my garden. Everytime I mow the lawn, I run over the lavender and mint bits overflowing onto the grass and the scent is unbelieveable. It lasts for quite a long time too, especially on warm sunny days. The less you tend to Lavender, the better it seems to grow. I have several varieties but the best 2 are Old English and one simply called 'Provence'.
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