Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Lavender, Rosemary and Pine ~ Oh My!
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I absolutely LOVE the smells of lavender, rosemary and pine - among others. Even in the heart of winter, when the trees have lost their leaves, they can be found in abundance here in California. I know that I'm lucky to live in a place that offers these gifts year-round and I figured that I should start taking advantage of their wonderful uses rather than letting them wilt on their stems.
Age old tradition, and my fabulous sister, state that lavender should always be planted on the new moon and cut on the full moon but my patience doesn't always allow for me to wait for the full moon so my concession is cutting it at night. I am beginning to learn that some fragrant plants and some fruits and vegetables are best cut at different times of day. Unfortunately for me, many of the edibles in our garden call for morning harvesting so I am reveling in this tradition of harvesting lavender at night! There is something so magical about a garden at night ~ ever since I was a child I have envisioned the Secret Garden by moonlight.
If you have a garden, and it's not too cold where you live, go out one evening and play!
I have two plans for the lavender, pine and rosemary (beautiful handmade fabric sachets and organic bath salts!) but, for now, all three are drying in bunches in the garage. Stay tuned for the end products and tutorials soon :)
I was also thinking of doing some sachets and organic bath salts with dried citrus peels which are also in season here...something about the luxurious scents of lemon, orange and lime just say "clean" to me. Which scents speak to you?