Don’t you just love the scent of lavender? I wish I could add fragrance to this post for you today!
This basketful came from our younger son’s garden yesterday. I just couldn’t resist photographing it for you. Indeed, along with the fragrance of newly cut grass, the scent of lavender takes me right back to childhood when, on our walk from our newsagent’s shop in St Marychurch, Torquay, to Oddicombe Beach, my mother and I would pass a mound of lavender growing in someone’s garden, the spires of the flowers just within arm’s reach, and, somewhat naughtily, we would each nip off a sprig or two and crush the flowers in our fingers and inhale the strong lavender perfume.
Furthermore, although it was often considered – along with a box of lace-edged hankies or bath cubes (I suppose bath ‘bombs’ have now replaced those!) – appropriate gift for an elderly lady to be given a bottle of Yardley’s Lavender Water or a box of Yardley’s Lavender toilet soap, I loved the sent of lavender water and lavender soap.
I still love Yardley’s lavender soap and writing this has reminded me to buy some if only to find out whether it smells as lovely as it used to. I recently purchased some lavender liquid soap for the kitchen … lavender has a natural antiseptic quality, so ideal for washing hands before preparing food …
and here is also a bottle of lavender linen water which I use when ironing the bed linen.
I also sometimes use lavender slumber spray rather than my rose pillow mist …
And I have used soothing muscle rub occasionally, but I confess it’s the fragrance which is pleasant ; whether it actually does the muscles any good remains to be seen (or felt!)
However, if all these products are used together, their combined fragrances might sooth us to sleep at those times when sleep eludes us.
One gift I had as a child was a lavender-scented hot water bottle! My dear late Uncle (whom I’ve mentioned on several occasions in my blog) bought this for me as a Christmas present when I was about 8 or 9 years old, and of course, we all had h.w.b.s in the days before central heating. Indeed, we still use hot water bottles even with central heating and with an electric blanket. The h.w.b. was lavender-coloured rubber, and when hot water was poured into it, the warmth released the lavender scent with which the rubber had been impregnated. I wonder why they don’t make something as lovely today?
In 1991 (and for several years before and after) I was in the habit of sending in a postcard to enter book giveaway competitions and I was very lucky and won several books in this way. One of them was …
And as the title says, the book was scented with lavender (which, sadly, in the intervening years, has disappeared.) I can even remember the day that it arrived because I didn’t open the parcel but put it on the back seat of the car as Postie arrived as I was just going out – I was taking my mother on a visit to A la Ronde, the lovely 16-sided house now I the care of the National Trust near Exmouth, Devon. I can remember opening the parcel when I had parked the car and both of us admiring it and sniffing it!
Inside this lovely book there is a lot of lavender information: lavender history; cooking with lavender; choosing the right lavender plants for your garden; decorative lavender; lavender waters to use with linens; essential oils, etc. It is so pretty, just looking at the illustrations is uplifting. It was produced in connection with Norfolk Lavender Ltd, which was founded in 1932 which had (at that time of publication of this book) 100 acres (40 hectares) of lavender under cultivation.
My latest ‘lavender’ product is simply a packet of handbag tissues showing lavender plants.
So pretty, how could I resist them?
I think the lavender from our son will be simply made into lavender pot pourri, the flowers just stripped from the spires and put into a bowl and given a scrunch with my fingers every so often to release the strong lavender perfume.
Now for a cup of tea and a little zzz – perhaps using my lavender slumber spray.
Until next time.