Making lavender water yourself is an inexpensive and easy way to fill your home with the fresh clean fragrant smell of lavender. Lavender water is nothing new; people have been using it for more than 2500 years. The Pilgrims brought lavender with them; when they arrived in North America in the 1600s.
Lavender was the Greeks and Romans’ favorite bathwater additive. The name lavender itself comes from the Latin word lavare, “to wash.” It’s been used as a natural disinfectant, a household cleaner. Not to mention the wonderful scent is gives linens that are ironed with lavender water rather than regular water. Just pour it directly into the iron. It also has a calming effect. Spraying lavender on bed pillows will help bring sleep. It refreshes your skin and makes your hair shine.
Making lavender water is a simple procedure. You only need three ingredients: water or vodka, lavender flowers or lavender oil, and a glass jar or container. Once made you may want to store the lavender water in a spray bottle.
Place the lavender in the bag or tie them in cheesecloth and set them in the container. Pour the boiling water over the flowers in the container. Cover and let cool. Remove the bag of flowers, squeeze out all water and then strain, using clean cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Pour the clean pure lavender water into the spray bottle. Keep in a cool, dark place.
Fill the Mason jar or any glass jar, size doesn’t matter, with the lavender. Take the vodka and you don’t have to use expensive vodka, cover the lavender completely with the vodka. Be sure the lid is on tightly. Here comes the sun part. Put the jar in a sunny place, move the location as the sun moves for eighteen days. Shake the container twice a day, morning and night. After the eighteenth day, strain the flowers out of the vodka. Seal the pure liquid in a clean jar. You are now ready to enjoy your fragrant lavender water.