Thursday, April 30, 2015

Use Lavender to Keep Your Yarn Moth-Free

 

Use Lavender to Keep Your Yarn Moth-Free


Moths are devastating when they get into a wool yarn collection. Mothballs have been a common means of killing moths in the 20th century. However, recently this odorous, chemical filled method has been giving way to safer, natural moth deterrents. Lavender is one of these safer, natural deterrents. Lavender’s naturally occurring insect repelling properties have a long history of use and are particularly effective against moths.


Lavender is an easy to use, chemical-free moth deterrent that is entirely safe to use around small children and pets. These attributes, not to mention it’s wonderful fragrance, make it an ideal method of deterring moths from your yarn collection.     

The simplest application of lavender to deter moths is to add several Organic Lavender Sachets to your yarn collection. Periodically squeeze the lavender sachets to release more lavender essential oil from the dried buds to continue to help keep moths at bay. You can also add a few drops of Organic Lavender Essential Oil to the sachets to increase their effectiveness. Doing so can also help extend the life of the sachets.

Use Lavender to keep moths out of wool

San Juan Island sees many knitting visitors who come for islander Cat Bordhi’s Island Knitting Retreats. We often hear rave reviews from knitters about the effectiveness of lavender against moths and how wonderful it is to knit with yarn scented with lavender. It's soothing, relaxing aromatherapy properties surely help calm the periodic frustration of a dropped stitch or two!

Recently, knitting twins Jan and Ellen of TwinSet Designs Podcast came to the Farm for a visit. Check out their fun interview with Pelindaba’s owner/founder Stephen Robins here (the interview starts at 28:30, but the whole podcast is certainly worth a listen).

For the knitter a visit to Friday Harbor should include our local yarn shop - Island Wools offering a wide selection of local wool courtesy of island sheep and beautifully hand spun and hand painted yarns made by local spinners. Look for their newest color which includes shades of lavender and purple called "Pelindaba Lavender"! (Located next to our Friday Harbor store)

Lavender Products to keep moths out of your wool:
Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Organic Lavender Sachets

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cleaning with Lavender

Natural Refrigerator Cleaning Tips With Lavender

 

 There's no way around it.  Cleaning is simply one of life's requirements.  While most of us probably wouldn't choose to spend our leisure time cleaning, there are ways to make even the most onerous tasks a little more enjoyable.  One of the simplest ways is to avoid smelly, chemical-filled cleaning products.  That's just what Ann, one of our long-time staff members, did when she recently took on her least favorite of household chores - cleaning the refrigerator!

natural cleaning with lavender

Here's what Ann had to say about mucking out the fridge...  "It felt really good to use all-natural cleaning products that are non-toxic around the food my family eats.  To clean up the really grimy bits I shook Lavender Household Cleanser onto the area and then moistened it with a couple spritzes of Organic Lavender Hydrosol which turned it into a highly effective abrasive cleansing scrub.  The glass shelves were finished off in the sink with Lavender Liquid Soap on a sponge and then the Organic Lavender Hydrosol for a no-streak finish.

natural cleaning with lavendernatural cleaning with lavender

"The whole process smelled wonderful! In fact, the baking soda and Organic Lavender Essential Oil in the Lavender Household Cleanser deodorized the fridge so well that I decided to leave the sleek, stainless steel shaker in the refrigerator to freshen things up instead of the standard ugly orange box of baking soda.

natural cleaning with lavender

"While I wouldn't say that I love to clean out the refrigerator now, I would say that when it is combined with natural products that provide aromatherapy it can be quite enjoyable. You should try it!"