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September Lavender Lemonade

Summer isn’t over yet! The lavender should have bloomed a few times already. Here in New Jersey, we clip each bloom; once in June, another in July, August and finally the September harvest of sweet smelling lavender.
Here is a beautifully fragrant Lavender Lemonade that is probably the best breath fresher you’ve ever placed onto your lips.

You can make it all year round. If you didn’t plant any lavender this year, get some plants at the fall sale! They come up every year, bigger and more beautiful. For the recipe and more information about lavender, click the gallery above and Happy September from Earth Love!

Fresh Peppermint for Green Living – Recipe for Natural Carpet Freshener

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Growing fresh peppermint is one of the easiest things to do if you are new to gardening.  All you have to do is throw some seeds down and ” poof!” You will be inundated with peppermint for years to come.  It’s even easier if you go to the garden center and buy a few plants, dig a small hole, and give the plants a new, happy home.  Peppermint is one of the most hardy perennial plants out there.  When something is perennial, it comes back year after year, bigger and more beautiful. So, wherever you plant your peppermint, be sure there is a lot of space or put it into a pot. I love my peppermint and usually cannot resist grabbing a little leaf to chew on when I walk by.

Fresh peppermint tastes wonderful.  Just take a leaf and either chew it or suck on it a little while to freshen your breath.  Before our chewing gum became a chemical bath of fake sugar and saccharin soup, fresh peppermint was the natural inspiration for fresh breath.  But there’s so much more peppermint can do for you.  Click her for some more information on the health benefits of peppermint. Now: onto the recipe!

Baking soda is one of those wonder products if you are a participant in Green Cleaning.  It’s alkaline, and that’s why it reduces odor ( which is usually more acidic in nature).  This recipe was discovered here at Earth Love by experimentation( like everything else). You simply pick the peppermint, dry it over one or two nights and swirl it up in your food processor with baking soda.  Sprinkle on your carpet, leave for a little while, and  then vacuum up! No headache!  No toxins for the babies, the kitties and the puppies. No new plastic containers.  No chemicals seeping into your bare feet.  No chemicals eventually running down the drain, then into the waterways, up to the clouds and  back down upon us.  You just helped the planet by doing something fresh, easy, and WONDERFUL! I know you are going to enjoy this – and also know that you can extend this recipe to your other fresh and favorite scents.  Be creative!  I’ve done this with pine needles, basil, dried sage, dried lavender, and even dried rose petals.  Once you realize how much nature has to offer, once you appreciate and connect, you sort of go wild.  Have fun with this.  We do!