I’m reminded of straight-laced but beautiful spinsters when I think of lemon Verbena. Shirtwaists tucked into prim, long skirts. Ankle-high, laced-up black boots. Curls tamed and pulled into a proper coiffure. Perhaps it’s because Laura Ingles’ teacher from Little House on the Prairie, Miss Beadle, “smelled of lemon verbena.” Imagine walking into a room filled with the simple scents wore by the women of that time: lavender and rose waters, vanilla, and the timeless lemon verbena. Another simple elegance we’re missing today, where even a woman’s perfume can be complicated and overwhelming.
“If you’re interested in making your own batch of lemon verbena perfume, all you need to start is 100-proof vodka. The vodka, as a carrier for your perfume, is almost completely odorless and evaporates quickly when used on the skin, leaving behind just the fragrance. Combine about 24 drops of lemon verbena essential oil with two teaspoons of distilled water and two teaspoons of vodka. Pour all ingredients into a dark glass bottle and let them steep for at least 48 hours. Shake the bottle occasionally to mix the scent.” – courtesy of Cactus Rose of the Wild Rose Press (http://twrpcactusrose.blogspot.com/)