Green Cleaning with Lavender Essential Oil

Winding rows of lavender growing in a field. Lavender – beautiful and strong.

Lavender is not only an attractive flowering plant, it also has wonderfully scented purple flowers that are used for a wide variety of purposes – including as a mighty disinfectant cleaning agent.

Lavender is a Disinfectant

Essential oil extracts from lavender buds have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This means that lavender oil reduces swelling related to injury or infection and most importantly for cleaning purposes, lavender oil prevents the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.

Lavender scent promotes Calmness

Lavender is widely used in aromatherapy to produce a soothing calmness. Many studies have proven that it is effective as a powerful anxiety reliever. Our minds and bodies are inextricably connected. So, if stress leads to dis-ease, then purposefully creating an atmosphere with less anxiety and more peaceful serenity is a very important pursuit for promoting good health.

Lavender is Edible

It looks so good and smells so nice, you might want to eat it…. and that’s okay! As opposed to the standard cleansers on the shelves in the supermarket, lavender is a edible. On top of its’ medicinal uses, lavender is also grown as a condiment for salads, dressings, and used in baked desserts paired with chocolate. It also lends a lovely floral fragrance to blended teas.

Lavender Smells Great

Dried lavender flowers can be used in flower arrangements, stored in pouches to repel moths in linen closets, and has become popular for wedding confetti. These sweet smelling lavender oils are extensively used as fragrances in perfumes, bathing products, cosmetics, balms and salves.

The root word of lavender means “to wash” in many languages

With all of this going for it, it’s no wonder that lavender has been used in perfumes and medicine since ancient times.

It’s late Latin name was lavandarius, from lavanda (things to be washed), from the verb lavare (to wash) French (lavage), Spanish (lavar), and Portugese (lavagem) also agree that lavender is inherently related to washing. So, it makes sense that it’s a crucial natural component of our Squeaky Green all-purpose cleanser.

Lavender is a Great Ingredient in Cleansers

Since lavender oil is antibacterial, it’s a great cleaner and germ fighter on it’s own, plus it’s pleasant floral scent is a great addition to the combination of naturally powerful and pungent disinfecting ingredients we use to combat any dirt or grime that enters the home.

Check out our Green Cleaning page for more links about Lavender Oil and other natural cleaning ingredients to keep your home sparklingly clean, while maintaining a healthier environment for everyone.