Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oregano Carpet Deodorizer

Marjoram and oregano are in the same family of labiatae. The name of oregano comes from the Greek oros ganos , joy of the mountain as its sweet, spicy scent covers the hillsides there in the summer. Legend has that sweet marjoram was created by the goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness.
In the Middle Ages it was a popular herb for nosegays and sweetbags and its leaves were rubbed on furniture and floors as a fragrant polish. While I haven't tried that, I have used the dried leaves in a carpet herb mixture to deodorize my rugs in a modern version of strewing herbs.

In a blender, grind 1/4 cup dried oregano or marjoram with 1/4 cup of rosemary and 1/4 cup of lavender until very fine. Add 2 teaspoons of ground cloves and 16 ounces of baking soda. Mix well and let set in a container with a tight fitting lid for 3-4 days to let the scents combine. To use, put some of your fragrant blend into a container with a shaker top (a used parmesan cheese jar works great). Sprinkle lightly on carpet and let set for an hour or so then vacuum. If you ha
ve very light or precious carpeting, test in a small inconspicuous are first.

1 comment:

  1. mmmmm, Marjoram. Such a good essential oil for relaxing and de-stressing.