What's in your dream pillow or closet sachet? Probably mugwort, lavender or even some milkweed flowers? Have you ever considered using hairy vetch, vicia villosa? Oh, you really should! She told me herself!
You see, it was last summer, and I was on my bike going to the grocery store. The grocery store was part of a mini mall, and right behind the mall growing in concrete raised beds were a multitude of plants. Dandelion of course, but also coltsfoot, catnip, red clover, goldenrod and vetch. That's right, they are called plants, and they don't much take to being called weeds, so you better get your politically correct hat on.
I had been going behind the mall to get my groceries as well: the bigger, meaner and greener those dandelion leaves, all the better reason to add an extra apple or two in my smoothie to compensate for the bitter goodness! No really, dandelion told me that big leaves are at their peak for the pickin'; it's those small spring slightly bitter leaves that only neophytes can tolerate!
And there was vetch, so tasty and colorful to add to salads, just a bit, mind you, but so tasty and slightly sweet, being part of the legume family. That color: so inspirational purple for that third eye chakra... Now how many purple-colored foods do you eat in a week?
The season was drawing to a close and vetch told me to gather all her flowers and dry them. I wasn't sure why at first, but I did. I dried them and as I was taking the flowers off the stem, vetch whispered to me to use her flowers in sachets.
That Christmas, vetch reminded me of the project to fill sachets with her flowers and give as gifts. I did some with lavender, some just vetch, some vetch and lavender, and even some with milkweed flowers. My favorite was just vetch and vetch mixed with lavender.
The scent of vetch flowers is so delicate, lavender seems almost overwhelming! I gave a few to my neighbor who gardens, and she found the vetch pleasingly delightful and delicate in scent, as I had. She thought it might even be faintly reminiscent of vanilla...hm, I never associated peas with vanilla!
Vetch flower sachets, something new to consider trying!
Vetch also fixes nitrogen in the soil, so she makes a good plant to have in the garden. Plus you can eat a few of her flowers: check out my simple Vetch Flax Cracker recipe here (dehydrator needed).