Here, then, is a list of some traditional herb correspondences; choose one or more according to your desire. You can add a handful to your washing-water next time you mop the floor:
Apples: Food of the Goddess, love. Add a few pieces of fresh or dried apple to your water (but not too much or you’ll end up with sticky surfaces!)
Basil: Love, fidelity, wealth, protection. A nice all-purpose herb with a luscious summery scent.
Chamomile: Serenity and calm; purification. Smells like a blend of apples and new-mown hay. While you’re at it, make yourself a cup of tea to drink after you’ve finished cleaning; it’s very relaxing.
Clove: Purification; promotes love and spirituality. Try it with cinnamon--delicious!
Eucalyptus: Health, protection. Warm and fresh, actually kills germs.
Evergreen: Health, purification, vitality. A few sprigs of pine, cedar, or juniper growing nearby, a few sprigs placed in boiling water will add green freshness to your housecleaning brew.
Lavender: Love, friendship, peace, happiness, protection. Such a sweet, relaxing, and calm-inducing scent--and it’s also an antidepressant.
Lemon peel: Purification. It’s no accident that so many cleaning products are lemon-scented; lemon smells fresh and uplifting and cleanses negativity.
Marjoram: Love, protection, antidepressant. You can sprinkle a little of this dried herb in the corners of every room to promote love and safety.
Peppermint: Purification, healing, soothing. A wonderfully relaxing and refreshing scent.
Rosemary: Cleansing and protection; clears negativity; encourages clear thinking.
Sage: Purification, wisdom. It’s no coincidence that the word for ”wise one” is the same as the herb’s name. A traditional ingredient of many Native American smudge bundles, a strong sage tea will help clear your home of negativity.
Sea salt: Traditional for purification and protection. If you’ve been feeling vulnerable or weird and you only have time to add one ingredient to your wash-water, this could be it.
Vanilla: love, happiness. A piece of the bean or a few drops of extract will make your home smell and feel delicious.