Lavender Bags 29


There’s a huge lavender bush in my grandparents garden, it must be decades old now. Lavender has a gorgeous scent which is known for calming the mind. I remember making special bags of lavender with my Nanny, I would decorate the material and put the dried lavender flowers inside and she would sew them up with a sewing machine. I suffered with insomnia as a child and smelling dried flowers in a lavender bag helped me fall asleep. When I went back to England in December, my grandparents gave me a lavender bag for Christmas. The scent of the bag immediately brought back the precious childhood memory of making lavender bags.

lavender flowers garden

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A similar thing happened to my Iranian friend when I travelled to London to visit her and we went shopping in Covent garden. We came across this small shop which sold things like angel statues, crystals and incense sticks. My dear friend started to smell the essential oils on sale and she was flooded with emotions as she held jasmine oil (US, UK, India) under her nose. Her grandmother had a huge tree of jasmine in her garden in Iran and she felt as if she was back there again. She bought that small bottle of essential oil and continued to smell it every now and then for the rest of the day. I know how difficult it is living away from your country.

I have my lavender bag here in India with me, I smell it when I am feeling homesick, sad or sleepless. I smelt it when I started to cry after realising how much precious time I am missing with my family and friends by living in India, when I realised my Nanny is actually 87 when I thought she was 82. Sometimes you forget that time is passing you by, silently. Living in India has really helped me appreciate so many things I used to take for granted, and for that I am so grateful.

…Smell flowers, make memories and appreciate every day.

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About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.


29 thoughts on “Lavender Bags

  • ango

    Time really slips faster than sand in our hand.. When I was a kid, passage of a year felt like, well, a year. Now I blink a couple of times and I grow a year older.. Mum would sing us to bed and she even had a couple of songs to wake us up..???? I miss being a kid

  • anenglishwomaninmumbai

    Have you ever seen lavender growing anywhere in India? Do you think it would in such a hot climate if you nurtured it in a pot? My ex’s mother asked me to bring her some seeds from UK but they don’t allow you to take on the plane I don’t think. It’s such a lovely scent – the one you need for sleep aid is Lavandula Angustifolia (there are so many varieties but that is the one with the best therapeutic properties).

  • garga sarkar

    I have been following your blog for over a year now and for the first time after reading this post of yours i am actually getting a feeling that you are not actually happy in india.
    I am nobody to advise you any thing.but please carefully introspect whether you want to live in india parmanently or not.
    I am a proud indian and i am proud of my heritage. I have always been your loyal supporter lauren didi but after reading this post i am getting a feeling that you are actually repenting for your decision to move to india permanently.
    I have always liked your posts as it is full of optimism and hope but this post made me sad.
    As your brother i would like to say you that please dont force anything upon yourself.
    Please dont take any offence.

    • ThePurpleImp

      I think she is more homesick than repentant 🙂 But yes, I think she must have missed her home terribly to have written such a sad post. I can understand how it feels since I am staying away from home too. At least I am in the same country!

    • Antonina

      The moments of sadness are inevitable when you live far away from your loved ones, no matter whether it’s India or any other place. We do take many things for granted and begin to appreciate them when they are possible no longer. In my 7 years of staying in India I’ve lost my father and both grandparents. Naturally, not being with my family in those hard times makes me sad.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      I am happy but I think if you were to move away from your home to somewhere that you did want to move to, you may miss it from time to time without having regrets 🙂

  • techylikes

    I love them actually…I use lavender essential oil for the sleep….
    by the way this post left me a feeling that you are missing your home country a lot 🙂 take care…Being an Indian myself I find it so hard after marriage to follow all the orthodox practices..I have learnt so much..Just be yourself and do it only if you like it…
    else politely deny….you can find true happiness only if you are yourself and not what the world makes you to be…

  • Mani (A New Life Wandering)

    For me, the smell that sends me to the comforts of my childhood home is fresh laundry smell! My mom used tons of fabric softener because she knew I liked it. Nowhere I have lived have I achieved laundry like she does. So every time I go home, I have her do my laundry and my clothes smell like home for a while even after traveling by air! 🙂

  • Padapradscha

    My parents are in their 70’s and it is one reason I don’t want to move to India… meanwile my MIL is in her eighties so it makes me feel bad not to live in India… That is one big difficulty of intercultural unions, isn’t it ? You are always torn between two worlds. Take care xxx

  • Ranjana

    Hi Lauren, I have been following your blog for sometime and I feel that you want to stay in India because you think it is right thing to do but in your heart you know this is not something you want to do and you seem to be forever caught in that conflict. Nobody will want to forever spend their lives in a small city in central India when there is so much to see and do in this world. I would strongly suggest that you should encourage your husband to look for opportunities in bigger cities in India like Bangalore or try in a different region, like us or Singapore/Hongkong.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Not at all 🙂
      I actually want this experience and I don’t feel any conflict but when you move away, you of course feel homesick from time to time.
      I would rather live in Nagpur right now because at least this way we have some family around 🙂
      Plus, Nagpur isn’t so bad 🙂
      I hope you are well 🙂 xx

  • Roshni

    Certain smells definitely have a very powerful way of invoking memories! I hope you get a chance of visiting England and your grandmother often. It must be difficult to be so far away!

  • Abigail Fitzgerald

    Just sending love your way, lady. Good post! Love the new website look- FANTASTIC!!!!!!

  • Shanta

    Lavender is my absolute favourite scent! It is so soothing and refreshing at the same time. There is a beautiful lavender farm about an hour’s drive from where we live. It is absolutely breathtaking to go there when the lavender is in bloom. I also love the scent of jasmine and gardenia flowers <3

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