My mom casually sent me a Wikipedia link today. My mom is university educated and well-read, reads the newspaper online, and checks her email several times a day, and yet, for some reason, I didn’t think she’d be all Wikipedia-savvy. Way to go, Mom: your Google-Fu is strong.
Pretty random Wiki link, too- Vetiver, a type of fragrant grass which is used in perfume and also in the Caribbean as a sort of potpourri-slash-moth-repellent decoration.
This bit of trivia interested me:
Mats made by weaving vetiver roots and binding them with ropes/cords are used in India to cool rooms in a house during summer. The mats are typically hung in the doorway and kept moist by spraying with water periodically. It acts like an air-cooler when wind from a fan or outside hits it. It also adds a pleasant aroma in the house which is commonly described as “cool” and “refreshing”.
Sounds like a good trick that would work here, too- wet the curtains or the screen in the front door to cool the breeze to cool the house. Huh.