For centuries, lavender has been heralded as one of the greats - praised by horticulturalists for its hardiness, aromatherapists for its calming fragrance, traditional and alternative medical practitioners for its healing properties, dermatologists for its benefits on the skin, beekeepers for the symbiotic relationship between happy bees and the resulting (delicious) honey, hikers for its pest-repelling abilities.. the list goes on and on. 

Here at the farm, we are asked about the many properties and uses of this incredible plant, so we'll answer the most commonly asked questions below, followed by a more comprehensive list of uses and remedies (please remember that this is not to be substituted for professional, medical advice). 

What is the history of lavender and why is it considered so special?

The name ‘Lavender’ is a derivative of the Latin word lavare, meaning "to wash", and was a bathing ritual herb in Roman times.   Because of its unique scent, it was (and continues to be) used primarily for perfume, bathing, cooking, and freshening the air. However, lavender packs a one-two punch due to its additional holistic properties.  It is also known for its calming, restorative, and healing benefits - something that few other herbs can rival.

As an herbal medicine, lavender is used for stress relief and aids in the treatment of hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, and  insomnia.  Aromatherapists frequently use lavender as a promising tonic in inhalation therapy to help with nervous disorders and exhaustion.  It is also purported to help alleviate migraines and motion sickness.  Those who take daily baths with lavender oil (L. Angustifolia) may experience improved mood, reduced aggression, and a more positive outlook.

Externally applied, the oils treat a wide variety of bacterial and fungal infections, as well as relieve discomfort relating to skin irritations, acne, and eczema.  It can even be used on burns (True English) after the affected area has been immersed in cold running water for at least 10 minutes.  Massage therapists use lavender balm to treat strained muscles and rheumatic ailments.

What are some of the medicinal uses of lavender?

Lavender is frequently alluded to as the “Swiss Army Knife” of natural remedies for a large variety of ailments. It is primarily used in connection with anxiety, depression, insomnia and mood disturbances. Recent studies show lavender’s effectiveness in producing calming, soothing effects in those who use it.

But that's not all!  Here are some other uses/treatments (PLEASE NOTE - this is provided anecdotally and should not be treated as medical advice):

Will lavender help me sleep better?

Evidence suggests this to be true. The scent of lavender has a positive and calming effect on the central nervous system, which can help most people (including children) sleep better. Be sure you are using products made with pure essential oils and not synthetic chemicals. Our organic EO is steam-distilled right here on the farm and may ease restlessness, insomnia and agitation. 

Suggestions for use:

How can lavender be used in cooking?

We have some great recipes on our Cooking with Lavender page - take a look!   For starters, be certain you are using a true culinary variety of lavender, as it gives off a sweet, delicate flavor and scent. You can use whole lavender buds, or crush/grate them lightly to add as a rub to enhance the flavor of meats (especially white meats and fish) or sprinkle on veggies and use in desserts. 

We are pleased that a local cupcake company began using our Royal Velvet buds to create delicious cupcakes - combining lemon and lavender and several other flavors. A Seattle Baker also creates a lavender cookie mix that ships nationwide. Most recently, a local casino featured our product in their Panna Cotta dessert, receiving rave reviews! 

How is lavender essential oil distilled?

Lavender essential oil is extracted from the fresh flower heads and stems. Our direct-steam distiller has four basic components: a heating source, a still vessel (ours is a 15 gallon stainless keg), a condenser, and a separator. Once heated to 212 degrees, the steam rises up through the lavender material, which is suspended above the water in 2 4″x2′ copper cylinders. The copper holds the Lavender and keeps it out of the boiling water.

As the steam moves through the organic matter, the oil glands on the flowers are ruptured, and the oil is quickly vaporized and moves upward with the steam. The steam then escapes, taking the oil with it. As it reaches the top of the still pot, it diverts into a condenser. The condenser removes enough heat to allow the water vapor to condense and re-liquefy. Our condenser is a series of long copper tubes that are bathed in cool water, which removes heat.

Since lavender oil is lighter than water, it floats to the top in the separator. The oil layer on the surface of the water is then skimmed off, while the water is removed from a lower outlet and saved.   This hydrosol (or “Linen Water”) is then used to make various products.

We then filter and store the oil in in glass carboys that are filled to capacity, and keep them in a cool, dark place . Next, we use air-sealed caps that will keep the oil from oxidizing.

Some ageing of the oil in storage may be beneficial for a few months, however, essential oils stored for long periods of time will eventually deteriorate in quality.

And there you have it!

Photography Questions

Beautiful field of purple, a white gazebo, a red barn, a Fairy Garden, rustic implements, whimsical backdrops, flowers spilling out of pots, the entire property dotted with color, and the sunsets.. *gasp*  ..a photographer's dream!  For personal enjoyment, we invite you to bring your camera to capture your visit.

HOWEVER, to preserve the natural beauty and experience for our other visitors, we do not allow professional photography or gear (lighting, reflectors, diffusers, off-camera flash, etc) to be used during operating hours, without prior permission from the owners.

*Private sessions are available by appointment only

*We are closed for the 2023 season.  Dates and times available in 2024 TBD.  

*Rates: $50 per hour.  One hour minimum.

*Note: "Mini" sessions are not available.

Please email us at or call us at 360-754-2002 to check availability.


Weddings and Events

At this time, we are not hosting private events. However, we are happy to provide lavender for your special occasion