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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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