Doing things Backwards

Doing things Backwards

Backwards Day is on January 31. Time to celebrate the potential in doing things in reverse (with lavender, of course). When I was in Aix-en-Provence studying during my junior year in college I took many classes in French history,language, art history, and more. I wanted to be out roaming the streets and countryside (back then [read more…]

Hugging

Hugging

Did you know that hugging has health benefits? Having warm human contact improves both psychological and physical development in babies. Hugging makes people just feel happier and loved. It can help build a robust immune system, decrease heart disease and stress responses. So we have some great ways to get hugs into your life. Get Clean [read more…]

Dragon Appreciation Day

Dragon Appreciation Day

January 16. When you think of a dragon, what comes to your mind? A fire-breathing flying amphibian-like creature? Something that inspires fear? Or do you think of wisdom, benevolence and a gentle nature? In our western culture, it would surprise me if you think of a dragon as other than scary.  Dragons have wings which [read more…]

Lavender Bubbles on January 8

Lavender Bubbles on January 8

What goes better with lavender on a cold wintry day? Bathing! And while you are considering bathing, think about Bubble Baths. What better way to unwind and relax than by putting your phone on mute, lighting a candle, playing your favorite relaxing music, getting a great book (or not), dimming the lights, filling the tub [read more…]

Lavender helps with Stress, Fatigue, and Post-Party Effects

Lavender helps with Stress, Fatigue, and Post-Party Effects

Did you know? Lavender helps with Stress, Fatigue, and Post-Party Effects. by Sarah Richards Well, nothing cures a hangover, but…. we are discovering that lavender helps hangovers and other stress – just like old wives tales have told us for centuries. Stress: you know it when you feel it, or do you? Sometimes, what we [read more…]

Dessert May be the Best Medicine

Dessert May be the Best Medicine

The Holiday Season should be a time of celebration, but for many of us it can also be a time when our love/hate relationship with all those delicious Christmas deserts we’ve been enjoying can turn us into grinches. Here’s some good news about common holiday spices that should put you back in a festive mood. [read more…]

Catnip, it's not just for cats

Catnip, it’s not just for cats

We are growing more than lavender around here. Over the last couple of days we’ve harvested a lot of one of lavender’s cousins, catnip. Both these plants are in the lamiaceae family (mints are in that family, the members of this family have square stems). If you’ve ever watched what happens when you put a [read more…]

Full Bloom Viewing

Full Bloom Viewing

Hundreds of people ask us every year…. “When is the best time to see the lavender in bloom?” The short answer is summer. But that is really short and doesn’t really give you the full story. Lavender’s home turf is the area around the Mediterranean. It thrives on the wet winters and dry summers in [read more…]

How long does lavender hold its scent?

How long does lavender hold its scent?

Lavender buds (the bits of flowers that are stripped off the stems) that are used in sachets hold their scent for a long time. During the first year after harvest they put out a lot of sweet aroma. After the first year all you have to do is squeeze them and the natural oils will [read more…]

Toni's Notes: What are essential Oils?

Toni’s Notes: What are essential Oils?

What are essential oils? Essential oils are concentrated complex aromatic compounds that are extracted from plants, usually through steam distillation. Also known as volatile oils, they’re fragrant because the molecules that make up these compounds are tiny and can easily travel up into the air, unlike fatty-acid-based “fixed” oils, such as olive or corn oil. [read more…]