Lavender Essential Oil To Get Rid Of Nasty Pet Smells

There are many wonderful things about having a pet or two share your life. Firstly you get the amazing companionship that your pet offers you, whether it’s your cat curled up on your lap at the end of the day or the ecstatic greeting from your dog when all you’ve done is nip to the… Read more »

What is Lavender Oil made from? – Part 1

So much has been written about the amazing properties of – its ability to calm the nerves, aid relaxation, help give you a good night’s sleep, as well as its healing benefits. Well I thought I’d do my best to write something about what is actually in lavender oil. Be warned, there’s no dramatic “tah-dah,… Read more »

Roman Uses Of Lavender

Lavender has been prized for centuries for its wonderful fragrance, gorgeous colour and amazing properties. As far as 2,500 years ago the Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians and Arabians prized lavender and used it as a perfume. The Ancient Egyptians also incorporated lavender into the embalming/mummification process. Records show that the dead were wrapped in shrouds that… Read more »

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

There is no one single answer to the question of ‘are you getting enough sleep?’ The exact amount of sleep that we need varies from person to person. Famously Margaret Thatcher, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison and Napoleon all survived off less than 4 hours sleep a night, but for many people they require significantly… Read more »

Distillation of Lavender Oil

The process is a fairly straightforward one, though many seem pretty mystified by it. In many respects distillation hasn’t changed for centuries. It’s also not too different from the distillation of alcohol: relying on the same principles!  At the peak of our lavender harvest we usually do 4 distillations each day in our two stills. Our biggest still takes about… Read more »

Lavender’s Biblical Roots

Lavender is up there with some of the world’s most ancient documented plants, for example hieroglyphic texts from Ancient Egypt detail the use of lavender in embalming and cosmetics. And further to this when the tomb of Tutankhamen was opened, jars filled with ointments or salves containing something resembling lavender were found. It was documented… Read more »

Harvesting Lavender Plants

I’m often asked by prospective lavender farmers about harvesting lavender plants, and how it’s done. The fact is there is no “right method”. A huge anount depends on the acerage of lavender that you have, how it is laid out in the fields and what you want to do with it. For us at the Jersey… Read more »