Lavender for men!

Contrary to popular assumption, lavender is not just for the ladies. In actual fact, men use lavender much more than they realise, and probably on a daily basis. Lavender is, in fact, (as you will discover in our article “Is your man wearing lavender?”)  a key ingredient in some of the most popular men’s fragrances… Read more »

What is Lavender Oil made from? – Part 2

The earlier post – What is Lavender Oil Made From? – Part 1 – was about how lavender oil is often analysed using a process called gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy. The results of this shows that lavender oil is pretty complicated; containing up to a hundred different components. This post is about these components. One thing to… Read more »

What is Lavender Oil made from? – Part 1

So much has been written about the amazing properties of lavender oil – 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… Read more »

Distillation of Lavender Oil

The Distillation of Jersey Lavender Oil All our Jersey lavender oil is distilled from our own plants grown on the Jersey Lavender Farm. 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… 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 »

Lavender vs. Lavandin

Over the years I’ve come across all sorts of unjustified statements comparing these two species of lavender – Lavandula angustifolia (sometimes called “English” or “true” lavender) and Lavandula x intermedia (conveniently shortened to lavandin).

Lavender Oil – The Secret To Success (At Bridge!)

Now then, if you’re an aficionado of bridge (not the river spanning structures, but the card game beloved by mind game players the world over) you will recently have been dancing about and engaging in all sorts of bridge-related revelry, when the England Women’s Bridge Team toasted defending their title at the World Mind Sports… Read more »

Food and lavender @ Jersey Lavender

Lavender is of course an ingredient in a good number of dishes in the Jersey Lavender cafe (known locally as Sprigs Cafe) and also various edible products sold in our farm shop and online. It often surprises people that lavender can be used as a flavouring, but believe me it isdelicious and there is every evidence that the use… Read more »

Lavender Oil Producing Plants

“Lavender” is part of the broad botanical genus – Lavandula. This is thought to be made up of 50 different species, and within some of these species are perhaps hundreds of different cultivars/varieties. For the purposes of lavender oil we are mainly concerned with two species –lavandula angustifolia (sometimes called English lavender or true lavender),… Read more »

Lavender Oil – The Perfect Stress Remedy

The daily demands of modern life can be very stressful. From the pressures of work, to the demands of family life, it is little wonder that more of us are suffering FROM stress and anxiety related illnesses. The effects of stress should not be underestimated. Aside from adversely affecting personal relationships, stress can lead to… Read more »