I have a lavender problem!

I received the below message from a fellow lavender enthusiast. It seemed typical of the confusion that abounds when talking about lavender, so I thought that I’d answer it in a Jersey Lavender blog post….. Hello.  I have a problem.  I am very confused about different lavender essential oils.  I have tried a few from… Read more »

Storage and Maturing of Lavender Oil

The Maturing and Storing of Lavender Oils, and oil yields In earlier blogs I’ve written about the harvesting of lavender and the distillation process. What next in the process? Well, initially, after distillation our lavender oil has a “rough” odour to it – some people have described it as an intense, sharp, hay, perhaps a… Read more »

Lavender Oil: sometimes, all is not quite what it seems!

They say that “a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing”. I was trawling a few lavender related blogs and came across one that was doing a fantastic job of promoting enthusiasm for lavender and it’s uses, but it seemed that some of the information was only “half the story”, and prompted me to put my experience into this… Read more »

Lavender Oil – Strange Uses

I’m often asked what unusual uses are for lavender oil.In 9 years at the lavender farm I’ve heard some strange ones.  A dairy farmer said that he put lavender oil in a burner in the milking shed. He said the shed smelt a bit more pleasant, but also he felt that it helped the cows relax. And a relaxed cow… Read more »

Cooking with Lavender

We are often asked about cooking with lavender. Certainly lavender can add the extra “something” to your dishes, but it does need to be used in moderation. The most common way is to use dried lavender flowers – culinary lavender. This culinary lavender is usually produced from lavandula angustifolia (often called “English lavender”). It should… Read more »

The Top Uses of Lavender Oil

Lavender and lavender oil has been used for many  centuries. The Greeks and Egyptians used it medicinally the Romans used it for its fragrance. The Elizabethans liked it at home, in the garden and on the plate! The Victorians used it at home to disinfect and to refresh. Even today, despite the predominance of chemical… Read more »