It’s December already. How time has flown by this year. We have a skiff of snow on the ground and ourLavender Field is ready for the winter. So maybe it’s time for a bit of an update.
We will double the size of our fields this spring. We had everything ready by the end of the summer but didn’t want to plant young plants out before they had a chance to get some size on them. In the spring we’ll get to that.
Our first year of production went well we had a larger yield than we had anticipated and ran out of drying space having filled up both our entry in the house, smelled nice, and our garage. We had a lot of dry lavender this year. Our fresh lavender sales were decent considering we only sold direct and locally.
We have also started to produce our ownWellness Balm. See the blog post about that. We are selling it along with our fresh dry Lavender Sachets. You can contact us through our facebook page at.
Our other big need was to buy an Essential Oil Distiller. There are hundreds of different ones to chose from from small to huge and from relatively cheap to incredibly expensive. We opted for a small to medium size one just below the mid price range. It will allow us to do about 30 to 40 bundles at a time. 3 to 4 plants. This will give us 2 products. Essential Oilfor our Balm and Hydrosol. Hydrosol is a byproduct of distilling and is a lavender sented water that can be used as a body spray or as a natural room spritz etc. We will market Hydrosol in 100ml spray bottles next year.
That’s about all for now so we are wishing everyone a Good, Happy and Safe Holiday Season
During the Covid shutdowns and social distancing we decided to work on a couple of lavender based products. One of them is our Wellness Balm it’s a therapeutic feel good relaxation rub that is designed to relax you and make you feel better. It surprisingly works fairly well on sore muscles.
That brings us to our other rub, still in development, Max, This is like our Wellness Balm but sort of on steroids. It’s a lot stronger, more potent and has that athletic rub feel and smell. Max is not available yet as it is still in testing and development.
Both products are based on our own carrier of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Pharmaceutical Grade Bees Wax. To that we add the other ingredients, Camphor, Menthol, Lavender Oil, Clove Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Oil.
Our ingredients, other than Olive Oil and Bees wax are all sourced from a Canadian Essential Oil Company that guarantees the quality by testing all thier products. For us that means we can have complete control of our quality as well as having access to tested Essential oils from around the world.
Our Olive Oil is from Italy and our Bees Wax is from a small producer in Alberta who runs it through filters that take out all pollen and other impurities.
We have this product and some Fresh lavender Sachets from our Farm Available on Facebook for local sales only and you can also see our Facebook page.
It was a very wet spring and lavender normally doesn’t like wet but we have sandy well drained soil and ours loved it.
Then it got hot really hot. 96 Plus (36C) Hot with a little wind and the Lavender field loved it as well. For our first harvest year we felt we were doing a lot better than expected. Next year it should be in full production and yield up from 450 to 500 bunches.
We plan on doubling the field size next spring.
We’ve harvested almost 3/4 of the field now and we’ve had a hard time finding space to hang the lavender bunches to dry. Our entry way is full but as much as we like lavender it’s a bit overpowering at times.
With a full entry way we converted a large portion of our garage into a drying shed. 350 bunches takes up a huge amount of space.
Our first bunches of dried lavender from our entry way netted us almost a kilo of flowers. Doesn’t sound like much until you see it
For next year we have to do something a bit different to utilize the drying space more efficiently.
Now it’s on to our production of other lavender related products but that’s for another blog post.
It’s been a while but finally our Lavender is nearing the time to harvest for the first time.
We’ve taken the spare time created the Covid19 to develop some products to support our other business Lanna Thai Massage.
We have decided to make some differing products but all will be in the form of balms. Lavender will be the primary base but we are developing others from Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pharmaceutical grade Bees Wax and naturally sourced or our own ingredients.
We should be in production by the middle of July, 2020.
It must be hard for all farmers. Plant the seeds and just water and wait and wait months for your product to develop.
Lavender is a bit different you get to wait for at least a year for a small yield and it hasn’t totally developed to full production for about 3 seasons. You mostly weed weed and weed some more. Lavender doesn’t like competition. Our main weed is grass as we planted in a field. We put down heavy landscape fabric but that isn’t quite heavy enough and we will replace 5 fifty foot rows with Commercial fabric before winter and with luck that will do it.
We have a metered automatic watering system of drip irrigation. We have to test the amount of water in the soil until the plants have fully developed and adjust the amount every couple of days. Lavender doesn’t like wet roots so we keep it on the dry side. We weed about once a week or when we feel motivated and we wait, wait and wait some more.
That’s about all there is to Lavender Farming or at least until the plants are into production.
8 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil (oprional)
Combine the ingredients and transfer it to a mason jar with lid. Let it rest for a couple of days so the oils are incorporated. Add a handful of lavender bath salts to warm bath water. The epsom salts in this recipe help relieve sore muscles and the lavender will help relieve stress. Rosemary adds aroma to the mix and can help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals.
Since ancient times lavender has been recommended for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders. People stuffed their pillows with lavender flowers to help them fall asleep and get a better night’s rest.
Today, we use lavender to treat headaches and nervousness or restlessness. Massage therapists sometimes apply lavender oil to the skin, which may function both as a calming agent and a sleep aid. In Germany, lavender tea has been approved as a supplement to treat sleep disruptions, restlessness, and stomach irritation.
Lavender is most commonly used in aromatherapy. The fragrance from the oils of the lavender plant is believed to help promote calmness and wellness. It’s also said to help reduce stress, anxiety, and possibly even mild pain. A recent study found that topically applying lavender, plus sage and rose, could reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.