The Benefits of Essential Oils
If you want the essence, the bare essentials of a plant, the essential oil and hydrosol of the plant bring that to you. We grow and estate distill three aromatics:
Our lavender is the lavandin cultivar Lavandula x intermedia, Grosso, a hybrid of English lavender and spike lavender. The primary plant grown for essential oil in Provence, Grosso is hardy and grows well in our soils and in our climate. The essential oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. It can be mixed with water and atomized over the face and skin to both rehydrate dry skin and to help fight winter illnesses. Being both a tonic and a relaxant, it balances the nervous system. Medicinally, lavender essential oil is used to lower high blood pressure, to treat hyperactivity, headaches, and insomnia.
Helichrysum italicum is also a Mediterranean plant that grows in rocky, sandy soils. It does well in the sandier soils of some of the upper reaches of our ranch that used to be a sea bed. The Old World plant is a member of the daisy family, the name coming from the Greek helikhrusos, “spiral of gold”. Helichrysum italicum helps cell regenerate and is good for healing burns and scars and for gum health. It is especially good for sensitive skin.
This plant has a lovely rose scent and is bred from a plant native to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. It is especially cooling and is good for all skin types, being a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture and holds it in the skin. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory and is good for sunburns and insect bites.
Using Essential Oils
- Keep a bottle of our Biodynamic organic Lavender Facial Mist in your purse for airline flights for light antibacterial and anti-fungal protection.
- Mist sheets for sweet dreams.
- Spray clothing before ironing.
- Mist face to rehydrate skin and protect against winter illnesses.
- Clean counter surfaces and floors using our bulk cleaning hydrosol.
Lavender Essential Oil
- Mist lavender essential oil into the air or use aromatic diffuser for a natural air freshener
- Spray on pulse points for relaxation and to help alleviate headaches.
- Use as a non-toxic insect repellant.
- Add to bathwater for a relaxing soak.
- Mix 50/50 with water for a mouthwash to heal from dental surgery or for gum health.
- Mist on skin to help heal wounds and burns.
- Mist face before sleep to help with cell regeneration.
- Mist skin throughout day to protect against pollution.
- Spray insect bites or sunburn.
- Use to set makeup.
- Mist on face to improve complexion, clear acne, and balance oily skin.
Cooking with Lavender
Yes, you can cook with lavender and it is delicious! Lavender can be used in any recipe that uses rosemary. Begin small! You don’t want to overpower yourself.