Self Soothing Strategies with Lavender

Lavender Essential Oil, Lavender Aromatherapy for Sleep & Natural Relaxation

When news of the world is overwhelming I find myself wishing to be rocked by my Grandmother in her warm lap with my head resting on her generous bosom. Since that is no longer possible and memories fade, I need to find other ways to soothe myself and my loved ones. My tendency is to try to rescue or help, but much of what I see and hear is far outside the realm of my control. I can’t fight insanity or the spread of plague, but I can try to overcome evil with good in my own little arena. There are more wonderful than diabolical people in the world and good will overcome evil, or so I hope is true!

I don’t think I’m the only one feeling this way. Lavender self soothers are trending at LavenderGreen.Com this month, possibly an indication that our customers are feeling a desire to nurture their bodies and souls more than usual. Lavender is a very calming essential oil and can help us maintain our functional availability by muting stressful emotions.

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Lavender soaps and lotions, Lavender essential oil in personal aromatherapy diffusers, massage oils and candles, Aroma Sticks and lavender filled pillows are going out to lavender lovers all over the country right now.

Here are 10 more ideas I’ve thought of and tried to soothe my own troubled heart:

1. Practice Qi Gong, This is an effective and gentle exercise that is a little like Tai Chi, but easy to master the first time with a  DVD or tape like Lee Holden’s Qi AM/PM workout.  It stretches the body and focuses the mind.  I’ve found wonderful in the morning to set up a positive day and great at day’s end to relax. I do a lot of walking to and from and working in the garden which helps too!

2.  Love our pets for their empathy.  A puppy in my case.  We were gifted a red mini-poodle in March and now that we’re into our 7th month, petting, playing and meeting the needs of Cocoa is very soothing and makes me laugh.

3.  Home made soup.  Just made a big pot with roasted chicken, great northern beans, spinach, tomatoes in a stock made from the left over chicken simmered to a broth with celery, carrots and onion.  A little Tuscan seasoning and Worcestershire sauce added robust flavor, along with black pepper and sea salt

4. I’m reading Ken Follett’s new fiction “Edge of Eternity” book three of the century trilogy.  I find that compelling fiction, set in another time and place helps put the human experience into context.

5.  Reconnecting with family, former colleagues and friends and expressing gratitude for their friendship.  Real live connections help balance the input of our virtual world. Cheering a friend in need with a gift, card or call is a tonic to my own outlook.

6.  Getting in touch with my faith by reading C. S. Lewis…I typed chapter 13 of the Great Divorce and posted it on the fridge as a morning mantra.  “The Happy Trinity is her home, nothing will trouble her joy”….So timeless and empowering!  It’s actually Lewis’s feminized paraphrase of Psalm 91.

7.  Lavender…I love going into the Summer Kitchen to fulfill orders.  The Summer Kitchen is where we inventory our dried lavender.  Its fragrance overwhelms me with peace.  If you ever come to visit, I’ll take you there to just breathe.

8.  Listen to Music.  I love hearing “Anthem” by Ronan Hardeman when I’m by myself in the Summer Kitchen to buoy my spirit.  It works every time with it’s haunting melody and plaintive peaceful lyrics.

9. Take Action!  Do something…even just one little thing!  The pen is mightier than the sword, so I’m tweeting social media outlets suggesting they raise the bar on their broadcasting standards to help combat hate and fear riddled rhetoric and videos.

10.  Watch PBS.  With few exceptions PBS almost always has something to offer which is interesting, educational and entertaining.  So I’m supporting them and programming our household media “feed”.  “Charlie Rose” is a ritual but late night shock talk radio is banned here.

I’m very curious to learn how you self soothe?  Can you share some ideas of what you find peace giving?

Peaceful Wishes,
Ginna

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Traveling Around the World, Seeking Lavender Essential Oil

light through trees on snowOne of the pleasures of a long winter is that Mother Nature gives us a rest from the garden and time to plan and indulge our curiosity about the world outside of the farm.  As a lavender lover I have been armchair traveling to other countries that produce lavender oil and sampling their essential oils this Winter, focusing on Lavandula Angustifolia oils.  What a delight!  Each country seems to have it’s own signature lavender fragrance and benefits, and I appreciate their unique differences!  It’s hard to chose a favorite because, like wine, each satisfies a different mood or use.

map of the Mediterranean region
Mediterranean countries have the longest history of distilling lavender essential oil but, with the globalization of the plant, lavender is wild crafted or cultivated all around the World on nearly every continent.  Far flung countries like India, Australia, South America, and South Africa offer some of the most tantalizing scents these days. The US is also cultivating lavender for essential oil, primarily on the West Coast and, more recently, in the Southwest.  We are very eager to try our US oils when they become more available and affordable.

Lavender can be compared to grapes in the sense that temperature, days of sunshine, rain and growing season all impact lavender’s scent and bounty.  A dry Summer might produce stunted plant growth, for example, but very fragrant oil and intense flowers which translate into a spectacular Essential Oil.  Growing altitude also impacts lavender’s fragrance.  As a general rule of thumb, the higher the elevation the greater the difficulty in harvesting or wild crafting the lavender, and the more precious and pricey the resulting oil.

Photograph: Jean-Pierre Lescourret/Corbis

Photograph: Jean-Pierre Lescourret/Corbis

One of our all time favorite oil is the French variety “Population;” considered the benchmark angustifolia oil. It is raised in almost perfect conditions at a latitude offering long daylight hours, a high altitude of 3500 feet, moderate rainfall and a sandy soil.  It has a thin, sweet, green strong scent and makes wonderful perfume, as well as being known for its therapeutic qualities.  We reserve this oil for our Lavender Personal Diffusers with refills, which use the precious oil very efficiently.

 

Photo: StellaVM

Bulgaria’s Rose Valley. Photo: StellaVM

Lavender Bulgarian Essential Oil  has a rich lavender-floral scent which is somewhat fruitier and more mellow than Population, and is a little less expensive.  We love this oil and use it in our Essential Oil Synergies because it holds its own with other strongly scented oils like Tea Tree or Eucalyptus and is grown organically in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley.

 

Farmers picking on lavender fields outside of Franschoek, South Africa.

Farmers picking Lavender outside of Franschoek, South Africa. Photo: Slack12

We’ve also sampled lavender essential oils from Moldova, the Ukraine and South Africa, and found that each has their own unique scent and appeal.  I think my favorite Lavender Essential Oil might be Kashmir, from the northern mountains of India.  This is pricey and not available in great quantity because it is wild crafted in a very unsettled region of India.  But, I would use the word “divine” to describe its scent.

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This Winter is also giving us the time to experiment with blending oils to demonstrate new research on lavender’s medicinal qualities.  Spanish Stoechas has a sharp note but is very medicinal and, when blended with Lavender Seville Absolute and Lavandula Dentate, they form a synergy posited to treat stubborn infections according to new research shared by the US Lavender Grower’s Association.  Our testing at Lavender Green is experimental and we’re using it on ourselves and volunteers only at this point in straight, carrier oil and cream formulations.

I have also found myself watching PBS and the Travel Channel this Winter in an attempt to learn more and get a better understanding of the countries producing the wondrous lavender Essential Oil.  It’s been a total treat and my real vs. virtual travel bucket list has grown!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to roam the world like free spirits searching out the most fragrant and addictive lavender essential oil?  It could take us many Winters! 

 Comment and tell us which Lavender fields top your bucket list?

Cheers,
Ginna

Creative Lavender Gift Ideas

Gift BoxWow, we’re coming down to the wire and there are still many gifts to buy and send.  It is the thought that counts and our friends love thoughtful presents that recognize their interests and lifestyle.  Getting it just right requires a little thought about that particular person, but it’s not too hard to accomplish with our “Build Your Own  Gift Basket” option.

Lavender Gift BasketsHere are some suggestions of what to put into your basket based upon your “person”.  You’ll want to include 5-7 products to fill out a small, medium or large sized basket box.  We will chose the size of basket for you based upon what you order and wrap and ship it with a card from you.  If you have a very tough lavender lover to please, call Ginna for some personalized suggestions.

 

Gift Ideas for the Cook

Ideas For the Cook

1. Lavender Pepper Rub
2. Chef’s Apron
3. Lavender and Vanilla Sugar
4. Recipe Card with Lavender Samples
5. Lavender and Earl Gray Tea
6. Twisted Lavender Sheaf Centerpiece
not pictured – Herbs de Provence

 

Gift Ideas for Mom

Ideas for the Busy Mom

1. Lavender Lotion To Go
2. Car Diffuser with Road Rage Relief
3. Lavender Counter Spray
4. Lavender Towelettes
5. Spa Eye Mask

 

Gift Ideas for the Career Girl

Ideas for the Career Girl 

1. Focus and Energy Synergy with Personal Diffuser
2. Lavender Lotion to Go
3. Lavender Lover’s Lip Balm
4. Travel Pillow and Mask
5. Keyboard and Mouse Pillow Set

 

Lavender Spa Gift Ideas

Ideas for the Health Club/Spa Lover 

1. Lavender Lover’s Lip balm
2. Restore Body Mist
3. Lavender & Citrus Foot Balm
4. Spa Eye Pillow
5. Lavender Lover’s Lotion and Bath Gel Combo
6. Lavender Lover’s Bath Salts
(also check out our Aromafloria Products, we have a full selection of StressLess products with Lavender, Sage and Chamomile)

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These are just a few ideas to get you started but there are endless possibilities.

Enter “Build Your Own” in the coupon box at checkout and we’ll take 5% off the total cost of your order between now and December 30, 20013 

Cheers!
Ginna

Staying Calm Through the Holiday Season with Lavender

 

Escalators in Shopping CenterPhoto Credit: Paul Szustka

Here we are again!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Don’t we wish Santa’s elf would come early and help us make the Holidays special for our family so that we could enjoy it too?

We could, of course, have gathered gifts all year or waited in line and joined the fray of Black Friday bargain shoppers.  Alternatively, we can order on-line or from catalogues.  Even ordering on-line can be tough as we ponder over hundreds of choices and variations late into the night, during our lunch break at work, or getting up before dawn’s early light.  Whatever method we chose shopping can be taxing on our bodies and our soul, especially when added to an already full and merry schedule.  We need lavender this time of year!

The important attitude is to stay calm, keep healthy, enjoy the process and pace ourselves to minimize the stress of it all.  It may seem obvious to lavender lovers that the aromatherapy value of lavender to calm us is invaluable during the holidays.  Lavender essential oil was created by Mother Nature for just this purpose. Along with its many other attributes and benefits, lavender works wonders on calming nerves and providing a sense of well being–it can slow down “hectic” in a hurry.

 

Row of personal aromatherapy diffusers

How can you have lavender’s calming scent surround you no matter where the season takes you?  Lavender essential oil is volatile, which means that it evaporates.  But, there are some ways to diffuse it that maximize its longevity and potency.  One of the best ways is through a personal aromatherapy diffuser.  It is the size of a tube of lipstick and can be carried in your pocket or purse.   Inhale a few deep breaths and re-cap the tube to use when you need another breath of calm.  LavenderGreen’s personal diffuser comes with a 1 dram refill bottle which will last several years.

NanoHeat® USB Aroma DiffuserSitting at your desk in front of your computer with deadlines pressing?  Diffuse lavender whenever you turn on your computer with the latest USB powered Nanoheat diffuser.  Simply add a few drops to the special tissues, place on the diffuser and enjoy instant lavender fragrance that lasts until you log off or disconnect the cord.  It is discrete, efficient and personal. You will be the only one who can enjoy the calming fragrance.

 

Lavender Terra-Cotta PendantOn the run?  Sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on a necklace to have aromatherapy at your heart center.  You’ll be less prone to bumping into others in crowds or slipping on icy sidewalks when you are calm and patient.

 

Lavender and Buckwheat-filled Neck Roll Pillow and Sleep Mask SetToo tired to sleep with your To Do list swirling through your mind keeping your eyes wide open.  A lavender sleep mask or pillow can help lull you into a gentle state of relaxing sleep.  Need something stronger?  Try Sandman which includes lavender, tangerine and marjoram oils to give you extra hours of needed sleep.  Need a gift idea for someone who has problems sleeping check out our Sleep Mask and Sandman Special Gift Set

Remember that we’re all up the same “tree” so let’s be kind to and forgiving of one another.   After all, isn’t that the real meaning of the Season?

Cheers!
Ginna

Inviting Lavender to Your Thanksgiving Table

Table set for ThanksgivingMaking Thanksgiving dinner at home is always a pleasure for those within shouting distance as wave-upon-wave of marvelous cooking fragrances create anticipation of a wonderful feast.  My husband, Chris, loves experiencing this Holiday at home for precisely this reason … and maybe a little football echoing in the distance.  Dinner at a restaurant would be less rewarding because the house lacks both that “turkey smell” and the leftovers.

For the home chef, though, Thanksgiving is a multi-course meal demanding an early morning start; a long ingredient check list; and, timing that rivals a rocket launch.  I have found it is preferable preparing the feast with my sisters as this not only lightens the load but creates some fun.  They are all good cooks, so each tries to bring a new twist to an old favorite.

Place setting with Lavender mini-bouquet

We have found that serving dinner at 4:00 PM is our best target time for this traditional meal because it allows plenty of time to prepare the meal while sipping wine and catching up during the process.  We set the table the day before the feast and assemble the serving dishes and cooking equipment at that same time to reduce the search and pre-cleaning run-around on the big day.  It is also helpful to make room in your refrigerator for leftovers.  This will greatly reduce frustration on the back-end clean-up stage of the meal.

Since this is a lavender farm and I am a lavender addict, I look for ways to bring lavender into our Thanksgiving experience.  I would like to share some simple ways I have found to integrate our lovely fragrance into the celebration.

Here are some simple, tried and true tips to bring lavender to your Thanksgiving table:

Bowl of Herbs de Provence
Use Herbs de Provence as the seasoning for the turkey and one of the stuffings.  I love the William-Sonoma recipe using our own blend of organic Herbs de Provence which includes marjoram, oregano, lavender and thyme.  We will share our favorite recipe with you on Thursday.

gtwisted Sheaf and Loose stems in PitcherPlace a simple twisted lavender sheaf or loose stems in a pitcher or vase for your centerpiece.  It is beautiful and may be kept year round.  Its simple yet visually elegant design and shape makes it easy to place elsewhere when the table needs additional space for the many platters and serving dishes.

Our Dried Lavender Favors will add a beautiful touch to your next event.If you have time, make place cards for your guests so that everyone knows where you would like them to sit.  We use our little Lavender Mini-Bouquets with names written on a tag.  At the end of the party everyone is able to take this home as a favor.  These fragrant place cards are unique and inexpensive to make.  Alternatively, we will happily make them for you.

Layer more subtle lavender fragrance in a Lamp Ring Diffuser.  When the lamp is illuminated the fragrance intensifies.  Using real Essential Oils is a wonderfully subtle way of influencing the mood of your guests.  Celebrate, for example, especially puts everyone in a festive mood, while straight lavender can calm everybody down. These scents will enhance, rather than compete, with the meal.

Voila!  You have made a memory and, just possibly, you might enjoy the fruits of your own labor.  Stay tuned here and on Facebook for more classic Thanksgiving recipes with a lavender twist.

Cheers,
Ginna

Cleaning and Scenting your Kitchen with Lavender

 Let’s start with the kitchen, the heart of the home.  The most important step is to start with a clean room. Lavender is a natural cleaner, so we’re in luck!  Kitchen smells and bacteria are prevalent on the counters, the stove top and oven and the refrigerator.  So we’ll begin there.

Tappan Stove in UseAround the farm’s kitchen we use The Good Home counter spray on all surfaces because it’s safe, effective and very fragrant.  For cleaning tough mold around the sink, we use an old tooth brush and our own Lavender/Citrus anti-bacterial soap, followed by a good rinse

Lavender Glass and Surface CleanerWe use the surface cleaner spray for the floor for quick clean ups.  Just spritz the floor and spritz a large micro-fiber mop (washable) and it’s a snap!  For deep cleaning, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite floor soap and go for it. Lavender Essential Oil is healthy and has been used to clean since the days of the Roman civilization.  Lavender is gentle on all finishes, and offers calming aromatherapy to the cleaner, so why bother with products that add to the in-door pollution of your home?

For the refrigerator, clean all shelves, baskets and exterior surface with warm water, white vinegar or baking soda and a few drops of essential lavender oil.  You can actually add a few drops of lavender E.O.’s. to any of your favorite soaps to improve fragrance.

Remember to vacuum the vent at the bottom of the refrigerator where dirt and grease collect and the top of the refrigerator, which is often neglected.  Finish off the fridge with a small bowl or shaker jar of baking soda, mixed with a tablespoon or two of lavender flower buds and a few drops of lavender E.O. to absorb food odors.  Use our French lavandin buds in the recipe for a lavender “fresh” scent. Place the bowl at the back of one of the shelves and change it out when it loses it’s fragrance or gets damp.  Baking soda is your friend in the kitchen for almost any stain or smell.  Sprinkle smelly garbage with this mix of lavender buds and baking soda, or make a “soft scrub” with baking soda, lavender essential oil and a little water to clean stained surfaces.

Kitchen textiles, like curtains, placemats, dish towels can all be washed in lavender laundry detergent followed by lavender fragrance to condition.  We wash our dish towels at the end of each day routinely for safety’s sake.  Just before the crowd collects in your kitchen, spritz the curtains and towels with The Good Home’s non-staining, Lavender Sheet and Clothing Spray for instant fragrance.

Beautiful Lavender Gift SetWe’re almost there!  To finish it all off, add a lavender candle (to burn, not dust) The candle will burn out bacteria and not overpower the good cooking fragrance.  Use a real E. O. candle made from soy wax and a natural cotton wick to keep it all non-toxic.  A great combination for the kitchen is lavender with citrus.  We offer a lavender-citrus potpourri and candle and are planning to add a non-toxic lavender-citrus room mist soon.  The potpourri is a continual fragrance source and the candle can be lit when the stove is in action.

We’d love to get tips from you, too!  Please comment and share your own tips and techniques for a sweet smelling home.

Cheers!
Ginna

Scenting Your Home With Lavender

Lavender Green FarmhouseOur farmhouse, circa 1897, is full of old house charm from successive additions, two sets of stairs, little porches, and renovations that have been added-on over the years.  We have a shower in the laundry room and a little guest bath tucked under the eaves, for example–added by my Grandfather for very practical reasons at the time.  Making an old house enjoyable for our times is a challenge on many fronts!

When it rains for days on end, as it has this summer, we develop a musty smell. If we close the house for a few weeks, we return to an ‘old house” smell.  The kitchen and bath are vented only by windows! Air conditioning helps but it’s a challenge to make the house a fragrant home continually.  You can always tell when we smell “musty” because visitors crinkle up their noses when they enter the house or we come inside and sniff after lots of fresh air.  Add a pet into the mix and it’s even more of a challenge!

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“Layers” of natural fragrance can help create a healthy, non-toxic and fragrant home which is a delight to us who live there and to everyone who visits.  My experience suggests that “layering” lavender fragrance throughout the house is our best solution to common household odors.  Layering fragrance for this old house is a lot like layering fragrance on the body.  We start with a fragrant bath, soothe our skin with lotion and add a spritz of cologne or perfume. Viola!

Each room of the house has it’s own natural scents and smells so we’ll share our techniques for achieving a lavender scented home, room by room in future posts.  To shop now, visit the Your Home department of our online store

The Holidays are just around the corner with lots of guests expected so it’s not too soon to get started.  Stay tuned for future posts and how to’s for each room of your home.

For the rest of October, we’re offering free shipping for orders over $89.00!  Just write “celebrate” in the coupon box of the shopping cart when you check out at www.lavendergreen.com.

Check out recipes on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LavenderGreenCo

Cheers!
Ginna

Lavender Spa Body and Bath

Enjoy Our Lavender Bath and Body Products 

Perfect for all skin types

Lavender heals and helps keep skin healthy and balanced while delivering relaxing aromatherapy.

Lavender Green’s lavender lotions marry Lavender Essential Oils and Shea Butter to soothe both summer’s overexposure to the sun and winter’s dryness.

Our bath and body products are safe for delicate skin and hand mixed with extra lavender oil for Lavender Lovers in our bath gel, sea salts, soaps, lotions and balms.

We also carry Aromafloria’s Stress Less products that blend Chamomile and Sage for a lighter lavender fragrance.

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Lavender Travel Kits & Aromatherapy

Lavender for Your Travels

Soothe, comfort and reduce tension amidst all the complications that come with travel.

Lavender Green offers handcrafted Lavender Filled Travel Pillows to cradle your neck and support your back, filled with lavender florets and other natural materials to provide comfort during travel.

Lavender Eye Masks block out light, provide gentle aromatherapy and let you sleep. Suitcase Size Lavender Sachets will keep your luggage smelling fresh. Lightweight and portable Lavender Bath and Body products, Travel Candles and Lip Balms and moist Towelettes can be packed anywhere to refresh you en-route and soothe your senses at your destination.

New oil synergies help put you in the best possible frame of mind regardless of what you may encounter on your journey. Take along our Lavender travel accessories on your next trip and experience a better journey.

Home Fragrance

Fill your home with the fragrance of lavender

Create a lavender fragrance that’s fresh, clean and relaxing

Lavender naturally creates a refreshing, fragrant home. The secret lies in “layering” the fragrance with natural lavender flowers and botanicals, aromatherapy blends, fragrance oils and candles to achieve a lasting lavender scent in the home.

Add the relaxing benefits of lavender to your home with a bowl of our lavender buds or potpourri, our dried lavender bouquets, our free standing sheaves or our long lasting lavender aroma sticks.

Achieve your lavender-scented home today by selecting your favorites and layering them to gain your perfect fragrance intensity.

 

Lavender Scents for Your Home

Lavender Home Fragrance Natural Lavender laundry and cleaning products Organic Lavender sachets designed for your drawers and closets. Soothing Lavender Filled Pillows

 

Scent your home with lavender

Lavender creates a healthy, relaxing, refreshing and naturally fragrant home. 

A simple way to begin scenting your home with lavender is by adding a bowl of lavender buds or lavender-citrus potpourri to a table in your foyer as a greeting to guests.  Dried lavender bouquets are everlasting and bring a classic lavender garden look and feel as well as fragrance. You can try a sheaf of lavender on your table, or scent a hallway with a lavender-filled wall pocket.

Mist upholstered furniture, pillows and fabric window treatments with Lavender Sheet and Clothing Spray for an instant, healthy, lavender fresh scent. Wash sheets and towels with lavender laundry products and try cleaning with lavender soaps, sprays and vacuum beads to make routine chores more enjoyable. Tuck sachets into drawers and lavender filled hangers and accessories into your closets. And add lavender-filled pillows to bedrooms, home office and your family room for long lasting fragrance and total comfort.

Then, bring a beautiful innovation in lavender fragrance for your home by adding  some of our Reed Diffusers with long lasting fragrance oils/perfumes. Fragrance oils used in Reed diffusers should be kept at room temperature and not added to heated diffusers. They provide constant lavender scent around the clock and in every season.

Explore all the ideas on every page and be sure to check out our Culinary, Aromatherapy, Lavender Pillows and Lavender Cleaners for additional ways to scent your home with lavender.

Lavender Gifts

Unique Lavender Gifts from Lavender Green

Communicate a sense of charm and serenity to those you love

 

Let them enjoy the moment as they breath in the soothing smell of lavender when they open their lavender gifts.

At our organic lavender farm, we know how the benefits of lavender products can help improve lives. This is why we feel certain that when you give the gift of lavender, you are offering a sentiment of health and well being to those you love and care about.

Try giving one of our Lavender Gift Baskets filled with unique lavender products like our Minky Neck Roll Pillow filled with lavender and buckwheat hulls. Or — give our Curvy Spa Wrap Set – a sure hit for anyone who needs a little loving care.

You’ll be a winner when you give the gift of lavender and your gift will be remembered and cherished for many years to come.