Everyday Oils Collection: Lavender Part I

True non-hybrid lavender has varying colors as the YL lavender fields at Mona, Utah, clearly show.

True, nonhybrid lavender has varying shades of purple, as this picture of YL lavender fields at Mona, Utah, clearly shows.

Our Everyday Oils collection now contains 10 oils because we have added Joy!

Let’s start with Lavender. We grow this a little bit in St. Maries; that’s where I started. In fact, my friend and partner on our farm in France, Jean-Noël Landel, said, ‘Gary, you’re crazy if you think you’re going to grow lavender in Idaho. It won’t produce the volume and the quality there because it’s too cool and too damp for good lavender.’

Well, I’m crazy, so I grew it. St. Maries and Utah are both fabulous for lavender; we grow a lot at our farm in Mona.

But what’s so valuable about lavender? How many of you have ever had a burn? Of course. If you put pure lavender on a burn, you’re going to stop and think that maybe the burn wasn’t that bad because it quit hurting. If you keep it on, you won’t even have a scar.

A scientific research study on lavender done at the University of Miami found that inhaling lavender essential oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. How many can enjoy that?

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