Have you ever experienced the wonderful scent of fresh lavender? Likely not. We can get dried lavender, and lavender scented items such as candles and air fresheners, but it isn’t a prominent garden flower. Lavender is also one of those scents many people are adverse to. Not because it is a bad smell, but because they are used to the abundance of artificially scented items that can run the gambit of smelling pretty to causing severe headaches.
I love lavender. REAL lavender. During the days when I studied aromatherapy and herbology I grew quite fond of it. Such a difference when you can work with the real deal versus some synthetic scent created and patented in a laboratory. Lavender essential oil is one of the best for helping heal minor cuts and scrapes. It can be used to make a natural deodorant, and having the fresh scent around you can be very relaxing. I like to use culinary lavender in shortbread and dark chocolate muffins.
Last month I went to a local lavender farm. It was heaven. Artist Wife came with me and at first she was afraid of getting a headache. Natural response when used to the synthetic scents. She did not get a headache. In fact I do believe it had a more healing effect. That’s the power of nature.
The proprietors of this farm do more than just farm lavender. They raise honey bees, house horses, and make wonderful products from their lavender. They use this beautiful (very phallic looking) copper alembic distiller to produce their own lavender essential oil. I purchased a delicious pot of honey but there was essential oil in stock during my visit. Another trip must be made.
The most difficult part of visiting the farm was keeping myself from getting naked and rolling around in the lavender. Even Artist Wife mentioned how difficult it was to follow the rules and not touch the growing flowers. Next visit I’m doing a Scavenger Hunt and flashing some of my girly bits. You can count on it!