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Green Cleaning: Why I Love Lavender Essential Oil (And You Should, Too!)

February 10, 2015

This blog post was written for and first published on the American College of Healthcare Sciences blog on July 2, 2014. Reproduced here on my farm blog with permission. 

Ahh, lavender! It is absolutely one of my favorite flowers and essential oils. I became addicted to lavender 15 years ago durin…

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Click here for a great chart from OSU Extension on what to plant when

July 30, 2014

Click here for a great chart from OSU Extension on what to plant when

We don't just grow lavender around here! As the hot, dry summer weather continues, it's easy to forget that it's time to plant those winter veggies now! In our zone, August is the perfect time to plant broccoli, Chinese cabbage, …

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True love and lavender... a happy customer's story

July 17, 2013

ImageWe are not really in the shipping lavender business, but when I got a plea to help make a bride's wish come true, how could I say no! So I wanted to share the warm thankyou I received from the groom's sister, who had tracked us down via this blog and organized a bouquet to be fedexed to Michigan.

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Honey honey honey... Makes me funny

July 17, 2013

Honey honey honey... Makes me funny

We're in love with our real lavender honey! Harvested by hand and completely raw - we don't use any heat to extract! Leave a comment or visit us on facebook to be notified when we have honey available! Local pick up is preferred to ensure the honey doesn't get heated in transit, plus local honey i…

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Please visit us on Facebook!

July 17, 2013

Please visit us on Facebook!

We're using facebook for lots of our communication now so please visit us on facebook and like us for regular updates about all things lavender!

 

 

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Keeping lavender happy in the wet wet wet Pacific Northwest: Drainage!

December 11, 2012

 

I'm sitting in my office watching rain drip down the window. Again. Those of us that live in the Pacific Northwest know that drainage is one of the most important issues for a gardener, but it is even more important when you're trying to grow lavender. Lavender hatessssss (yes I'm a hobbit fan!)…

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Thought of the day

December 11, 2012

"The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams" Henry David Thoreau

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My favorite Lavender Resources

November 8, 2012

I frequently get asked to share resources on lavender, everything from upcoming festivals to recipes to how to grow tips. So I've put together this list of my favorites. The fun thing about this list is that you can vote on your favorites and they'll rise to the top! Plus you can suggest things to a…

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Essential Oil Now Available Online! Free Shipping with Code Sherwood12!!! Thanks in advance for supporting our farm!

November 1, 2012

Essential oil starting to come over in our distillation workshop at the farm in July 2012

We're super excited to announce that our 2012 distillation of our Lavandula intermedia essential oil is available online at the Apothecary Shoppe:
- 5-ml Lavandin Lavandula intermedia essential oil from Sher…

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Today: Beginning Watercolor Class; Tomorrow ... ?

October 21, 2012

 

Had a ball today doing watercolor artist Jacqueline Newbold's beginning watercolor class in Bend Oregon! I was thrilled to finally get beyond stick figures! I love Jacqueline's poppy pictures and use of color - it helps she also loves Provence, Greece, Lavender and flowers in general! She also d…

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Essential Oil Distilled for the Season: Thanks to Our Amazing Volunteers and EOC!!!

October 21, 2012

Our Lavandula intermedia was distilled last week at the Essential Oil Companies' Boutique Distillery. The Essential Oil Company (www.essentialoil.com) offers custom distillation services and consulting, along with wholesale essential oils. If you are interested in oil, let us know!
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Volunteers wanted to help harvest lavender!

August 28, 2012

Yes its that time of year when we harvest all the lavender and head over to the Essential Oil Company in Sellwood to have them distill it for us! We are looking for volunteers to help with the harvest! Come enjoy the beautiful late summer weather and get your lavender fix for the year! If you are in…

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Lavender and Raspberry Jam

July 26, 2012

I grow raspberries in my garden and have lots of wild blackberries - plus I have an amazing neighbor who is very generous with her raspberries. So its no wonder that I LOVE making jam! Its sooo much easier than most people think. I was lucky to grow up spending a lot of time with my grandma, who tau…

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ACHS Lavender Distillation Workshop at Sherwood Lavender Farm: Photographs

July 23, 2012

Lavender and Lavender Essential Oil from our Distillation Workshop

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Lavandula stoechas or Spanish Lavender

July 19, 2012

Lavandula stoechas is also called Spanish lavender and rabbit ear lavender due to the little rabbit ear bracts on the top (see the pic below). It has a piney, antiseptic fragrance, and is not usually used in cooking or for medicinal purposes. L. stoecahse flowers earlier than other lavenders, in the…

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American College of Healthcare Sciences invites you to Sherwood Lavender Farm for a Lavender Distillation Workshop.

July 18, 2012

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American College of Healthcare Sciences invites you to Sherwood Lavender Farm for a Lavender Distillation Workshop.

Saturday, July 21: You’re invited!

Join Dorene Petersen, ACHS President and Aromatherapy Expert, and Erika Yigzaw, ACHS CIO and Master Gardener, for a fun day dedicated to laven…

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History

July 18, 2012

Lavender���s Long History<br /><br />
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<br /> ����Ķ and still she slept an azure-lidded sleep, in blanched linen, smooth and lavendered���.								-Keats</p><br />
<br /><p>The botanical name Lavandula comes from the Latin lavare meaning to wash.<br /><br />
<br />The use of lavender as a strewing and bathing herb by the Romans is well documented. It was one of the ingredients of the Four Thieves vinegar famous in the Middle Ages. During this time, Europeans used dried lavender flowers under their pillows to ward off evil spirits.<br /><br />
<br />It was used extensively for medicinal purposes up until the 18th century in Britain.<br /><br />
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Selecting Varieties

July 18, 2012

Lavender has hundreds of varieties. Its wonderful stuff, and great to have so much choice, but now I feel like a kid in a candy store, and its hard to choose! I'll be posting about the different varieties shortly!

True lavender Lavandula officinalis

This is a dwarf shrub yielding a relatively sma…

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Planning for U-Pick

July 18, 2012

All the lavender farmers we have talked to come back to one thing: U-Pick is the backbone of your lavender farm. Oil production is glamorous but not that profitable. So we've been planning for our U-Pick customers. This involves thinking about:



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  • Parking


  • Staffing


  • Refreshments


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    Planning for Oil

    July 18, 2012

    Oil production on this boutique scale has to aim for quality. That involves selecting and caring for your plants, harvesting at the correct time, distilling carefully, and bottling and storing your oil correctly for optimal oil.

    Oil in the separator

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