Lavender is harvested between June and August, depending on the variety. We want to cut when the flowers are ripe: blue-purple just on the verge of turning brown. Our lavender is cut by hand, in the morning once the dew has evaporated.
Our small batch essential lavender oil is produced using an extraction method known as steam distillation. It takes 3 hours for the whole process. First, the plants are placed in a hot steam vat. This causes the oil glands to erupt and the oil to evaporate into the steam. Then, this steam/oil mixture is collected and cooled. Once cool, the essential oil rises to the top and is collected automatically in a beaker attached to the separator, so the oil is kept clean. The remaining lavender water (hydrosol) is a useful byproduct – it is also collected and used for cleaning products.
Any harvested bundles not used for oil are sold fresh or hung to dry. Some of the dried lavender will then be “de budded” and used for potpourri, sachets, cooking, or placed in our skincare products.
When visiting the farm, you might find us harvesting or distilling a batch. Feel free to come to watch. We welcome questions (or a helping hand, if you’re feeling adventurous!)
Our lavender oils are very fragrant and the very best quality. We do not use chemicals in the extraction of the oils and we guarantee them to be 100% pure essential oils.
This careful extraction process helps preserve and concentrate the benefits of lavender, which include its natural sleep-aiding, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties.