Find Out What Makes Lavender Essential Oil So Popular

When it comes to lavender you fall into one of two camps (pro or con), but that is likely because of your exposure to over-processed, or worse, chemically created scents that try to mimic nature.

Lavender essential oil is expensive, although not quite as much as a return flight to France (from North America). Having participated in the harvest and watched the distillation process, I fully appreciate how much product (lavender) needs to be grown to produce that little vial of essential oil.

Lavender fields in Provence

Here, is a summary of the distillation process for traditional lavender growers:

  1. The flowers are cut, bundled and left to dry in the field for 1-2 days.
  2. Tractors loaded with dried bundles haul their purple loads to the distillery.
  3. This is where the bales of flowers are stuffed into enormous vats. It is incredibly hard work, but you smell terrific at the end of the day.
  4. Once the vat lids are closed, steam is pumped through the tubes (think large pressure cookers) until the flowers are hot enough to release their essence.
  5. This liquid has two components; a clear heavily scented essence and a fractional amount of essential oil. Both parts are collected and sold for commercial use.

Lavender distillation essential oil

What is the lavender essential oil used for?

lavender-wands-from-provence-by-lua-williams

Our friend Girl Gone Gallic wrote about 33 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil.  Yes lavender scent is used in everything from ice cream to floor cleaner, from lip balm to massage oils.

  • Household UsesShop here for 100% lavender “wands” for your linen closets.
  • Beauty Uses – perfumes, scrubs, balms
  • Relaxation Uses – massage, baths
  • Food Uses – syrups, cocktails, cookies, ice cream
  • Medicinal Uses –  cuts, bug bites, eczema

GGG and I are wondering could there be 100 uses for lavender essential oil? Please read her post here and let us know what to add to the list.

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