What we do on the farm
Our lavender is all hand harvested, after harvest some of our lavender is taken to our drying shed where it is bundled and hung upside down to be dried for future us as dried lavender bouquets or further processed and cleaned for culinary use.
Other lavender is harvested for oil. In that process we harvest all the lavender again by hand. Where it is brought back to an area where we cut it up into smaller pieces and put into a basket like container that is then put into our distiller. This is done immediately after the lavender is harvested from the field. Once in the distiller, distilled water is added and we begin the process of heating the water to create steam which the steam is what extracts the oil from the lavender flower/plant. The steam is then cooled and the oil will float on top of the water and is then removed for use in all our wonderful lavender products. The water that is remaining is called hydrosol water, which is distilled water laced with lavender essential oil. We then bottle and sell this product as our lavender water.
Our 10 gallon still takes 5 – 6 plants to fill. The flowers are then steam distilled to produce approximately 4 ounces of lavender essential oil.