Everything You Need to Know
WHAT DO YOU USE LAVENDER FOR?
Lavender can be uses for a variety of household and personal needs such as soap, body lotion, diffusion, sleep aids, nausea, horse hoof conditioner, household cleaner, and bug bites.
I DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD EAT LAVENDER
Yes, you can eat lavender!
Lavender is an herb just like rosemary and thyme and you can eat lavender in endless dishes, drinks and sides! Although not all species of lavender can be eaten, we grow the two species that are commonly used in teas and recipes.
The Lavender X-Intermedias species have more camphor in their oil and are usually not eaten or only used in savory dishes. The Lavender Angustifolias species have sweeter oil and are great for cooking, baking and drinking.
WHAT IS LAVENDER HYDROSOL?
Hydrosols are the pure and natural waters that are produced during the steam distillation of the lavender plant. They are produced during the same distillation process that also extracts the essential oils.
A true hydrosol is made of condensed water captured after steam distillation.
This ingredient is sterile on its own because it has been a hot vapour and almost no microorganisms can tolerate the temperature of steam. The application of steam is a popular sterilization or disinfection method, depending on the duration of contact and vapor pressure.
Hydrosols contain the water-soluble parts of the plant, whereas essential oils are made up of the fat-soluble constituents.
WHAT DOES USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC MEAN?
USDA Certification is a rigorous process that is regulated by many governing bodies that ensure the highest quality growing standards are used. A few things that the USDA Certified Organic designation means:
No GMOs: Genetically Modified Organisms are prohibited in organic products. This means that an organic farmer can't plant GMO seeds and an organic producer can't use any ingredients containing GMOs.
Clean soil: The land where the products are grown must not have had any prohibited substances applied to it for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.
No harmful pesticides: Crop pests, weeds, and diseases are controlled primarily through physical, mechanical and biological efforts. If for some reason these methods are not working, a biological, botanical or synthetic substance that is approved on the National List may be used.
All organic, all the way: Operations must use only organic seeds and other planting material.
USDA certified organic products have strict production and labeling requirements. The U.S. organic industry is regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP), part of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Certified organic products are produced without excluded methods such as genetic engineering or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The organic standards are designed to allow natural substances in organic farming while prohibiting synthetic substances.
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