Spraying Fermented Equisetum Tea

Spraying Fermented Equisetum Tea Another of our past blogs on the use of a Biodynamic spray— which works wonders! From here on through the growing season, twice a month, new and full moon, we will be spraying the agricultural areas of our ranch with a fermented version of equisetum tea, BD 508. You can read… Read more »

There Must Be a Blessing…

There must be a blessing… We are including some of our older blogs on the meaning of the lot numbers. The following blog was from a couple of years ago, when we did our last harvest of Lot Sophia. However, we have replanted and many of you have received her bouquets this year, young, long stems… Read more »

Labyrinth: Age Old Path of Wholeness

Labyrinth: Age Old Path of Wholeness One of the first things Donald and I did when we moved to our current home was to plant a seven-circuit labyrinth. We laid out the pattern with a string and some stakes, swinging arcs in prescribed ways. We then laid irrigation line in the beds, and planted lavender… Read more »

Harms Dried Lavender and Rancho Gordo Beans Recipe

Harms Dried Lavender Rancho Gordo Royal Corona Beans Recipe We love Rancho Gordo beans at Harms, and fall is the perfect time to cook them.  You can put these beans in a crock pot in the morning (perfect weeknight time saver!) with your favorite herbs and water and they come out great every time.  You don’t… Read more »

Food is Medicine: Cooking with Dried Herbs

Food is Medicine: Cooking with Dried Herbs By: Cristin McDonnell As a student of Ayurveda, I have become very aware of the healing properties of plants. I use many high quality herbs in capsules, but I also use fresh and dried herbs in drinks and in cooking. I say this from a perspective that when… Read more »

IPA’S and the Antibacterial Properties of Lavender

IPA’S and the Antibacterial Properties of Lavender By: Cristin McDonnell California is known as the Golden State, but what it should really be called is the BYOB state. Yes, Bring Your Own Beer! Not being from this state, I am learning that it is best you check out if an event or restaurant will be… Read more »

Five Ways Essential Oils Deter Mosquitoes

Five Ways Essential Oils Deter Mosquitoes An important use  for our Biodynamic organic lavender essential oil is to deter mosquitoes. Mosquitoes and other insects hate the scent, and you can rest assured that you are not poisoning yourself—or your child—when you use it. I think of it as a non-violent approach to what can be a very annoying situation at… Read more »

Healing, the Archetypes, and Patterns of Wholeness

Healing, the Archetypes, and Patterns of Wholeness Carl Jung said healing happens when one is put in right relationship to the archetypes—or patterns of wholeness. All true healing systems incorporate the process of putting the patient back in touch with these patterns. My spiritual teacher, Norma T., whose teachings I discuss much more fully in… Read more »

Lavender Hydrosol: A Cosmetic Superstar

Cristin McDonnell has studied Ayurvedic medicine and brings her interest in healing to our work here at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields. This is one of a series of her blogs on healing. I tend to get very excited about all of the healing properties and health benefits of lavender, that I take the cosmetic… Read more »

Lavender, WW I, and My Grandmother

Lavender, WW I, and My Grandmother  Cristin McDonnell has studied Ayurvedic medicine and brings her interest in healing to our work here at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields. This is one of a series of her blogs on healing. Moving to California has certainly opened new doors in terms of thinking about my family. It… Read more »