Distillation is about Essence

Collecting unfilteredd lavender essential oil after distillation


Donald is distilling lavender, and it is not a process for the young!

In chemist/philosopher Primo Levi’s words,  “…it is a slow, philosophic, and silent occupation, which keeps you busy but gives you time to think about other things…” a process whereby “you acquire the consciousness of repeating a ritual consecrated by the centuries, almost a religious act, in which…you obtain the essence…(The Periodic Table, 56-57).

Our plants are old. This year we will replant Sophia, that field by the site of the Open House, and so it is especially meaningful to get this last harvest of essential oil developed over these 14 years.