Essential Oils and the Golden Mean

Essential Oils and the Golden Mean Are there scents that return us to wholeness?  I suspect so—and one of those scents for me is that of lavender essential oil. Not just any lavender essential oil, either! In fact, until we started growing lavender, I wasn’t particularly drawn to lavender’s scent. But when the mounds around our home… 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 »

Great Savings!

Great Savings! This is your chance to save some bucks!  We are selling out our current inventory of Facial Mist, Lots o’ Lavender (10 ounce hydrosol to be discontinued), and a small supply of Lavender essential oil. We offer these products at 30% off their regular price while supplies last. And keep an eye on… Read more »

Distillation Event, July 7, from 8 am to 11 am.

We are almost 1/3 through distillation this year, and this Saturday, July 7, we invite you to join us. Donald will show you how we distill, and we will have special prices on our Biodynamic organic lavender essential oil and hydrosol. For this day only, our 2009 and 2010 Biodynamic organic essential oil will be 60% off… Read more »

Open House June 23, 2012

Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields  Biodynamic Organic estate grown distilled lavender products Open House June 23, 2012 Please join us for a day of tours, talks, sensory delights! Sip our lavender limeade, taste lavender culinary goodies, meet our goats. Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields 10: am to 4:pm 11:am Charlie Toledo, Ex.Director, Suscol Intertribal Council First People’s Sustainable… Read more »

Lot Number Labyrinth 11

 Lot Number Labyrinth 11 Labyrinth after the 2008 fire.   The labyrinth has many stories: The morning after Donald and I laid it out using only a rope and stakes, we found a snake skin, shed overnight, in the center. The labyrinth lavender often distills twice as much oil per pound as the lavender nearby… Read more »

Lot Number Natalie 11

Lot Number Natalie 11 We named this lavender field after our first queen goat Natalie. Natalie was a tiny pygmy goat, very attached to me but reticent about meeting anyone she did not know. She kept order, giving a good butt if another goat (like Boris!) was out of line. She also was the mother… Read more »

Cat Strike!

P.I. relaxing               Cat Strike! What are your problem pests? the Organic System Plan, the many-page form we update yearly, asks. There is no category for “cat”, just “other animals”. As is often the case, P.I., who owns the cool, dark basement storage area, (ideal for storing essential oils… Read more »

Certification Inspection

Certification Inspection The inspector for the certifier Demeter (Biodynamic®) and Stellar Certification Services (organic) arrived Friday to inspect our ranch and records. This is a time we always pull everything together: the scraps of paper that have notes that have not yet been incorporated into the records, the work area for the lavender processing straightened… Read more »

Using Biodynamic Organic Lavender Essential Oil and Hydrosol

Using Biodynamic Organic Lavender Essential Oil and Hydrosol Distilling lavender brings many gifts. When you distill, you get the essence of that plant’s healing properties: the constituents. For lavender, that includes constituents that balance the nervous system. If you need to relax and go to sleep, lavender helps. If you are lethargic, lavender acts as… Read more »