Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Distilling Season

It's been a busy distilling season. While at Mountainside Lavender I managed to distill 10 batches of Lavandin. The yield from each batch was approximately 2.5 pounds of oil, and lots of hydrosols. Hood River Lavender had a fun Lavender festival. There was wine, music and lots of boots selling hand made products. The weather was perfect. I had a table offering our hand hammered copper Alembic distillers. I also managed to distill some of our "Population Lavender" this is lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) which was grown from seed. Because the lavender was grown from seed, there is quite a bit of genetic diversity in the plants. Most lavender farms grow their lavender from clones, which offers no genetic diversity. The resulting oil from our genetically diverse crop is exquisite. We sell this beautiful essential oil here. Later this week I will be distilling Sacred White Sage

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