Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lavender Iced Tea is Summer in a Glass


 

The sun is high, the lavender is in full, glorious bloom and the fragrant flower heads dance in the breeze while busy honey bees make their endless rounds from flower to flower.  Summer is ripe at the lavender farm.  What is needed right now is a cold glass of iced tea.  Refreshing - and with a hint of lemon and lavender - it's a perfect summer treat.

 

How to make lavender iced tea...


There are a lot of opinions out there about the "best" way to brew iced tea - sun tea, cold brew, hot steeping, etc...  Whatever your preference the goal is still the same - a nice, cold glass of summer!

Here's our recipe for a simple way to always have a pitcher of lavender iced tea on hand.  

Lavender Rooibos Iced Tea

While any of our organic lavender tea blends brew beautifully hot or cold, our favorite for iced tea is our Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea.  It's an herbal blend of our organic lavender and organic Rooibos.  Rooibos is a naturally sweet, low in tannins, high anti-oxidant herbal tea from South Africa.
  1. Measure : We suggest 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of iced tea.  Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea is a fairly dense tea, so if you prefer a lighter flavor use 3/4 teaspoon per cup.  Secure the loose tea in an infuser or in cheesecloth secured with cotton twine. 
  2. Boil : Bring water to a full, rolling boil.
  3. Infusion : Measure 1/2 cup of hot water per final cup of iced tea and pour over the tea.  This will create an extra strong brew to accommodate the cold water you will add later.  Let it steep for 10-30 minutes depending on how strong you prefer your flavor.
  4. Chill : Remove the tea and add an equal amount of room temperature water.  Decant the room temperature tea into a pitcher and place in refrigerator to chill.
  5. Enjoy : Add some ice, a slice of lemon and put your feet up!

An extra lemony variation...

For a lavender spin on the classic "Arnold Palmer", mix equal parts Lavender Rooibos Iced Tea and Lavender Lemonade.  Maybe we should call it a "Lavender Palmer" or a "Stephen Robins" (in honor of our owner/founder who loves this variation - but don't tell him we told you!).


An adult variation...

After mixing equal parts Lavender Rooibos Iced Tea and Lavender Lemonade, add a splash of vodka, gin or white run and serve the whole deliciousness on ice with a lemon twist and a stalk of fresh lavender.

 

As we mentioned above, Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea is wonderful hot as well.  For those who avoid caffeine, this is a wonderful summer morning beverage when the air is still cool.  Add a small spoonful of our Organic Lavender Honey for a little extra lavender sweetness.  Be sure to lick the spoon off (go ahead and have an extra spoonful straight out of the jar, we won't tell)!



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Our Favorite Natural Lavender Stress Relieving Products for College Students


This generation's high school and college students are arguably faced with more stress than many of those who preceded them.  Back to school for these young adults means more than just moving toward their goals of graduating high school, leaving their childhood home, earning a degree, and becoming independent working adults.

From secondary school and onward, the educational experience has changed dramatically.  There is higher competition for grades and achievements in order to be accepted into college and receive scholarships.  Classrooms often reflect real world environments with the integration of technology in instruction that mimic staff development, peer collaboration and real time evaluations.   Students are stretched for time to complete assignments while participating in extra-school activities, working, getting enough sleep and maintaining social lives in the age of social media.

All of these stresses compound for many students and can manifest in sleeplessness, anxiety and headaches which can sometimes lead to unhealthy options to find rest and comfort.

Fortunately, lavender's wondrous therapeutic attributes are known to aid sleep and promote calming to quiet minds without introducing any toxic "remedies" to the body.  Here are a few of our favorite handcrafted Pelindaba Lavender products for facing the oft grueling days back in the advanced education system.

Our Favorite Natural Lavender Stress Relieving Products for College Students

 

Lavender Stress Ball


Many people find that when they are stressed, they are fidgety and have trouble staying focused on one task - instead running a list of many tasks through their restless mind or find comfort in having something in their hands, like a fidget spinner or something similar.

One great and tried-and-true solution to release this "fidgetiness" is the classic stress ball.  Pelindaba's Lavender Stress Ball is filled with lavender buds that release the calming scent of lavender essential oil when squeezed - which, of course, helps calm and quiet the mind

The physical motion of clutching and releasing the stress ball also focuses the muscles on an activity, which then helps the mind remain on task.  The stress ball can be especially helpful during long periods of testing, nights before big exams or while writing papers.  Another great option is to burn a lavender candle during late night studying.

Organic Lavender Sachet


One of the best known attributes of lavender essential oil is that of helping to quiet the mind for sleep.  An Organic Lavender Sachet tucked under your pillow will help you calm and fall asleep more easily.  To generate more fragrance gently squeeze the sachet which will crush the buds and release more of the fragrant essential oil contained within the buds.  Keeping a few sachets in your pajama drawer and linen closet will not only keep your pillowcases, sheets, and pajamas fresh and insect-free, but will also permeate your textiles with the same aroma that will encourage rest and relaxation during especially stressful seasons of school.

Lavender Lip Therapy


Pelindaba's Lavender Lip Therapy is a great way to discretely reduce anxiety and stress with the calming scent of lavender, with the added benefit of moisture for your lips.  If you tend to bite, chew or lick your lips when concentrating or under pressure, this can be a welcome benefit, especially as we enter into drier, cooler months that can often lead to cold sores and chapped and cracked skin.

Back to School Goodies for College and High School Students

Lavender Room Mist


Refresh your bed or dorm room with the sweet scent of lavender.  Often small enclosed living spaces can develop musty smells due to moisture, lack of ventilation or to more than one person being in the small space.  The fresh floral fragrance of lavender will renew the space and also impart the calming scent of lavender.  Keeping your space fragrant with lavender will help you sleep and also repel insects that are often found in dorm buildings and attracted to those somewhat cramped conditions.  If you are in a dry climate and need more moisture in the air, a humidifier or a sonic diffuser with a few drops of lavender essential oil are great options, too.

Lavender Hand Sanitizer


No one wants to catch common colds or other illnesses.  High densities of students moving through classrooms, halls, dining spaces and common areas enable illness to spread easily and quickly.

To combat illnesses, it is a good practice to have a hand sanitizer readily available for quick use.  Many hand sanitizers use harsh chemicals that are damaging to the skin and are linked to the development of “super bugs”.  It is best to use only natural sanitizing products to prevent worse ailments and eliminate germs.  Pelindaba's Lavender Hand Sanitizer provides the natural antiseptic properties of lavender in a fragrant spray that you will want to use often and will actually help the healing of minor skin abrasions on the hands!

Our Favorite Natural Lavender Stress Relieving Products for College Students

Need more ideas for natural remedies or have a particular woe about going back to school?  Let us know in the comments below - we always love to share stories from our friends to help make your days a little more comfortable and lovely.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Safe and Effective Bug Bite Prevention and Treatment


The great outdoors - from playing in the backyard to backpacking through the backwoods - can also come with great quantities of bugs.  No one enjoys the buzzing and whining and subsequent biting and stinging.  These au naturel irritations can be avoided and treated, however, by the use of some of lavender's longest recorded properties as an insect repellant, antiseptic and topical anesthetic.

Here are our favorites for insect bite prevention and treatment.


Lavender Insect Repellant


Let's start with avoiding pesky bug bites altogether.  But how does one do that and avoid equally unpleasant commercial insect repellants that contain harsh chemicals, are unpleasant to smell, feel sticky on the skin or are harsh to sensitive skin?

A wonderfully effective and all-natural alternative is our Lavender Insect Repellant which contains no harsh chemicals and is effective at repelling mosquitoes, gnats, flies, fleas, etc.  Lavender has long been used as an insect repellant both on the body and in the home.  Pelindaba's organically certified lavender essential oil provides an effective insect repellant that is safe to use on sensitive skin, children and pets.  (Bonus - it smells wonderful!)

It is perfect for all outdoor activities - gardening, hiking, camping, walks on the beach, weddings, parties, concerts, etc.  Available in multiple sizes, pack it for travel and keep a large bottle at home for family-use.


Pelindaba's Lavender Insect Repellant travels far and wide around the world keeping bugs at bay in some of the buggiest places on earth... from Nepal, Hawaii and Africa to Mexico, Florida, California and beyond....  Where do you take your Lavender Insect Repellant?  Share your pictures with #worldwidelavender!



Lavender Treatment Stick


As much as we all try to avoid insect bites, they can still sometimes occur.  Thankfully, there is a way to quickly treat them when you are on-the-go hiking, biking, camping, having picnics in the park or taking trips to the beach.  Pelindaba's Lavender Treatment Stick is a must-have for soothing the minor cuts, abrasions, bug bites and burns of outdoor fun.  Lavender's naturally occurring antiseptic and topical anesthetic properties promote the healing of these skin irritations in an easily applicable stick form that even children can apply themselves.  Keep one with your camping gear and hiking backpack, as well as picnic basket and beach bag.



Fire Ant Bite Treatment


If you reside in an environment shared with little Fire Ants, you know the pain associated with their bites.  Fire Ants can bite simply by walking through your yard or at a playground or park leaving one with painful, burning blisters that can last multiple days.  If you have been unfortunate enough to be bitten, you know the desire for immediate relief from the pain and discomfort.  Pelindaba Lavender offers a Fire Ant Bite Treatment that uses the natural anesthetic and antiseptic properties of lavender to ease the inflammation and pain of these bites.  Pelindaba's natural formulation uses no harsh chemicals and is safe enough to use on the most sensitive skin.  The soothing properties of Pelindaba's Fire Ant Bite Treatment are a must if you live in an area prone to Fire Ants.  Just add a small bottle to picnic baskets, diaper bags, backpacks and purses for quick relief while on-the-go outside.


So, grab your lavender and head out to revel in the great outdoors!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Summer Strawberries with Lavender Whipped Cream


Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the bounty of orchards and berry patches. Lavender pairs especially well with peaches, lemon, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. In sweet desserts, lavender adds a sweet floral (and sometimes a little minty!) flavor and is fantastic in ice cream, sorbets and whipped cream.

Summer Strawberries with Lavender Whipped Cream from Pelindaba Lavender Farm 

Strawberries with Lavender Simple Syrup

 

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh summer strawberries cleaned and sliced
¼ cup Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe below)

Directions:

Stir Lavender Simple Syrup into berries and let rest for 15 min to allow berries to macerate.  Enjoy the simplicity of summer berries with the subtle hint of lavender or spoon over ice cream or pound cake for a more decadent summer treat!  To create a complete lavender dessert, dress the strawberries with Lavender Simple Syrup Whipped Cream.

Summer Strawberries Dessert with Organic Lavender Whipped Cream

Lavender Whipped Cream


Ingredients:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe below)

Lavender Whipped Cream with organic Pelindaba Lavender

Directions:

In a medium bowl, add cream and lavender simple syrup.  Using an electric mixer, beat the cream on high setting for 3-5 minutes until peaks form when a spoon is pulled from cream.  Do not over-beat the cream or the texture will not be smooth and the taste will become buttery.  Enjoy the whipped cream by itself (we do!) or spooned over berries!


Organic Lavender Simple Syrup

 

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Organic Culinary Lavender

Lavender Simple Syrup for lavender flavor


Directions:

In a small sauce pan, combine water and sugar.  Heat over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat.  Add lavender in a tea infuser to the heated syrup and let steep.  If you do not have a tea infuser, add the lavender to the hot syrup, then strain the syrup through a fine mesh colander when cooled.  Remove lavender when the syrup has completely cooled.  You now have a delicious syrup ready to be added to your favorite summer fruit, lemonade, juice, coffee, tea, cocktail or cider!

Lavender Whipped Cream recipe

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Our Favorite Lavender Products for Traveling


Summer can be an exciting time full of outdoor adventures and exciting escapes - but it can also be a time of bustle and stressful travel.  Hours spent in airports, public transportation and hotel reception desks can sometimes also bring the unwanted irritability that can come when being faced with impolite staff, crowded spaces and mild sleep deprivation.

Travel Uses for Lavender

Lavender can help you combat some of these seasonal woes with its therapeutic attributes, but this powerful plant has so many other incredible properties that make it ideal for a plethora of other uses that come in handy whether you're at home, work or on holiday.

Here are some of our favorite go-to travel stress remedies and how we like to use them:

Travel with lavender

#1 Lavender Treatment Stick

A potent solution (and carry-on size ready!) for taking on the plane and off.  The natural antiseptic and powerful topical anesthetic properties of lavender essential oil have been known for centuries, making it a standard for treating cuts, abrasions and especially burns.  It also has a long tradition of topical use in soothing headaches, joint aches, sprains, bruises, etc.  The convenient stick delivery system of our Lavender Treatment Stick makes for easy application and portability.  Carry it in the car and purse, take it on the place, hiking, camping, boating, etc.!

Travel with Pelindaba's Organic Lavender Essential Oil and Lavender Treatment Stick

#2 Organic Lavender Essential Oil in Roll-On Bottle

Another incredibly versatile and handy little bottle.  Roll across your temples to reduce stress on the flight (and help promote an inflight nap!).  Run across your wrists or décolletage instead of your usual eau de toilette or perfume before a night on the town.  Use as a solvent to remove sap (camping under trees!) or tar (beach time!) from feet.  Use it as a topical anesthetic for burns, bee stings, bug bites, and abrasions.  So many things!  Discover more of what Lavender Essential Oil can do.

Travel with Pelindaba's Organic Lavender Essential Oil

#3 Lavender Linen Water

On the car upholstery before a long drive, on towels by the pool, on everything in your suitcase, on the hotel pillow, on complimentary robes and towels... and a personal favorite: a light spritz on your travel wear (travel pillow or summer scarf) to help relax on the plane!  Remember that this bottle is 4oz so you will have to apply it before you check it into your luggage if flying.

#4 Lavender Hand and Body Lotion

Easy hydration on-the-go.  Bonus - if you're short on aloe vera and have a little sun burn, we find that this lightweight moisturizer feels very nice.  Lavender's healing and antibacterial properties come in handy in this instance as well!

Travel with Pelindaba's Lavender Linen Water and Lavender Lotion

#5 Lavender Hand Sanitizer

Pelindaba's alcohol-free, Lavender Hand Sanitizer spray brings together the natural sanitizing, soothing and nourishing qualities of Pelindaba's own organic lavender, witch hazel and aloe vera.  The natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of lavender provide a welcome alternative to the synthetic chemical cleansers found in most other hand sanitizers.

Travel with Pelindaba's Lavender Hand Sanitizer

#6 Lavender Travel Tin Candle

Our tin travel candle is a trusty sidekick to freshen your travel accommodations.  Choosing to use natural soy wax rather than the traditional petroleum-based wax makes these candles particularly appealing to those seeking the clean burning fragrance of lavender essential oil with all its relaxing therapeutic properties.

Travel with Pelindaba's Lavender Travel Tin Candle



Bonus... Organic Lavender Chamomile Tea

A nice warm cup of tea at the end of a long day full of walking and over-stimulation is a great way to unwind the body and mind to slip into sleep.  In a hotel, a backpacking tent, on the interstate or even poolside (served up on ice, of course!) we love this mild sweet floral tea anywhere our days lead us.

We hope you find this list useful no matter where your travels take you this summer!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Lavender Is In Bloom - Let's Have a Party!

 

18th Annual
San Juan Island Lavender Festival


San Juan Island Lavender Festival

You are invited to come celebrate all things lavender with us at the farm July 20 - 21, 2019.  The fields will be at their "peak of purpleness", the sun will be shining (hopefully!) and everything will be about lavender!

San Juan Island Lavender Festival

 

Come See Lavender...

Tours and exhibits survey the entire process – from field to finished product. The fields are open for strolling, relaxing and breathtaking photo ops.

San Juan Island Lavender Festival

Come Smell Lavender...

The cutting field is open for visitors to harvest their own bouquets of certified organic lavender from the many varieties in bloom.

San Juan Island Lavender Festival

Come Hear Lavender...

Demonstrations cover topics such as lavender cultivation, harvesting, essential oil distillation, history & uses, cooking with lavender with local Chef Anna Maria (there will be tasting samples!) and more.

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Come Touch Lavender...

The craft tent is open all day long in the fields for adults and children to make beautiful wands, wreaths, crowns and more.

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The San Juan Island Lavender Festival is very family friendly with lots of free kid's activities to engage the senses.

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The Lavender Herbal Wreath Workshop will be coming back this year!  Taught by one of our own talented artisans, you'll create your own 16" large herbal wreath with organic lavender and other island-grown herbs and learn how to tie our beautiful Pelindaba Lavender bows.  Lavender refreshments will be served during the workshop! Space is limited and cost is $50 - email us today to reserve your spot!

https://www.facebook.com/paellassanjuan/ Come Taste Lavender...

Our lavender ice cream, lavender lemonade and lavender iced tea and coffee are always big hits – not to mention our lavender baked goods! Island-style picnic lunches provided by Paellas San Juan and Tina’s Tacos and local libations will be available all day long in the fields.

https://tinas-tacos.com/


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The festive weekend will culminate in a Farm to Table Dinner in the blooming fields at sunset.  Coho Restaurant's extraordinary culinary team will feature the flavors of the summer season, drawing ingredients from local San Juan Island farms with a touch of culinary lavender from the surrounding fields.  Sunday, July 21st - Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your tickets today!

We'll be joined by many local artists who will have their work on display and for sale in the fields. Local musicians (Katura Marimba, Kubatana Marimba and Erandolin Strings Celtic Band) will be serenading us throughout the day and Lavendera Massage will be providing relaxing treatments amongst the flowers.

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San Juan Island Lavender Festival

Be sure to bring your sunscreen and camera! Parking and admission are FREE.  Dogs are welcome on leash.

San Juan Island Lavender Festival

If this is your first time coming to the San Juan Islands, be sure to checkout these helpful travel tips to aid your planning.  Whether you want to learn everything you can about this amazing plant or just need a bit of frolicking through the fields, we look forward to seeing you at the lavender festival!

San Juan Island Lavender Festival

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lavender Honey Mustard Shrimp with Dipping Sauce and Summer Pelindaba Tomatoes


The spicy boldness of stone ground mustard pairs beautifully with fish, shrimp and crab - and is the secret ingredient to some of the best crab cakes, fish, and sauces of New Orleans!  Our own small-batch Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard on grilled shrimp or salmon will create a "wow" factor that will surely impress your guests at your next summer soiree.

Lavender Honey Mustard Shrimp with Dipping Sauce

Fresh, perfectly ripe tomatoes are perhaps the ingredient that best makes the statement that summer is here!  Vine-ripened tomatoes appear at picnic tables throughout the summer and can be dressed to impress or kept simply sliced.  Either way, tomatoes are magnificent!  Pelindaba Lavender Gourmet Pepper and Pelindaba Lavender Gourmet Salt add the perfect amount of savory and herbal flavors to highlight the natural flavors of the perfect summer tomato.

Recipes below... is your mouth watering yet?

Summer Tomatoes with Organic Gourmet Lavender

Grilled Lavender Honey Mustard Shrimp

 

Ingredients:

1 pound cleaned shrimp
½ cup Pelindaba Lavender's Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard

 

Directions:

Place shrimp and ¼ cup Lavender Honey Mustard in a bowl and fully coat the shrimp.  Skewer the shrimp with grilling skewers.

Lavender Honey Mustard Shrimp with Dipping Sauce

Over a medium grilling temperature, cook shrimp and brush on remaining ¼ cup of Honey Mustard while grilling.  Shrimp will be fully cooked when they form a C shape.  Each grill is different and has cool and hot spots, so you know your grill and cooking time the best.

Lavender Honey Mustard Shrimp on the grill

To up the wow factor, top the shrimp with crumbled bacon on your serving plate or serve with Pelindaba Honey Mustard dipping sauce.  Recipe below.

Lavender Honey Mustard Shrimp

 

Lavender Dipping Sauce

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Pelindaba Lavender's Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard
½ cup mayonnaise
1 diced green onion
salt and pepper to taste

Lavender Dipping Sauce made with Lavender Honey Mustard

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a small bowl and you are ready to dip!

Lavender Dipping Sauce made with Lavender Honey Mustard

Perfect Summer Pelindaba Tomatoes

 

Ingredients:

1 sliced tomato seasoned with Pelindaba Lavender Pepper and Pelindaba Lavender Salt

Ripe Tomatoes with Lavender Salt and Pepper 

If you wanted to dress the tomato further, add a drizzle of olive oil or crumble of feta, goat cheese or bacon on top!  Summer tomatoes are at their best when kept simple so that the flavors of ingredients can really shine.

Ripe Tomatoes with Lavender Salt and Pepper

Enjoy!