Monday, May 11, 2020

Non-Toxic Alternatives for Spring Cleaning at Home


How is your "Spring Cleaning" list coming along?  If your list doesn't have as many tasks crossed off as you'd like, we can help.


Cleaning shouldn't come with worry about the products you are using.  The home care products we make at our farm contain no dyes, synthetics, preservatives, perfumes or other undesirable ingredients.  We are committed to the health and well-being of our families and yours.  For that reason we use only naturally-sourced ingredients, produce in small batches and maintain tight quality control throughout the entire process from raw material to finished product.


If your cleaning supplies consisted of only two essentials, they would have to be Organic Lavender Hydrosol and Lavender Household Cleanser.  With these two products you can tackle almost every project from dusting, windows, floors and counters to sinks, tubs and toilets.

For air freshening, carpet care, closets and drawers our Lavender Carpet Freshener and Organic Lavender Sachets are our favorites.  They are much safer than chemical-based solutions and bring the fragrance of blooming lavender fields in summer to your living space.

Don't forget the lavender soap!  At the kitchen sink, in the powder room, in the shower or at work - we have a soap for you.  Washing hands is more important than ever, but it doesn't have to be unpleasant or drying.  Our lavender soaps take advantage of lavender's antiseptic properties in a formulation full of naturally moisturizing oils.

Take a peak at the contents of your cleaning cupboard.  If you are getting low on supplies or are wanting effective natural cleaning options, place a re-stocking order of lavender cleaning products so that you can get back to crossing off your list.  There aren't many things more satisfying than a list that is fully crossed off...except for a clean, fresh and fragrant home!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mother's Day Art Project For Kids


Do you have any little ones at home?  Here's a creative project inspired by our blooming lavender fields at the height of summer to spark their imaginations and create a beautiful "Happy Mother's Day" picture for Mom or Grandma.

  

Instructions for the artist:
  • Pretend you are an artist visiting a sweet-smelling lavender farm during the summer.  The sun is shining, a breeze is making the lavender flowers dance about, there goes a butterfly!  Did you see it?
  • Pull out your favorite crayons, colored pencils or markers and create a beautiful picture of a lavender farm in summer for Mom.  
  • There are 3 different views of the farm to choose from — or color them all for Mom.  
  • Have fun!  She will love your beautiful work of art!

https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Butterfly-Coloring-Page.pdf  https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Bee-Coloring-Page.jpg  https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Pear-Tree-Coloring-Page.pdf

Click on the image above to download lavender coloring pages.




Monday, April 27, 2020

Lavender Self-Care Kit


In our fast-paced, on-demand society it can be hard to find stillness and quiet.  Demands on our time and attention can be unrelenting and seem to come from all sides.  From the details of daily life to the state of our global community it can, at times, be all together a lot to process.  Sometimes we just need a break...a few moments to intentionally pause the day's activities and cares and just be still and quiet. 

Where to start?  We've put together a lavender self-care kit to provide 30 minutes of rest and relaxation using 5 of the lavender products we handcraft at our farm.  Of course, 30 minutes is just a suggest.  Take as much time as you want!

Click here to see all the lavender self-care kit product details - pick and choose, all or some, to create your moments of lavender calm.

Lavender Self-Care Kit from Pelindaba Lavender Farm

1. Lavender Foot Soak


Our Lavender Foot Soak is a blending of the organic lavender flowers and essential oil we produce at the farm, Epsom salt and solar-dried salts to provide a time-honored treatment for sore feet.  You'll need a basin or tub large enough for your feet to rest comfortably, warm or hot water and a towel.  After heating the water to your preferred temperature, sprinkle a handful or two of the Lavender Foot Soak into the basin and feel the tension and aching in the feet drift away.

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Foot Soak

2. Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea


Of course any of our organic lavender tea blends will provide stress-relief in a wonderfully refreshing beverage, but for this self-care treatment we prefer our original Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea blend.  It combines full-bodied flavor, soothing calm and a little "pick me up" to carry us into the rest of the day.  All of our lavender teas are loose leaf, so you'll need an infuser to brew a cup to your taste preference.   

 3. Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies


Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies - need we say more?  If chocolate isn't your thing, how about some Lavender Shortbread?  We bake both of these tasty treats at the farm using our organic culinary lavender.  They are bite-sized, so it's ok to have a few (and a few more!).

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Tea and Lavender Cookies

4. Lavender Eye Pillow


Our Lavender Eye Pillows are sewn by local San Juan Island artisans and filled with our own farm-grown blend of organically certified lavender buds, heavy with fragrance.  Combined with dust-free rice to provide weight, these pillows provide practically instant stress relief

Tip - These lavender pillows can be cooled in a freezer (be sure to seal them in a plastic bag before putting them in the freezer to preserve the aroma) or heated in a microwave depending on the preferred treatment.  Before applying to the eyes, gently squeeze the pillow to break open the organic lavender buds to release their soothing essential oils.

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Eye Pillow

5. Lavender Body Butter


After soaking, thoroughly moisturize your feet with Lavender Body Butter.  Organic shea butter, jojoba oil, rosemary oil extract, vitamin E and, of course, our organic lavender essential oil provide luxurious moisture and irresistible fragrance. 

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Body Butter

It's time to schedule some self-care for yourself or a loved one.  It might be hard to carve out the time, but it's worth it!

Create a peaceful space (turn off the phone and maybe turn on some calming music), heat up some water, brew some tea and take 30 minutes to let your body, mind and heart rest.  Leisurely sip your tea, indulge in something sweet, wiggle your toes in the soothing soak,  close your eyes and just breathe...

Click here to see all the lavender self-care kit product details - pick and choose, all or some, to create your moments of lavender calm.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!)


Feeling down?  A little blue?  It's remarkable how cleaning one's living space can lift one's mood and bring a sense of calm and peace to the day.  We aren't talking about slaving away all day to deep-clean the house from top to bottom.  Just 5-10 minutes to tackle one job can make a big difference.  (Of course, if you have the time to do a full "Spring Cleaning", go for it!)

For those 5-10 minute jobs, here's a list of ideas to get you started using our all-natural Lavender Household Cleanser and Organic Lavender Hydrosol.  We make these two home cleaning essentials at our farm using only a few non-toxic ingredients — no dyes, synthetics, preservatives, perfumes or anything else undesirable.  The health and well-being of our families and yours are paramount when we make these home care products.

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!) - Lavender Household Cleanser

Quick Jobs for Lavender Household Cleanser

  • Kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • Toilet bowls
  • Tubs
  • Tile grout

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!) - Lavender Household Cleanser

Quick Jobs for Organic Lavender Hydrosol

  • Counters
  • Windows
  • Dusting
  • Floors
  • Appliances (including the inside of the refrigerator)
  • Mirrors

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!) - Organic Lavender Hydrosol

Remember, you don't have to do everything all at once.  That can certainly be overwhelming! 

Creating a weekly chore list can be helpful in organizing necessary cleaning tasks.  Chose a job or two each day or divide up your house by room and tackle a different one each day.  Be sure to note your daily cleaning tasks on your calendar to help keep you on track.  (It's perfectly OK to use gold stars if that is a helpful motivator - whatever it takes!)

A little bit goes a long way when it comes to creating and maintaining your home as a haven from the stresses of daily life.

Monday, March 30, 2020

How to Care for Lavender Before Planting


If you have picked up a few plants from your local nursery (or plan to!), but have not yet broken ground to plant them, we've put together some tips for keeping your precious lavender starts healthy in the interim. 


There are over 40 species of lavender and over 400 varieties of lavender.  From a landscaping perspective the range of blooming time, size, flower color, shape, fragrance and foliage color is thrilling.  No matter your garden size, color scheme or style, there is likely a lavender that will fit in beautifully.

 

Lavender starts are most commonly sold in 4", 6" (quart) and gallon pots.  The size you start with is entirely up to you.  A 4" start will usually take about 3 years to reach it's mature size.  Larger sizes will take less time, of course, but are usually about twice the price.

Nurseries and growers usually plant lavender in a water-retaining potting mix with a bit of mulch on top to help retain water prior to planting.  It is important to keep lavender moist, but not soggy, while it is awaiting planting.  Check the dampness of the soil every other day by sticking your finger into the soil about 1/2 an inch.  If it feels dry, give it a good watering.  Another way to check is to lift the pot.  If it feels light it's probably drying out and in need of water.

It's important to allow the water to drain.  Lavender does not like to sit in water.  Avoid using a tray to capture the water that comes out of the holes in the bottom of the pot.  Allow it to drain away whenever you water.


Full sun is necessary for lavender to thrive in pots prior to planting and in the ground.  Keep lavender starts outside in full light as much as is possible before you plant them.  If you live in a cold area that can experience spring freezes, keep your starts up against your house or garage in a protected area or in a garage next to a window that receives lots of light.


To keep your lavender starts happy and healthy before planting, be sure to keep them:
  • well-watered and well-drained
  • in full light
  • protected from freezing

When you are ready to plant them, be sure to review our lavender growing tips for successful lavender cultivation in-ground and in-pot.

We love talking about lavender.  If you have specific questions about growing lavender (or pruning lavender!), we would be delighted to answer them in the comments below.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe


Spring is one of our favorite times of year at the farm.  After months of dormancy, everything starts to wake up — the birds start singing again, the frogs start chirping, the grass starts growing and the lavender fields begin showing evidence of green new growth.

Everywhere new life is appearing, including tasty things like asparagus!  For spring eating, this simple (vegan) recipe will bring a fresh brightness to the table.

Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe

How to make Lavender Lemon Asparagus

Ingredients:


Ingredients Needed for Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe

Step 1:

Wash and dry the asparagus.  Snap the tough end off each stalk by grasping the end and middle of the stalk and bending until it naturally breaks.  Each stalk will likely break at a slightly different point depending on the thickness of the stalk.  Don't worry if some are much shorter than others.  Snapping off the tough ends will create a much more pleasurable eating experience.  After snapping, arrange the stalks on a baking sheet.

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Step 2:

Lightly drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and roll the asparagus to thoroughly coat each stalk.

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Step 3:

Season the oiled asparagus generously with Lavender Gourmet Salt & Pepper.

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Step 4:

The last step before baking is to drizzle the stalks with the juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon (or more if you like a strong lemon presence).

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Step 5:

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit until tender.  Serve warm.  Just prior to serving add a light misting of more lemon juice for brightness.

Enjoy this taste of spring for dinner, lunch or even breakfast!

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Monday, March 2, 2020

Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aids


A good night's rest is a wonderful, but sometimes elusive experience.  If you find deep sleep difficult to find, here are 3 of our favorite sleep aids that are easy to incorporate into your nightly bedtime rituals.
  • Lavender Aromatherapy Candle
  • Lavender Linen Water
  • Lavender Body Butter

Our Favorite Natural Sleep Aid - Lavender

Lavender Aromatherapy Candle


Clean-burning soy wax is the base for this fragrant candle that is infused with our own farm-distilled organic lavender essential oil.  (We never use synthetic 'fragrances' or 'essences' which simply provide scent but none of the natural aromatherapeutic properties of pure essential oil straight from the flowers.)

As you begin your bedtime preparations, light a Lavender Aromatherapy Candle on your nightstand to infuse the room with the calming and soothing properties of lavender.  Be sure to trim the wick before lighting for the cleanest burn.

The convenient tin presentation is also perfect for travel to freshen accommodations and maintain your soothing pre-sleep routine.

Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aid Lavender Aromatherapy Candle

Lavender Linen Water


The next simple step to add to your nighttime ritual is spritzing your bed linens with Lavender Linen Water.  Gently spritzing pillows and sheets will bring the relaxing and sleep-inducing effects of lavender essential oil to your place of repose.  This centuries-old practice is an excellent way to help fall back to sleep if you are woken during the night as well.

Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aid Lavender Linen Water

We are often asked if Lavender Linen Water will stain linens.  Ours will not because it contains only pure essential oil.  Lavender essential oil is an aromatic oil that completely evaporates, so it will not stain anything.

Lavender Linen Water Farm Made by Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Lavender Body Butter


Finally, as you get into bed and pull the covers up, take a few minutes to massage Lavender Body Butter into your hands and mentally transition out of the day's activities and cares.  This luxurious cream will benefit the hands with a nighttime's worth of moisturization and provide you with an on-skin aromatherapy treatment to help you drift off even more readily.

If time allows or the need arises, use a little on your lips, elbows, knees and feet or anywhere that requires some extra care.
 
Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aid Lavender Body Butter


Now that you are well-moisturized and enveloped in the relaxing fragrance of pure lavender, blow out the Lavender Aromatherapy Candle, turn off the light, close your eyes and picture yourself drifting off to sleep in blooming fields of lavender.

The overall health and well-being benefits of being fully rested are well worth taking a few extra moments each evening to prepare for sleep.  These simple steps with our favorite sleep aids are wonderfully easy to add to your and your family's nightly routines.  Here's to good sleep for all!

And one final tip — replace the lid of the Lavender Aromatherapy Candle when it is extinguished to trap the smoke inside the tin so that it doesn't mingle with the delicate lavender aroma that has infused your bedroom.

 Sleep tight!