Monday, January 9, 2023

Why Shea Butter and Lavender are our Favorites for Natural Skincare


All living things thrive or decline by their level of hydration. Our skin is no different. Well-hydrated skin that receives regular care will thrive. The natural world is filled with many plant-based substances that contain powerful moisturization properties. One of our favorites is Shea Butter.

Over the last two decades working with this remarkable natural moisturizer, we have come to deeply appreciate its efficacy and its versatility for all skin types and all skin ages.

Why Lavender and Shea Butter are our Favorites for Natual Skincare

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is a solid, fatty oil that comes from the nuts of the Shea or Karité trees (Vitellaria paradoxa). These trees are native to the Sahel region of central Africa extending from West to East Africa and almost all shea butter still comes from this area. The nuts are crushed and boiled to extract the natural butter and then filtered to remove impurities, bits of husk and the like.

It naturally contains high amounts of Vitamin A and E to protect and repair skin, several types of fatty acids — including lineoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids — to help the skin retain moisture and elasticity, and it's phenolic compound profile is very similar to that of green tea, making it an effective antioxidant as well.

All About Shea Butter for Natual Skincare All About Shea Butter for Natual Skincare


Shea butter has held a highly respected place in daily life — skincare and beauty preparations, medicine, and cooking (it is non-toxic and edible) — for thousands of years. It has been used, and still is, in applications such as: waterproofing, hairdressing, candle-making, instrument making to increase the durability of the wood, cooking as a vegan oil, and skin moisturizing, healing and general protection.

For centuries shea butter has been referred to as “women’s gold” not only for its rich golden color during the extraction process, but also because it is primarily a women's industry, providing employment and income to millions of strong women throughout Africa and by extension benefiting their families and communities.

All About Lavender and Shea Butter for Natual Skincare All About Lavender and Shea Butter for Natual Skincare


While certainly versatile in its uses, let's focus on shea butter's skincare benefits as these are most personally experienced. Some of these uses may be more applicable to some, but we firmly believe that shea butter is for all skin.

Skin Care Benefits of Shea Butter:

  • Highly moisturizing and skin softening

  • Helps skin retain moisture and improves elasticity due to the presence of mulitple naturally-occuring fatty acids (lineoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acid)

  • Improves skin's ability to absorb moisture — it melts upon skin contact and when fully absorbed does not leave the skin looking or feeling oily

  • Reduces the potential for scars, stretch marks and dark spots as a result of its high vitamin content

  • Improves eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis while being non-comedogenic (it will not block pores)

  • Repairs cracked heals, lips and cuticles

  • Soothes dry, itchy scalp skin while alleviating dandruff

As is often said.... "Every recipe is better with a little butter." When it comes to shea butter, the same is true of your skincare routine.

For all these marvelous reasons, shea butter is an integral ingredient in several of the skincare products we handcraft at the farm. The powerful skin-benefiting properties of shea butter dovetail beautifully with the equally powerful and naturally-occuring antiseptic, non-comedogenic, topical anesthetic, aromatherapy, sedative and solvent properties in our organic lavender essential oil.

Winter, spring, summer and fall the weather takes a toll on the skin. Adding shea butter and lavender to your skincare routine can keep your skin smooth, soft and supple all year long.

Lavender and Shea Butter Skin Care Products

For an extra dose of skin therapy, our Rejuvenating Lavender Green Tea Skincare Mask or our Moisturizing and Gentle Exfoliating Lavender Honey Oat Scrub for Face and Lips make for luxurious at-home spa experiences.
 

Note: Although there is no evidence that shea butter is a common allergen, if you have a severe tree nut allergy it would be best to consult your physician.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Lavender Kissing Ball

When we think of holiday affection a sprig of mistletoe probably springs to mind first, but a holiday kissing ball is a far older holiday decor tradition. With roots in the Middle Ages, when bundles of evergreens were hung over doorways as a focus for blessing and goodwill to all who walked beneath, they flourished in Victorian England when all manner of festive foliage was added and single people would line up below for a kiss from an eligible suitor. It was at this point that mistletoe was added and as fashions ebbed and flowed it become the primary beacon for holiday kisses.

Kissing balls are making a well-deserved comeback and we are delighted! They offer a spherical decor twist to the common wreath and swag that feels both modern and nostalgic. Since lavender is, of course, our material of choice, we made one entirely of our dried lavender flowers and love it! Its elegance, simplicity, and pure, fresh fragrance are uniquely festive for the holidays and year-round.

If you are feeling crafty, scroll down for a quick tutorial to make your own Lavender Kissing Ball.

  How to Make a Lavender Kissing Ball

How to make a Lavender Kissing Ball


You'll need:

  • Foam sphere (the size is entirely up to you, we used a 5 inch sphere)
  • Ribbon (we used a 3/4" cream satin ribbon, but select the color and style that appeals to you)
  • Paperclip
  • Scissors
  • A wooden skewer, small dowel or similar
  • Dried lavender flower stalks

A note about dried lavender flower stalks... We used approximately 8 of our Organic Lavender Bouquets for this project. The variety in this bouquet is Lavandula x intermedia "Grosso". As this project is an investment in time, we wanted to be sure that we were using lavender that will retain it's color well and remain sturdy for many years. Grosso is perfect for this project as keeps it's deep violet hue when dried and will not crumble readily. Incidentally, this is the same lavender variety we use for our lavender wreaths and wands.

Step 1 — Using a wooden skewer, create a narrow tunnel through the foam ball. 

Step 2 — Fold your ribbon in half and push the fold through the tunnel using the wooden skewer until a loop pokes out the bottom of the foam ball.

Step 3 — Secure the paperclip through the loop. Pull the two tails of ribbon taught on the other side and tie them together to create a hanging loop.

How to Make a Lavender Kissing Ball

Step 4 — Start processing the dried lavender flower stalks by cutting or snapping the stalks off 1/4 - 1/2 inch below the buds and sticking the ends gently into the foam. Start from the paperclip and work around the sphere from there, keeping the depth of the lavender consistent. 

Step 5 — Once the ball becomes too unwieldy to hold, hang the ball from the loop on top and work up the sides and top. After the ball is fully covered in lavender, you could add an additional bow to the top if you want or leave it sleek and simple like we did. Find a place to display your stunning lavender kissing ball and pucker up!

How to Make a Lavender Kissing Ball

Give yourself time. While it's easy enough to construct, it does take time. Make a cup of hot chocolate and put on your favorite holiday movie and enjoy the creative process!

Note on storage: If you don't plan to display your lavender kissing ball all year, use 3 wooden skewers to create a tripod for the ball to stand on in storage. Gently poke the wooden skewers into the ball between the lavender flowers equal distances apart at an angle that will allow the ball to sit atop them securely. Place the ball and tripod in a bubble wrap lined box with tall sides so that it cannot tip over. Keep out of direct sunlight for the best longevity.

How to make a Lavender Ball Garland for your home

Crafting with lavender brings to the fore lavender's aesthetic and aromatic attributes. Visually, lavender is a wonderfully versatile plant that can seamlessly transition between both elegant and rustic looks. It's calming and pleasant fragrance is a delight to experience during the crafting project and long after. Let's create something beautiful and sweetly-scented with this fun and simple DIY project!
 
How to make a Lavender Ball Garland for your home
 

Lavender Ball Garland


Supplies:

  • Dried lavender buds
  • Basic white crafting glue
  • Paint brush
  • Small foam balls
  • Wood skewers
  • Small bowl
  • Twine, cord or ribbon
     
How to make a Lavender Ball Garland for your home 
 
A note about lavender buds... We used some left over lavender buds from last year's harvest. This project is a great way to use up dried buds from your own garden or you can always order some from our organic lavender fields.
 

Step 1 — Fill the small bowl with lavender buds and insert a wooden skewer through each foam ball so that you have something secure to grasp.

Step 2 — Apply basic white craft glue to the ball and spread it with a paint brush to fully coat the ball. A generous coating will help the buds adhere, but avoid so much glue that it is dripping.

How to make a Lavender Ball Garland for your home 
 
Step 3 — Roll the glue-coated ball in the dried lavender buds until fully coated and no foam is visible.

How to make a Lavender Ball Garland for your home 
 
Step 3 — Stand the wooden skewers up in a vase and allow the lavender balls to dry overnight.

Step 4 — Once dried, gently remove the wooden skewers and string the balls on your preferred twine, cord or ribbon. If you find the balls are slipping too much, add a little glue to the holes in the lavender balls to secure the balls and twine.

Hang your lavender ball garland anywhere you like to add a little organic elegance and sweet fragrance to your home. For a different look, skip the garland and display the lavender balls in a clear vase or a shallow bowl.

This is a fun DIY craft project to do with kids. You can vary the foam ball size and add in other colorful dried florals for added flare. Dried rose, calendula and cornflower petals complement lavender well. Happy crafting!

How to make a Lavender Ball Garland for your home

 

Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper


'Tis the season of festive gatherings around the table with friends and family. From intimate holiday dinners to large parties, there is much hosting happening this time of year. For our gatherings this year we are creating a festive tablescape with just a few key materials to create an elegant, fresh look. 
 
Come take a look at our table and fill your plate with some lavender holiday decorating inspiration!

Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper


Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper



When creating a color and texture palette, less is often more. Restricting the palette can make the overall look more cohesive and visually powerful. For our holiday table, we have confined our palette to only a few color and textural elements and then repeat them throughout the look.

Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper   Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper

For our foundation we used an oatmeal linen runner. We chose a light color to both bounce light and to set the stage for our more colorful elements. Creating contrast this way, with a runner or tablecloth, helps our focal elements visually pop.

Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper

The primary naturals in our tablescape are fresh juniper, tree trunk rounds and dried lavender, of course! Limiting our palette to just three naturals allows us to create visual play through repetition and volume. We repeated these three elements throughout to carry the eye and create visual interest along the entire table.

We chose fresh juniper for its soft, dusty blue-green color and sinuous texture to complement and bring out the blue-violet in the dried lavender. The texture and scale of the tree trunk rounds provide color echoing with our wooden table and actual weight and height to our overall look.
 
Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper
 
Our accents consist of large pine cones (not the cinnamon ones from the grocery store!) and a variety of light wood, gold and clear glass candlesticks in a range of shapes and sizes. We used white and cream taper candles of varying heights to create an organic elevation flow. We avoided positioning these accents in a uniform row, but rather varied their positions on the runner to create depth within the overall aesthetic. This also creates small, visually engaging moments when viewed from different angles and heights which is a fun treat for the guests around your table.
 
Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper
 
For our place settings we continued the aesthetic themes we had already established by using neutral dishes and cutlery so that our decorative napkin presentation had a supportive stage from which to shine.

Here are a few versions of napkin presentation repeating our textural and color palette by having a few sprigs of lavender and juniper peaking out of each napkin. You could add a small card stock rectangle to the napkin (either tied into the twine or tucked into the fold) with the guest's name inscribed on it to help guide folks to their seats.

Holiday Table Setting with Lavender and Juniper   Lavender Napkin Decoration

All that's now needed is to light the candles, dish up our plates and enjoy the joy and comfort of sharing a holiday meal with good friends and family.

We hope these ideas have sparked your creativity and provided some inspiration for your own festive holiday table. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Lavender Infused Olive Oil


It probably doesn't come as any surprise that we love "handmade" at Pelindaba. Whether that means you are making a handmade gift or creating something by hand for you and your family to enjoy, when it is made with love by your own hands and packaged up sweetly it always mean so much more.

Infused olive oils make delicious and visually delightful gifts for the food lovers in your life — including yourself! They are a treat to have at the ready in your own kitchen for your own culinary adventuring. Let's make some Lavender Infused Olive Oil!

Lavender Infused Olive Oil Recipe
 

Lavender Infused Olive Oil

There are various ways to infuse olive oil with herbs and spices. Some heat the oil and others don't, some leave the ingredients in and others strain them out before bottling. The following is what we have found to be the simplest and most successful method.

 Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil (light, extra virgin - whatever your taste and cooking preference is)
  • Organic Culinary Lavender
  • A few dried organic lavender flower stalks and rosemary sprigs for decoration

Supplies:

  • Clear glass bottles that will seal tightly (well cleaned and thoroughly dried)
  • Mortar and pestle (a couple pieces of parchment paper and a rolling pin will do) 
  • Kitchen thermometer
  • Sieve
  • Funnel
  • Twine, cord or ribbon
  • Tag template - Free download here

Ratio:

An 8:1 ratio of olive oil to Organic Culinary Lavender produces a present flavor that is neither too weak or too potent. For example, for 4 cups of olive oil use 1/2 cup of Organic Culinary Lavender.

Of course, each palette is different so feel free to adjust the ratio to suit your preference. Note: The addition of dried, decorative botanicals will allow for some ongoing infusion and slightly intensify the flavor over time.

How to make Lavender Infused Olive Oil

Step 1 : Use a mortar and pestle to crush the lavender to release the flavor. Placing the lavender between two sheets of parchment paper and using a rolling pin to crush it works too.

Step 2 : Gently heat the olive oil and lavender to 180°F in a sauce pan over a medium/low heat.

Step 3 : Remove the oil and lavender from the heat and let it thoroughly cool for several hours.

Step 4 : Prepare your bottles by adding a few dried lavender flower stalks and a sprig of dried rosemary for visual interest.

Step 5 : Strain the oil and lavender through a sieve and pour into the bottles.

Step 6 : Seal the bottles, add some twine and a label to finish. Store in a cool, dark place (or refrigerator) and use within 3 months.

Great Gift Idea -  Lavender Infused Olive Oil  Easy to make Lavender Infused Olive Oil

Note: Be sure your lavender and rosemary is thoroughly dry to avoid the introduction of moisture and the potential for bacteria growth.

If you love handmade gifts as much as we do, you'll want to explore our other DIY holiday gift projects.

We also handcraft a wide range of lavender gifts at the farm. Gifts for wellness and relaxation, for cooking and eating, for a fragrant home and peaceful sleep, and more! Happy crafting and gifting this holiday season!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

How to make Lavender Sachet Ornaments


In preparation for the holiday season, we are making Lavender Sachet Ornaments. Fragrant and festive, this simple project requires only a few supplies to create rustic-elegant touches for holiday decorating.

Homemade Lavender Sachet Ornaments

Lavender Sachet Ornament


Supplies

  • Lavender Buds 

This is a great opportunity to use some of the lavender you harvested and dried from your garden this summer or we can send you some of our fragrant Organic Lavender Buds direct from our San Juan Island farm. Our lavender buds are also available in bulk for the avid crafters!

  • Fabric

We used an oatmeal colored linen and a white organza. The linen has a delightfully rustic and organic feel and the organza provides a touch of elegance and shimmer while allowing the lavender buds to be visible. Any fabric that you fancy will do. What a great way to use up some left-over fabric from another project!

  • Pinking Shears

The scissors in the image above are pinking shears. These shears have saw-toothed instead of straight blades and produce a zigzag pattern. This zigzag pattern prevents fabric from fraying.

  • Thread to match your fabric
  • Twine, cord, yard or embroidery floss to hang your ornaments
  • Ornament pattern template - Free download here

 

Homemade Lavender Sachet Ornaments

Directions


1. Using the above pattern template, cut out 2 pieces of fabric per ornament. These will be the front and the back of 1 ornament. You could use the same fabric or different fabrics for the front and back. Have fun with it!
 
2. Cut enough hanging loops for your ornaments. Six inch lengths is a good place to start so that there are substantial tails to secure on the inside of the ornament.
 
3. Position the 2 ornament pieces wrong sides together so that the front side of the fabric is visible on both the front and back of the ornament. Secure the fabric pieces with a couple of pins. 

4. Position the loop with the tails between the 2 pieces of fabric at the top of the ornament shape and secure with pins.

5. Sew the 2 pieces of fabric together (including the hanging loop) and leave a small 1/2" to 1" gap.

6. Fill the ornament with lavender buds and then stitch the gap closed.

DIY Lavender Sachet Ornaments   DIY Lavender Sachet Ornaments
 

Now you are ready to add the soothing fragrance of lavender to your tree, garlands, swags and wreaths. Tip: When you experience the scent of lavender starting to dissipate, gently squeeze the lavender buds to release more essential oil. You can also add a couple drops of pure Organic Lavender Essential Oil to the ornament to boost the fragrance.
 
These aromatic little ornaments also make lovely homemade gifts. If homemade gifts are right up your alley, you'll want to explore our other DIY holiday gift projects.

We also handcraft a wide range of gift-ready lavender products at the farm. Gifts for wellness and relaxation, for cooking and eating, for a fragrant home and peaceful sleep, and more! Happy crafting and gifting this holiday season!


Thursday, November 3, 2022

All About Lavender Tea - Tasting Notes and Uses Beyond Drinking!

When there is a chill in the air and the days shorten, do you reach for a cozy cup of tea? When the sun is shining bright and the heat of the afternoon is bearing down, do you reach for a refreshing glass of iced tea? Given that tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world (after water, of course), most of us probably would answer 'yes!' to both or either of those questions.

Organic Lavender Tea Blends from Pelindaba Lavender

Tea is that most-popular of aromatic beverages, prepared by pouring hot water over dried or fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East Asia. The range of flavor profiles and caffeine content across the tea landscape is broad and made even more so by the endless variations possible by adding infusions of fruit, flowers, herbs and other flavorings.

The "proper" methodology to prepare a cup of tea is a much-debated topic that varies widely between cultures and individuals. We tend to take the approach that these are suggestions and what is most important about a cup of tea is that it is a delicious and satisfying experience for you.

Enjoy a cup of satisfying lavender tea!

At Pelindaba Lavender we love tea. All of our definitive lavender tea blends are made using our own "Provence" culinary lavender buds from our organically certified lavender fields. Of the many varieties of lavender that are suitable for culinary purposes, we prefer the flavor of Lavandula x intermedia "Provence". This variety holds it's own well amongst other flavors without overpowering the overall taste experience. 

We use the dried lavender buds in all of our teas. The buds are 1/4 inch, oblong and comprise the flowerhead of most lavender varieties. The small purple flowers emerge from the bud during the summer bloom which remains on the stalk when the flower petals have faded. Most of lavender's flavor is housed within these buds. Once dried, stripped from their stalks and sifted to remove bits of leaves and other organic material from the plant, they are ready to be used in delicious culinary settings — especially tea!

Organic Lavender Tea Blends Made with Culinary Lavender


Caffeinated Teas


Several of our lavender tea blends contain varying levels of caffeine. These are noted so that you can plan your tea adventuring accordingly to your preference for or sensitivity to caffeine.


Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea

Our original lavender tea blend! The unique flavor of our organic culinary lavender blends perfectly with a full-bodied organic Ceylon black tea from Sri Lanka. As a component of breakfast or afternoon tea, this blend is ideal. It is high in antioxidants, has moderate caffeine and a robust flavor.

Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea

Lavender Sweet Tea Recipe

Made with our Organic Lavender Black Ceylon, this simple recipe for Lavender Sweet Tea has only four ingredients and is a lovely summer dining accompaniment or warm afternoon treat.

Ingredients:
Directions:
Measure the tea onto a square of cheese cloth and secure with twine to create a teabag.  Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the tea, remove from heat and allow it to steep for approximately 5 minutes.  Remove the tea bag and disassemble for drying and reuse or compost it.

Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.  Pour the tea into a gallon pitcher and add three more quarts of water.  Stir to blend evenly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or, better, overnight.

Pour the tea into ice-filled glasses and add a few leaves of fresh mint or a few slices of lemon for a refreshing cool beverage on a hot day.

More ways to use this hearty tea...

For a cooler weather treat, add your steamed milk or substitute of choice to brewed Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea with a small splash of vanilla.

Make a succulent marinade for red meat or poultry with strongly-brewed Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea, a few tablespoons of our Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard, extra virgin olive oil, your favorite green herb (think marjoram or oregano) and salt and pepper.

Did you know that black teas can be used as a natural dye? Black tea imparts an antique, sepia tone to cotton and also works well on thick paper to give it an aged look. Brew a very strong batch of tea (amount of liquid dependent on how much you are dying), let it cool and let the fabric soak in the tea. The longer the fabric soaks in the tea, the deeper the color. For paper, brush the tea onto the paper and allow it to dry. Layer coats to deepen the color. 

This is also a marvelous method to naturally dye Easter eggs in a range of neutral tones. In fact, you can use all of our lavender tea blends for this purpose to create a subtle rainbow of shades.

Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea


Organic Lavender Green Tea

To create our Organic Lavender Green Tea we blend organically certified Lucky Dragon Green Tea with our organically culinary lavender to produce a wonderfully healthy and delightfully aromatic beverage unique to our lavender fields. Bold and full-flavored, this low caffeine tea is very high antioxidants and refreshing both hot or iced.

Organic Lavender Green Tea

To dress up your cup of Organic Lavender Green Tea, blend in a bit of your favorite steamed milk or substitute and Organic Lavender Gourmet Honey.

This tea also imparts a fresh flavor to a marinade. For a light, bright marinade that is perfect for fish,  combine fresh lemon, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and strongly brewed Organic Lavender Green Tea.  

In addition to being a delightful beverage, green tea is loaded with skin protecting and repairing antioxidants. Our Organic Lavender Green Tea is the star of our Lavender Green Tea Skincare Mask recipe. This at-home treatment, incorporating honey and rice flower, is a luxurious skincare mask to gently exfoliate, hydrate and brighten skin.

Organic Lavender Green Tea


Organic Lavender White Peony Tea

Our Organic Lavender White Peony Tea, a special varietal Chinese tea (named for its grey white leaves covered with a velvet peach fuzz down) is naturally sun-dried, and is increasingly being recognized for its antioxidant properties.

We blend this organic "Pai Mu Tan" white tea with our organically-grown culinary lavender to produce a highly aromatic and delicately flavored tea with minimal caffeine that can be enjoyed anytime either hot or iced. It's natural sweetness is wonderfully enhanced with a dollop of our Organic Lavender Gourmet Honey.

Organic Lavender White Peony Tea

For a fun summer drink, add a scoop of mango, passion fruit or coconut sorbet to a 12 fl oz glass of chilled Organic Lavender White Peony Tea. To make it a boozy refresher add a splash of spiced rum. Add a metal or brightly colored paper straw, a twist of orange and an umbrella to really jazz it up!

Organic Lavender White Peony Tea

Herbal Teas

These steeped beverages contain no leaves from Camellia sinensis and are made solely of herbs, flowers, spices and the like. As such, they contain no caffeine and are an excellent way to reduce your caffeine intake while still enjoying the full tea experience. You can drink as much herbal tea as you like without the caffeine-induced side effects.

Organic Lavender Chamomile Tea

This wonderfully aromatic Organic Lavender Chamomile Tea blends our own organically-grown culinary lavender with the finest of organic Egyptian chamomile flowers grown in the Nile Delta. A long-time, evening favorite of many, these chamomile flowers have a slightly fruity, sweet flavor profile that has long been prized for its sedative properties. The similar properties of lavender make this blend particularly desirable as the perfect late night hot drink.

Organic Lavender Chamomile Tea

To enhance its relaxing attributes, add your preferred steamed milk or substitute and follow our lavender-based calming bedtime ritual to aid sleep.

Many also find our Organic Lavender Chamomile Tea effective for soothing an upset tummy.

Another variation on the relaxation theme is to brew not just a cup of Organic Lavender Chamomile Tea but an entire bathtub of it! Our Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea recipe is perfect for an at-home spa day. Lavender, chamomile and a variety of other herbs create a luxuriously fragrant soak to de-stress and revive the spirit.

Organic Lavender Chamomile Tea


Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea

Our Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea blend, native to South Africa is naturally sweet, low in tannins and high in antioxidants. It connects our present lavender world to our South African roots. Our name, Pelindaba, is a Zulu word that hearkens back to our own-founder Stephen Robins' South African heritage and is a name that incorporates two key elements of our ethos — great gatherings of lavender and great gatherings of people through open-space preservation.

We are often asked how to pronounce this tea name — "Rooibos" (meaning redbush). An easy way to remember it is "Roy is getting on the bus" = Roy-bus = Rooibos. 

Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea

While it is thoroughly enjoyable hot, it's our favorite tea blend to have iced. We serve this blend on ice at the lavender farm during the summers. Mixed with lavender lemonade to make a "Lavender Palmer" you can experience a summer afternoon at the farm from anywhere.

Tip for iced tea brewing — freeze some of the cooled tea into ice cubes to avoid watery iced tea in the glass. Add small slices or lemon or fresh lavender flowers to the ice cubes before freezing for visual flare when melting

For a cooler weather treat, add your steamed milk or substitute of choice to brewed Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea and finish with honey.

Organic Lavender Rooibos Tea

 

A couple final uses for all of our lavender tea blends...

Any of our teas make a delicious base for kombucha. Steep one of our teas and add sugar as the "food" for your starter or "scoby". Try a few of our lavender blends and see which you prefer as the central flavor for your fizzy, gut-healthy brew.

After you have brewed our full-leaf, loose teas, don't throw away the used tea leaves. Dry them thoroughly and save to add to the bottom layer of soil when re-potting houseplants. The tea leaves will soak up water and then slowly release it to aid in maintaining moisture levels in the soil. For the same reason, used tea leaves are excellent garden mulch. At the very least, add them on your compost pile. There's no need to add them to the landfill!

If the weather outside is conducive to a cozy warming beverage, or a refreshingly cool iced beverage would be more appealing, our plentiful lavender tea offerings will ensure a delicious cup. 

New to the culinary world of lavender? A host of sweet and savory recipes benefit from this versatile herb. We offer many lavender recipes to try at home incorporating our wide range of farm-made culinary lavender products from kitchen and table.