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Our distillery processes lavender and other aromatics into the oils and hydrosols that give our products truly unique character.

Classes in Crafting Fine Soaps with Pure Essential Oils

Carmel Lavender offers on-farm workshops in crafting artisan soaps. Through much of history, soap making was the craft of turning natural fatty oils into soap. This was often done at home, or by small artisan soap makers. They used time-honored processes and ingredients which by default, produced natural products. By learning the art of soap making, you can bring naturally made soaps into your home. Every time we wash our hands, our face or our body, we put soap on our skin. We will wash ten to twenty times a day. It is one of our more frequent rituals. Much attention is given to what goes inside our body. But what about the outside? Our skin is the largest organ. And it is not impermeable. It can absorb toxins directly which make their way into our body. It is therefore important to consider what goes on our skin just as carefully as we consider the food that we eat. If I were to go snorkeling in shark infested waters, I might scrub myself down with SLS soap, but …

Essential Oil Display

What’s in an Oil, Anyway?

At a lavender festival, many years ago, I was browsing through a small shop of essential oils and came across an aromatherapy pamphlet. It wasn’t thick, so I picked it up, and started to peruse through it. It started with a high-level physiological explanation. Then it made a declaration that stuck with me ever since: the sense of smell is the only sense where the brain touches the environment directly. From that context, aromatherapy was then explained. The aromatherapy pamphlet discovered at that festival, talked about the primitive brain and how this simple system of chemo-receptors common in the most primitive creatures from amoeba to insects are a direct link to the mysterious systems of the subconscious. The art that is aromatherapy is the art of using this pathway to directly influence these primal systems for our own well-being. The whole thing was all kind of loosely proven and lacked scientific references, but yet intuitively, it seemed to go in an agreeable direction. Touching the world with our brain It would indeed seem that the brain is reaching …

Classes in Essential Oil Distilling and Perfumery

Essential oils and health have been linked through the centuries. And people have been extracting essential oils and making perfumes since antiquity. Some claim that steam extraction of essential oils, the method used by Carmel Lavender, has existed in some form for possibly five-thousand years. (1) We do know that the beauty of scent and medicinal properties of plants has been known, and acquired through various methods to enhance the well-being for a long time. And it is something that you can practice yourself at home. Carmel Lavender teaches public classes on the extraction of essential oils, and their uses. Many years ago, I watched a wonderful documentary called Tales from the Green Valley. It was an amazing concept. Historians and archaeologists wishing to learn more about 16th century farm life set out to recreate the activities on an authentic 16th century farm. They made one episode for each month. Now the entire series was riveting. However it was the January episode on the preparation of 16th century medicines and home pharmacy that really stuck with …

Public Distillery

The Carmel Lavender distillery offers clients a place to distill essential oils from their own plants and flowers. Integrate aromatic herbs in your garden, and we can process them into essential oils with a multitude of benefits. These flowers and herbs are typically very drought tolerant, helping you reduce your water footprint and your monthly bills. And what’s more, they are beautiful and smell great. When planning your garden or farm, why not include aromatic flowers and herbs that can be distilled into essential oils? Such planning is a time-honored tradition. As far back as the 14th century, kitchen gardens have grown herbs and flowers that had culinary, medicinal, and aesthetic uses in the household. While this tradition has faded, it remains a good idea that you can easily bring home. Plants to Consider There are many different aromatic herbs that make quality essential oils. Lavender is a very beautiful and useful plant to have in the garden. There are many different types and you must choose the one that best suits your needs. Lavender is …