lessons in lavender.

Today I pruned dozens of lavender plants to make essential oils and learned an unexpected lesson about the earth while doing so.

Since I’ve been on the farm, I’ve tried to appreciate everything that comes my way, but when you’re sweating bullets doing intense manual labor under the equatorial sun, it’s hard to keep that attitude. But really, I had just lost focus of the whole idea to begin with. Yeah, it’s hard work, but that’s because there’s more sweat and much less waste being put into the earth than in most places.

So here I was, hacking away unappreciatively at these beautiful plants, when my boss Andres came up to me, gave me a few tips, and then said this:

And the most important thing is to respect what the plants will offer us. When you cut them, think about all of the people they are going to help. They can feel that, and it will help them to grow.

Some may think that’s cheesy, but I honestly don’t care. To me, it’s the truth, and somewhere along the way I lost some of that truth. It’s hard to remember to respect and love mother nature when everyone around you is pounding the “important” things into your skull. Ya know, a real job, money, bills, loans, yadda yadda yadda. Yes, those things are a part of life, but that doesn’t mean I need to worship them and create a shrine of unpaid bills in my closet. However, I do think it’s almost necessary while living on this earth to find spiritual guidance within nature or at least learn some respect considering it literally gives you the breath of life.

Now here, look at some of these gorgeous beasts:

 

 

 

7 comments on “lessons in lavender.

  1. Are you making large quantities of essential oils here? I thought about growing lavendar this year but wouldn’t have any idea how to get essential oils out of it. Is that something a “hobby farmer” can do or is equipment on a larger scale needed?

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    • Thanks for reading!
      They have about 140 or so plants here, and they do sell the essential oils they create. I just started here a couple weeks ago as a volunteer, and it’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, so I’m not sure of all of the equipment necessary or how many plants you NEED to make essential oils. From what I can tell, the equipment here is pretty minimal, but I’ll ask more about it this week and can give you more info!

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      • That would be great! I’d love to do it on a small scale. I’d be interested to see if it’s worth the effort though

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      • Hey! So we made the first batch of oil last night. We used 18 kilos of lavender which made 80 ml of oil. We have another 18 or so kilos to go and this came from roughly 140 plants. The plants are quite young too. Only 6 months and it takes three years for them to fully mature so much more will come from them in the future. Hopefully that gives you a bit of an idea of what is possible!

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  2. I read a study awhile back about plants and if they actually can feel what humans put into the vibe around them, and they can. Plants that were played classical music and told encouraging words actually grew at a much faster rate than the plants subjected to discouraging words and screamo music. I know it’s not the exact same concept…but kinda. Haha.

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    • I think I read that too! It’s so interesting. And no matter what, if you have a solid attitude whilst taking care of plants, they will obviously do much better because they are getting better attention.

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  3. Wow that’s a lot of plants. Three years to maturity isn’t too long especially if you can harvest a small amount before they mature. Thanks for the update!

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