A Whiff of Lavender

“Something sweet and sacred there is in these treasured family collections, and, as they are opened for us, we catch a whiff of lavender and rose leaves from Mrs. Washington’s dainty linen closets.” - from “Martha Washington” by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton

Martha Washington

Washington Lavender, home of fine “Martha’s Own” and “By George” lavender products, is a lavender farm found on ten acres of oceanfront farmland overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Sequim, Washington. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the rich soil and the ideal microclimate of this Olympic Peninsula locale makes a perfect environment for lavender farming. Here you can enhance your senses in fields of lavender, surrounded by a panorama of unparalled views.

As a vital part of the George Washington Inn & Estate, our farm seeks to produce the finest essential oil and lavender products that have made this “Lavender Capital of North America” famous. Agriculture was a passion of George Washington at Mount Vernon, and we seek to emulate his quest for the best stewardship of this rich farmland.

During the summer the sweet smell of lavender fills the air with a rich honey-like aroma. Each year we harvest the lavender by hand at its peak to extract the essential oil, ensuring the finest quality by distilling these flowers in small batches.  Here are some valuable tips for using lavender essential oil:

  • Rub a drop of lavender oil on your palms and smooth it on your pillow to help you sleep.
  • Apply a drop of lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop the itching and to help reduce swelling.
  • Put 2-3 drops of lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
  • Rub lavender oil between your toes to prevent athlete’s feet.
  • Mix several drops of lavender oil with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Mixing Oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
  • To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.
  • To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops; avoid freezing the lip.
  • Rub a drop of lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts.
  • Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin
  • Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
  • Reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue by massaging lavender oil on and around the affected area
  • Rub 2 – 4 drops of lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant.
  • Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
  • Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
  • Place a few drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
  • Place a drop of lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
  • Place a few drops of lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  • Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.
  • Diffuse lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
  • Spritz several drops of lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.
  • Drop lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
  • Apply 2-3 drops of lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.

For more info on lavender, see Washington Lavender.

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