West Virginia Wildflower Honey – The Complete Journey

West Virginian Wildflower Honey

At Appalachian Botanical Co., we always encourage our “conscious consumers” to dig deeper into the products they buy. Because we prioritize the planet and the people (and insects) who make our products, we invite you to consider the following when purchasing your honey:

  • Where was it harvested?
  • Do they use pesticides on the flowers it’s harvested from?
  • How is it harvested?
  • How is it processed?
  • Are the workers/harvesters treated fairly and paid a living wage?
  • What flavors are they offering?
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Soothing, Economic DIY Lavender Bath Bombs

DIY Lavender Bath Bombs

How lucky are we to have essential oils? I mean really. Tub of warm tap water, poof, now it’s an aromatherapy spa-worthy soak. Stressful home office? Just diffuse a few drops of lavender essential oil and you’re feeling calm and ready to take on the day. Run out of your go-to cleaner? If you’ve got vinegar and essential oil, then you have a multipurpose cleaner that smells great and is better for our bodies and environment.

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Tangy, Herbal, EASY Lavender Vinaigrette

Tangy Herbal Lavender Vinaigrette

For some people, pink himalayan salt and lavender exist in two different worlds. Here at Appalachian Botanical Co., we know that they make the perfect pairing. Lavender is such a versatile plant. It helps people to feel more calm and relaxed after a long day, makes cleaning up around the house much more pleasant, can help you to get some more sleep, and even makes for a lovely addition to your spice rack. We don’t shy away from adding lavender to our favorite dishes, both salty and sweet, but it’s not just for the ultra lavender fan. When done properly, lavender can add a delicately sweet floral note to any dish or drink that everyone can love!

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ABCo x West Virginia Grown: Proudly Made in the Mountain State

West Virginian

We’re proud to be a part of the many talented and resilient craftspeople making West Virginian products and growing new plants and opportunities on our land; Appalachian Botanical Co. is West Virginian through and through. Now, we are proud to make it “official” by partnering with West Virginia Grown.

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Are Essential Oils Sustainable + ABCo’s Zero-Waste Solutions

Are Essential Oils Sustainable

As the name would suggest, essential oils are the “essence” or pure fragrance of a fruit, flower, or botanical. They’re pretty potent, so a little goes a long way in DIY recipes for bath bombs, cleaners, lotions, or in aromatherapy. However, the magic of essential oils is also a cause of concern. To get just a few drops of oil, many plants need to be processed. Since most of the plant material is not used, the majority of the plant goes to waste. In some cases, thousands of individual plants are needed to make a few drops of essential oil. For instance, it requires about 242,000 rose petals to distill approximately 5 mL of rose oil and three pounds of lavender flowers are required to produce just 15 ml of lavender essential oil. Unfortunately, most of these plants are grown and harvested in unsustainable ways.

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Make Your Own Chemical-Free Lavender Cleaner

Chemical-Free Lavender Cleaner

Chemical-free cleaning products are surprisingly hard to come by. When we can find them, they usually come with a suspiciously high price tag or a ton of unnecessary ingredients. I consider myself pretty tidy; I clean up after myself, I do the dishes after I’m done eating, I wipe down the counters. Despite this, and despite my household only consisting of myself and my pet cat, there is always more cleaning to be done! I wanted a natural, effective, and versatile cleaner to grab and go for all my little coffee cup rings and fingerprint marks, but I couldn’t stand the smell of harsh ingredients.

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What Are Hydrosols and How Can I Use Them

How are Hydrosols different from Essential Oils

Essential oils are always the start of the show… and rightfully so. When we use steam distillation to make our lavender essential oil, not only do we get the purest, highest quality oil possible, we also get a delicate and versatile little byproduct — hydrosol. If you don’t know which one to choose, don’t worry, we’ll go through the ins and outs of hydrosols and help you find creative ways to use them!

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