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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French Lavender vs. English Lavender: What’s the Difference?

French Lavender vs. English Lavender

Aromatherapists and essential oil fanatics are probably very familiar with lavender, but do you know the true differences between English and French lavender? These little purple flowers are two species of the same plant, but they vary in appearance, fragrance, and hardiness. So is there a benefit of one over the other? And should I look out for a particular one in my lavender products? Whether you’re a home gardener or curious aromatherapist, we’ve got you covered! Read on, reader!

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Overcoming Barriers to Employment with Reclaimed Coal Mine Land

Overcoming Barriers to Employment with Reclaimed Coal Mine Land

It’s hard to believe that the Appalachian Botanical Co.’s purple fields were once a surface coal mine. Here in Ashford, West Virginia, coal used to be the primary source of employment. When the coal industry collapsed, our community’s primary source of income went with it. The coal mines that remained were hit especially hard by the COVID pandemic, leaving over 6,000 Appalachian coal miners without a job.

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Can Lavender Help My Dog Chill Out?

Animal Friendly Lavender for Dogs

Pet owners, we know it can be hard to find organic, animal friendly products that live up to our expectations. As an owner of a rambunctious puppy and an aging and anxious dog, I’m always looking for ways to help both of my dogs feel more relaxed and comfortable. As an essential oil user, I also wonder about how my pets might be able to benefit from soothing lavender essential oil, but never wanted to venture into unsafe territories. If you have an anxious, tireless, or nervous puppy, lavender essential oil may be able to help them chill out and relax right alongside you.

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A Buyer’s Guide To Honey, Bees and Lavender

Buyers Guide to Honey, Bees and Lavender

There are three things we can’t get enough of — honey, bees and lavender. The world’s honey bee population is declining as habitat loss, pesticides, and other unsustainable farming practices are growing. That’s why apiaries and organic farms are starting to gain some traction! Now that more and more micro-apiaries and popping up, more honey varieties are too.

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