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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Shop Local: Our Homegrown Holiday Gift Guide

Locally Grown Holiday Gift Guide

This year, you can get all your Christmas shopping done with the help of locally grown lavender.

The mantra for doing your holiday shopping, especially this year, should be: shop small, shop slow, shop smart. Shopping small ensures that small and locally owned businesses can make it through 2020’s finish line. Shopping slow, meaning shopping for ethically and thoughtfully made items rather than mass produced goods, ensures that you’re getting a more unique and long lasting product that’s better for the planet. Lastly, shopping smart means avoiding the crowds at big box stores and getting your shopping done early!

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Meet Our Lavender-Infused Gift Set

Lavender-Infused Gift Set

Holidays are best when lavender-infused! This year at Appalachian Botanical Co., we are gearing up for the holiday season with a couple of new products and holiday gift bundles that will make your holiday shopping a little bit easier! We have two new bundles that are filled to the brim with lavender goodies, perfect for stuffing stockings or keeping together for a gift that won’t disappoint!

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Cruelty-Free Lavender Products to use On-the-Go

Cruelty-Free Lavender Products

Cruelty-free status should be expected of all products if you ask me. The same goes for organic. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Grab and go products aren’t always granted the same attention and care as other product lines, even though they get just as much use. Luckily, as an avid lavender lover, Appalachian Botanical Co. has plenty of products that are small and easy to toss in a bag and use on-the-go.

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