The pandemic has made DIY-ers out of all of us! Personally, I’ve become a pro at making macrame planters, thrift flipping, and candle curating but now I’m looking for thoughtful gifts that I can make for my friends to share some love (and keep myself busy, too).Continue reading “Make Your Own Chemical-Free Lavender Soap Bars”
At-home massages are about to get a lot better – partly thanks to this blog, and partly due to our new chemical-free lavender sage massage oil.Continue reading “How to Give Massages like a Pro”
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.Continue reading “ABCo x West Virginia Grown: Proudly Made in the Mountain State”
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.Continue reading “Are Essential Oils Sustainable + ABCo’s Zero-Waste Solutions”
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.Continue reading “Make Your Own Chemical-Free Lavender Cleaner”
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!
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!Continue reading “Meet Our Lavender-Infused Gift Set”
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.Continue reading “Cruelty-Free Lavender Products to use On-the-Go”