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Lavender Lifestyle

Everyday Lavender Therapy

**This blog was written by Dr. Meredith Smith of PSI-Med, inc.** When I get a tension headache, one of my reliable solutions is to place a little lavender essential oil on my neck and breathe in the smell of lavender. My favorite part of yoga is Savasana (corpse position) where...

Introducing Lavender into Kids’ Lives: Back to School tips

September is here and kids are back in school! Hurrah! Time to pack up the swimsuits and bust out the turtlenecks. Temps and leaves will drop, you’ll switch from iced to warm beverages, and soon enough, it'll be time to go trick or treating (as evidenced by all the stores...

Yoga and Aromatherapy: Support Your Body and Clear Your Mind

The ancient practice of yoga has been around for centuries but has only become popularized in the Western world for the past few decades. Most likely, if you’ve tried yoga, you were seeking relaxation or a way to eliminate some stress in your life, whether mental or physical. Even if...

Protect Our Pollinators: National Honeybee Day

Here at Appalachian Botanical, we are buzzing with excitement as we get ready to celebrate National Honeybee Day on August 21! We love our bees! Bees are typically thought of as annoying, “bugging” us by hovering over our picnic plates, or they are considered threatening because of their ability to...

Using Lavender to Turn Your Dorm Room Into Your Happy Place

What do you think of when you hear the words “dorm room”? I bet you picture a small white room with minimal furniture that has an almost clinical feel to it. And you wouldn’t be far off! So, to ease the stress of being away from home for the first...

Incorporating Lavender into your Wedding Day

Since lavender blooms in June or July, a summer wedding is ideal for everyone’s favorite purple perennial. Ah, wedding planning. It’ll make or break ya. We promise to not mention mason jars, Polaroids, or “cupcakes instead of cake” in this entire blog. Instead, let us remind you of the beauty...

Growing Lavender At Home: Learning from the Urban and Suburban Gardener

This week, we talked with two home gardeners about growing lavender—one urban, the other suburban—to find out what works in helping their pretty purple perennials thrive! Perhaps you garden seriously. Perhaps you garden casually. Or, perhaps you are the type of person who doesn’t even use “garden” as a verb....

DIY Bug Repellent with Lavender Essential Oil

Repelled by the thought of a Do It Yourself bug spray? (See what I did there?) Does the idea belong in the category of “things you thought you’d never make at home?” Perhaps, but lavender essential oil is the perfect key ingredient in making your own bug spray. The recipe is quite...

Lavender in the Imagination

Straight up purple perfection. That’s how lavender is perceived here at Appalachian Botanical Co, and we like to think that’s how you picture our prized plant too. Lavender carries different meanings to different thinkers, and we thought we’d explore the various images and feelings that lavender connotes. A thing of...

How to Clear Your Headspace Using Locally Grown Lavender

We’re true believers in the power of our organic, locally grown lavender. Lavender is one of the most widely used botanicals in aromatherapy, and it’s a fan favorite in the kitchen and body care products. This little purple flower is beautiful in bouquets, but it can also be broken down...

Make Your Own 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...

What Are Hydrosols and How Can I Use Them?

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...

Can Lavender Help My Dog Chill Out?

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...

Soothing, Economic 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. There is so much you can...

How To Make Your Own Soy Candles with Lavender Essential Oil

Spring has sprung! Blooms are bursting and the birds suddenly seem louder. Hillsides have begun to display their vibrant verdant colors. During this season of renewal, let the energy found and felt in nature’s reawakening inspire you to take on a DIY project. Team Lavender would like to suggest making...

How to Give Massages like a Pro

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. We’ve all had to get really creative with our homes. Dining room tables are now desks, basements are home gyms, and bathrooms are personal hideouts....