Behind the Distillation

On our farm, we extract essential oils and hydrosols from nearly 15 different aromatic herbs, plants and trees using traditional steam distillation. Dating back to antiquity, the process itself is quite basic: plant material is placed in a hopper with boiling water underneath and as the steam travels up, the plant's oil is extracted. The steam is then cooled back down to its liquid form which now consists of two components: the essential oil and the hydrosol.

Essential oil:
The natural substance extracted from the plant that contains its characteristic properties and the essence of its aroma.
The herbal solution extracted from the plant that contains the water-soluble plant components and trace amounts of essential oil.
Hydrosols are often referred to as "floral waters" due to their watery consistency. Their aroma and potency is considerably more gentle than an essential oil.

pure essential oil and hydrosol in beaker

We only distill the plants that we grow ourselves, and all of the distilling is done on-site in small batches to ensure we achieve the highest quality of oil and hydrosol.

As would be expected, lavender is front and centre on our farm, and most of our summer is dedicated to the distilling of more than 10 different lavender cultivars. That being said, we also distill roses, thyme, rosemary, oregano, spearmint, sage, helichrysum, rose geranium, douglas fir, cedar, lemon grass, lemon balm and linden. And it seems like each year the list grows a little longer!

traditional small batch steam distillation

 We love using our portable still for smaller and experimental batches, but our industrial, 8' high still is used for plants with a larger harvest, like the lavender and roses. Its capacity is significantly larger and the water temperature doesn't have to be manually monitored like it does with the small still. And when your day starts at dawn and continues until dusk, both of these features are gold.

traditional steam distillation

All of the essential oils and hydrosols we distill are used to make our products. And while we have a collection of some incredible farm-grown oils (several of which have garnered international recognition!), we also love our range of hydrosols. They are lovely on their own or they can be blended to soothe, revive, ease, calm, balance or uplift the mind and body. They are becoming increasingly popular in aromatherapy, they excel as skin toners, and some hydrosols like rosewater are delicious in food!

Our Award-Winning Lavender Essential Oils

pure lavender essential oil


GoldL. angustifolia 'Royal Velvet'

Gold: L. angustifolia 'Pacific Blue' / 'No. 9' / 'Nana Atropurpurea'

SilverL. x. intermedia 'Phenomenal'


SilverL. angustifolia 'Peter Pan' / 'No. 9' / 'English'

Silver: L. x. intermedia 'Super' / 'Phenomenal'


GoldL. angustifolia 'English' / 'Royal Velvet'

Gold: L. x. intermedia 'Super' / 'Seal' / 'Abrialii'

SilverL. x. intermedia 'Grosso'


SilverL. angustifolia 'Maillette'

Our Hydrosols

rosemary hydrosolrose hydrosollavender hydrosolthyme hydrosol

Books of Reference

Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy by Suzanne Catty

Essential Oils: All-Natural Remedies and Recipes for your Mind, Body and Home by Susan Curtis

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