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Essential Oil Distillation

May 2011

When Will French Lavender Return?

While visiting with Benoit Cassan, the former president of CRIEPPAM (the technical research center for…

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The Loss of French Lavender Farms

As we drove over the plateau on the mountain top, field after field was in…

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April 2011

Drought Decimates French Lavender Fields

My most recent visit to Provence, France, in November of 2010 was shocking and very…

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Cloned Lavender

True lavender (lavande vraie) is a variety named Lavandula angustifolia, and it is all about…

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French Lavender: Encroaching Synthetics

Years ago, sons had a tendency to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, which was certainly…

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Are You Buying Lavender or Lavandin?

Why then are the farmers switching to lavandin hybrid grosso or super? First of all,…

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March 2011

Growing Lavender: What Are the Costs?

Now let’s look at the numbers today. Land starts at $5,000 per acre. A 2705…

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Growing Lavender: What Does It Take?

Let’s examine the facts. I travel an average of six weeks a year just to…

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February 2011

Part 19: Finding Pure Essential Oils

9. Will the soil composition and location affect the plant that is grown there, thereby…

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January 2011

Part 15: Finding Pure Essential Oils

7. Can different distillation practices change the oil quality? Yes! Commercial distilleries push process…

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