Oregon Lavender Association April 2020 Newsletter
Announcements and Events
We hope that this newsletter finds you well. Spring reminds us that even after the darkest winter, life is persistent and resilient, as are we. We hope that the ideas in here will offer a respite from the more stressful events in our lives and provide some ideas to keep you healthy and hopeful.
OLA Quarterly Members Meeting:
Rescheduled to Saturday, May 16, 2020 (if appropriate)
More details to come
Essential Oil Showcase at the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival,
July 11-12, 2020 in Newberg, Oregon
Mark your calendars! All About Lavender and the Chehalem Cultural Center will host the 2020 Essential Oil Showcase focused on lavender in its many forms. The event provides recognition for small-scale essential oil distillers and growers of the lavender used in distillation and increases public awareness of their efforts and access to their fragrant creations. New for 2020 will be the provision of information directly to interested attendees about the availability of each oil, and how to purchase it.
Distillers and lavender growers are invited to submit samples of their lavender essential oils from the 2017, 2018, or 2019 growing seasons. Please see the attached materials for detailed information about the Essential Oil Showcase and how to participate. Or contact Marilyn by phone at 503-449-3767 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2020 OLA Destinations Guide is now available!
Follow the Lavender Bloom in Oregon! You can download the Guide or you can pick up copies at participating farms and businesses.
What information will you find in the guide?
2021 USLGA Conference
The United States Lavender Growers Association 2021 conference will be held in Portland, OR, on Jan. 28, 29 & 30 at the new Hyatt Regency, Portland.
More information to follow!
OLA Grow with Us and Promote with Us Members
Don’t forget to update your information on the OLA website for the new year! Get the most marketing value from your OLA membership and enter your farm’s information along with the lavender products and services you offer. There are now tutorials available in the Member Portal to help walk you through the process. If you have any questions, feel free to email Pam Baker at email@example.com
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Lavender Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup room temp butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp dried lavender
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup milk
- 8 oz room temp cream cheese
- 2 tbsp room temp butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, lavender, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-to-high speed for 30 seconds.
Add sugar, honey, and vanilla; beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until mixture is combined.
Spoon the batter into lined muffin tins, filling each about half full.
Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
Keep the cupcakes in the muffin tin and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Remove cupcakes from muffin tins.
Cool completely on wire racks.
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, honey and vanilla with the mixer on medium until light and fluffy.
Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, beating well.
Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar until it reaches spreading consistency.
Frost the completely cooled cupcakes with the honey frosting.
Sprinkle with more lavender.
Grandma’s Lavender Potato Rolls
- 1 large russet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1/4 cup warm water (about 110 – 115 degrees F)
- 1 package active dried yeast
- 1 cup milk, heated to 180 degrees F and cooled to lukewarm
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup fine diced or shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup minced green onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh lemon thyme or thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender buds
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten (glaze)
Setting a Lavender Table for Spring
Since we’re spending a lot of time in our homes these days, why not add some cheery decorations to brighten your table? Here are a few ideas:
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- Lavender Cake
- Lavender Ice cream
- Lavender Chicken
- Lavender Cookies
- Honey Lavender Ice cream
Lavender and Reducing Anxiety
Pam Baker, Little Lavender Farm
A 2013 paper called Lavender and the Nervous System (found on the National Institute of Health website) provides “a survey on current experimental and clinical state of knowledge about the effect of lavender on the nervous system.” The authors note that “there is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in the treatment of several neurological disorders. Several animal and human investigations suggest anxiolytic, mood stabilizer, sedative, analgesic, and anticonvulsive and neuroprotective properties for lavender.”
In addition, Michael Lemmer’s article in our March 2020 newsletter concluded that “The essential oils in lavender contain a large component fraction of linalool that has been shown to reduce anxiety in an experimental mouse model. Inhaling it may help reduce your level of anxiety.”
In other words, science supports what we all already knew — that lavender can have a calming effect on us, reducing our anxiety, relaxing us, and helping us sleep. And couldn’t we all use a little bit of that right now? Self-care is such an important part of keeping ourselves healthy, both mentally and physically — so here are a few suggestions for how to incorporate lavender into your daily routine to help reduce your and your loved ones’ anxiety during these stressful times.
Bath: One of the best ways to relax is with a warm bath, and adding lavender essential oil will make this an even more relaxing experience. Just add 6-8 drops of oil and then vigorously mix it in to help distribute it throughout the water. There are also many bath products that use lavender oil along with Epsom salts for added benefit.
Neck wrap with lavender bud: Heat in the microwave for 1 minute and then place it around your neck. The heat releases the oils in the lavender buds, and along with the heated rice or flax seed inside, provides a relaxing therapeutic experience. If the buds stop releasing their oil, you can also put a drop or two of essential oil on the neck wrap before you put it in the microwave for the same effect.
Linen spray: Hydrosol, often used as a linen spray, is the byproduct of the lavender distillation process and has many of the same properties as the essential oil. Spray your pillow before your settle in for a soothing and relaxing sensory experience as you drift off to sleep.
Foot massage: Using lavender essential oil in foot massage has been found to be effective in lowering blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, wakefulness, and pain.
Sleep pillows: Lightly fill a large muslin bag with dried lavender buds and put inside your pillowcase. The lavender oils in the buds will release fragrance throughout the night, aiding in restful sleep. You can also just use a lavender sachet placed near to your face for similar results.
Lavender sachets: If you find yourself feeling anxious during the day, keep a lavender sachet in your pocket and take it out every once in a while to give it a gentle squeeze. Inhale deeply and take a minute to let the linalool do its work.
Lavender Essential Oil Diffuser: A few drops of lavender essential oil in your diffuser will provide hours of soothing comfort.
Many of our OLA farmers carry these and other wonderful lavender products. See the list below for farms with online stores.
Source: Koulivand, P. H., Khaleghi Ghadiri, M., & Gorji, A. (2013). Lavender and the nervous system. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2013, 681304. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/681304
Become a Member
Did you know that you don’t have to be a lavender grower to be a member of the Oregon Lavender Association?
Among the many benefits, you receive discounts at participating Lavender Destination farms and attendance at OLA educational events. Quarterly meetings cover a broad range of lavender topics from distillation to culinary demonstrations.
Just go to the OLA website to sign up!