One of the highlights of our recent New Mexico travels was staying at Los Poblanos Lavender Farm and Inn. At this beautiful property visitors can actually partake in lavender harvesting, lavender distilling, lavender honey tastings, lavender tea tastings, and even special lavender dinners the property hosts periodically throughout the season. Lavender farms are located throughout New Mexico because the dry climate is ideal for its cultivation. From Abiquiu to Albuquerque you will find lavender farms with row after row after row of thriving lavender through summer.
Why is lavender important? Throughout history the herb has been highly regarded for its skin and beauty benefits and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help wash and purify the skin. In fact, the word lavender originally stems from from the Latin word lavare which means “to wash”.
Lavender is increasingly grown for the production of its essential oil, which comes from the distillation of the flower spikes of certain species of the plant. At Los Poblanos, after the steam distillation process that happens right on the farm, the oil then goes into a line of artisan products and amenities that Los Poblanos Inn offers guests for a deeply relaxing experience directly connected to the land itself. These artisanal products are also available online at their Farm Shop and include everything from lotion to sun care to honey click here.
Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites.
Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Also studies suggest that lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
In addition to helping with digestive issues, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, and toothaches. It is also used to prevent hair loss and repel insects. To learn more about Los Poblanos Lavender Farm and Inn click here.