Lavandula Angustifolia (True Lavender)

True Lavender is a small, evergreen shrub that can be found growing across the Northern Mediterranean, from Spain to Greece. It flourishes in North American and European climates.

It is said that Lavender originated in the Middle East and is thought to have been introduced to France through the Greek islands in 600AD, then later into England at some point during the 16th and 17th Centuries. Herbs were greatly sought after for their medicinal uses, and Lavender has been used in this way for many years. It is well known for its antiseptic properties, and is used in the treatment of wounds, ulcers and burns.

Lavender essential oil can be used in many ways:

  • In a warm, relaxing bath before bed.
  • In a massage, which has been successfully used in Aromatherapy for the relief of anxiety, and as an aid for restful sleep, especially when affected by stress and tension.
  • In a compress; this is an excellent way of using essential oils when massage is too painful, which is especially beneficial in the relief of sunburn and headaches.
  • In a foot or hand bath.
  • Steam inhalation.
  • In a vaporiser or diffuser.
  • In a gel.
  • In a room mist.

Please note that any reference to a medicinal use is provided for interest only. We are not recommending this as a treatment for any medical condition; if you have a medical condition, always consult your doctor before using essential oils.

Our certified organic shea butter is produced by several hundred Ghanaian women in a community project that has the capacity of producing over 1000 tonnes of Shea Butter of the highest quality. This community project provides a number of jobs for the women who collectively harvest the shea nuts themselves.

After the shea fruits are collected, they are steamed to cause the shea kernel inside to shrink away from the shell. Once the shells are cracked and the kernels are extracted, the shea kernels are placed in the sun to dry for an extensive period of time. The dried shea kernels are graded before being stored in a warehouse. They are washed with water to remove any dust or dirt, then dried thoroughly. The shea kernels are crushed in a large wooden mortar. The next step is to gently grill the shea kernel to remove any excess water.
The shea kernels are gently roasted then crushed into powder. This is done with a grinding stone. The next step is to grind the roasted and crushed shea kernels into powder. This is done with a grinding stone.
The shea kernel powder is placed in basin and mixed with water then mixed by hand until the colour changes. The process is called kneading and takes many hours,
When white spots appear after the mixing process, warm water is added this causes the shea fats to rise to the surface and separate from the non-oil portion of the shea kernel mixture.
The shea fats are collected and gently heated to remove any remaining moisture. The oil is filtered into basins to cool. To reach this stage the process has taken 14 hours.
After the shea oil has cooled down it is stirred very carefully to start the crystallization process that will form the Shea Butter. This is a critical part of the process and requires a great deal of expertise.
The final stage is to pour the semi crystallized shea butter into containers where is continues to crystallize.