Here at the spa we’re always looking for new, cutting edge products and services to treat our guests. Recently (on their glamping trip!) the owners of The Urban Spa, Kerri and JG, stumbled upon a local lavender farm which inspired them in the creation process for the next seasonal experience.
Lavender, a Mediterranean plant, is currently the worlds most-used essential oil plant, and has been used for over 2,500 years for various purposes. Today, lavender is used in many health and wellness products to treat anxiety or emotional stress, help heal wounds and burns, improve sleep, restore skin complexion, improve eczema, alleviate headaches, and much more!
How It’s Made?
In order to make lavender essential oil, the harvested plants are transferred into a still and compacted to reduce the amount of air pockets. The less air, the greater the oil yield. Once the still is stuffed, steam is injected into the bottom at a low pressure. Over the course of 15 minutes, the steam rises to the top of the still. Over the course of the next half hour or so, the steam releases the oil from the flowers and, to a lesser extent, the leaves. To extract the oil from the still, cold water is sent through a coil, turning the steam into water which now contains the lavender oil. The water is now left to separate from the oil before being pumped out. It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of lavender oil. Wow!
The Urban Herbal Seasonal Experience
Now that summer is finally here, we thought it would be the perfect time to harvest the flowers from our very own garden to create the new Urban Herbal (Working title options: “Garden Fresh” “Urban Herbal” “Summer Harvest” “Summer Garden”), a lavender and peppermint scent that we have customized for our many services.
Our seasonal pedicure indulges you with a luxurious charcoal foot soak, lightly scented with herbaceous basil essential oil, and dotted with lavender buds. All of our seasonal services incorporate our all natural house made scrub and deeply nourishing body butter, beautifully scented with our seasonal lavender and peppermint essential oil blend. Treat yourself to any (or all!) of our seasonal services to be transported to a fragrant garden escape!