On a mission with lavender oil
One fragrant bottle of lavender oil sold. One more bible bought.
For Patricia Brown, lavender farming has always been a hobby rather than a money maker but now she is selling her lavender oil to buy bibles to distribute in Thailand when she and her husband Maurice go there in August on a mission trip.
One hundred per cent of the money she makes will go into the bibles.
‘‘ Where we are going is above Bangkok, right out in the wop wops. The people there never see white people so it is really a treat for them to. They are so loving, and so kind and so generous.’’
Mrs Brown started growing grosso lavender six years ago when she bought 130 plants for her farm near Matamata.
‘‘I always had a passion for lavender when I was younger, then as I got older, I saw these plants and I fell in love with them,’’ she said.
‘‘When I bought my first plant I had absolutely no idea what to do with it.’’
But it didn’t take her long to learn and now she has 1000 plants in her backyard.
‘‘I am such an outdoors person. I have been known to stay in the garden until 9pm,’’ she said.
But now she is in the garden less than she would like to be after rheumatoid arthritis spread through her body last year, restricting her movement and ability to work.
‘‘It has been really hard. I just love being out in the garden but I can’t as much.
‘‘It is the essentials that are hard to do, like spreading lime and weeding – which all needs to be completed before I leave for Thailand, otherwise my plants won’t produce much next year.’’
So far this year, Mrs Brown has picked 545.50kg of lavender, which produced 11.20 litres of oil.
‘‘It was a really good yield this year. We piled the laven- der into wool sacks and took it to a lavender distillery where it is processed for four hours and the oil extracted,’’ she said.
‘‘We wait and watch it happen. It is really exciting to see how much oil we get.’’ Mrs Brown is selling 12ml bottles for $13 each and said lavender oil is like having a first aid kit in one bottle.
It aids with healing things like headaches, burns, wounds, eczema and bruises. ‘‘You name it – it will fix it,’’ she said.
‘‘ I have so much good feedback. It truly is amazing stuff. You can even put a few drops in the bath for relaxation.’’
If anyone is interested in buying a bottle of lavender oil, phone Mrs Brown on 888 7074.
Healing scents: Matamata Lavender farmer Patricia Brown is now selling lavender oil and using the money to buy bibles for people in Thailand.