Botanical to bottle: Meet the Young Living Lavender Farm and Distillery

Saving H2O during distillation

We don’t just grow the plants on the farm, we distill them as well! Unfortunately, the steam distillation process requires A LOT of water.

In 2019 the team took a deep dive into the current distillation process, with the goal to preserve as much water as possible. The answer? Recycling and reusing water with a closed-loop cooling water system. The redesign uses existing infrastructure and saves 260 million gallons of water per year!

Here’s how a closed-loop system works:

1. Fresh water pumped from the wells is heated.

2. Steam from the heated water is used to extract essential oils from plant matter.

3. The steam is cooled and condensed into liquid. Water is separated from oil and becomes floral water.

4. Floral water is directed to the farm’s holding ponds and pumped into irrigation lines.

Not only does this process save water, but it also gives the soil an added boost! Remember that floral water? After distilling, a small amount of oil, chlorophyll, and plant residue is left in the condensed water—that’s why it’s called floral water. Instead of letting it go to waste, the system pumps the water into the irrigation lines, providing water for the fields and adding extra acidity to the alkaline soils.

Farm fact: This is one of the largest privately owned essential oil distilleries in the world. With that comes the responsibility to maintain the ultimate, industry-leading standard in essential oil products. Combine that with our 5×5 Pledge and you have a company committed to conservation.

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