The Flipside Brightwater
Cate Bacon has been busy producing and accepting awards for her Lavender Oil from The Supreme Oil Awards 2012.

As Rosemary is to the spirit Lavender is to the soul

The lavender flourishes in the free draining river terrace soils of Mt Heslington and the Nelson climate. Cate grows five main varieties of lavender for essential oil production and has gained a number of awards.

In the New Zealand Lavender Grower’s Supreme Oil Competitions : Silver Award for her 2014 Lavandula Angustifolia Avice Hill, Gold Award for her 2013 Lavandula blend, as well as silver award for her 2013 Lavandula x Intermedia Grosso. Cate will add these to her award from 2012 for her ‘Pacific Blue’ augustifolia lavender oil. In addition to steam distilled Lavandula augustifolia and Lavandula x intermedia, Cate grows lavender to sell as a fresh and dried product along with products made from lavender, such as sleep balm, room spray and linen spray. A new development is the production of dried lavender for culinary use.

In the New Zealand lavender Grower’s Supreme oil competitions from the first time Simpatico oils were entered in 2012 Link. Cate is especially proud of Simpatico’s gold award for lavandula blends and this has lead to further experimentation with blending oils. Being awarded the Ken Wilson Memorial Trophy for the Best Grosso lavender in 2015 was another high point.

Cate's farm The Flipside now has International certification status from BioGro, a leading organic accreditor.

Cate chose the name Simpatico for her lavender products to reflect the balance that growing lavender has brought back to her life. The reflective mandolin player is a personal acknowledgment of the importance and influence of her father. As a young child in Italy he wanted his father to bring a mandolin back to him on his return to Italy after working in NZ to earn and send money to support the family and ultimately bring them to a better life in NZ.

The combination of hard work, sound values, passion and dedication to a goal: just like growing top quality lavender with its properties to calm, cleanse and heal.

Lavender Properties for Angustifolia or true lavender

Lavandula Angustifolia, Synonyms, L.Vera,L. Officinalis, Garden Lavender, True Lavender or Common Lavender.

Lavender is an evergreen woody shrub, growing up to 1m tall. It has pale green, narrow, linear leaves and flowers on blunt spikes of violet/blue colour. The whole plant is highly aromatic and stems from the plant family of the Lamiaceae. Lavender comes from , lavare > meaning to wash in Latin.

It has it,s origns in Mediterranean Europe and the flowering tops and stems are distilled via steam to obtain the essential oil. It is pale yellow in colour with a sweet,floral and herbaceous scent – aroma.

Principal Constituents: Over 100 constituents including linalyl acetate up to 40%, linalol, lavandulol, lavandulyl acetate, terpineol, cineol, limonene, ocimene, caryophyllene, among others. Constituents vary according to the scource> high altitudes generally produce more esters.

Aromatherapy and Home use

Lavender is regarded to as the most used and versatile of all the essential oils. It does mix well with most other essential oils and is safe to use neat on the skin. *please note that only applies to L.angustifolia and not the other types of Lavender like Grosso or Lavandin ! *
It contains a vast amount of therapeutic properties, making it a must for all homes, in the first aid box, in the car and kitchen. Where else fails, Lavender is the essential oil to use.


Analgesic,anticonvulsive,antidepressant,antimicrobal,antirheumatic,antiseptic,antispasmodic,antitoxic,carminative, cholagogue,choleric,cicatrizant,cordial,cytophylactic,deodorant,diuretic,emmenagogue,hzpotensive, insecticide,nervine,parasiticide,rubefacient,sedative,stimulant,sudoroffic, tonic,vermifuge,vulnerary.


Abscesses, acne, allergies, athletes foot, boils bruises, burns , dandruff, dermatitis, earache, eczema, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insect repellent, lice, ringworm, scabies, scars, sores, spots, sunburn, wounds. Lavender oil is good for all skin types and regarded to as the skin knitter as it is healing properties regarding to wounds, burns and the like are unbeatable compared to other oils.

Muscular and Joints

Aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, sciatica and Lumbago.

Nervous System

Headaches, migraines, insomnia, tension, stress, anxiety, depression, hypertension, PMT, shock, vertigo.


Lymphatic congestion, varicose veins, hypertension

Respiratory System

Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, halitosis, infection, laryngitis, sinusitis, earache, whooping cough.

Digestive System

Abdominal cramps, dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, gastro enteritis, Indigestion, nausea, vomiting increases bile production and the digestion of fat.

Genito Urinary System

Cystitis, dysmenorrhea, leucorrhea, thrush


Helpful during childbirth, helps expel afterbirth

Psychological and Emotional

Lavender can either exert a sedating or stimulating effect. Can be helpful with depressions, balancing the emotions. Breakdowns, fits, moodiness, rage and anger, agitation, confusion, calming the mind, grief, restlessness, tiredness, fear, hysteria, trauma, apathy, delirium, psychosomatic illness, insecurity, lost of inner child.

Contra indications

Be aware of hypertensive properties, lowers blood pressure. Lavender oil increases the production of cells, if suffering from psoriasis, a small area test is recommended.

Lavender Hydrosol

Hydrosol is distilled from the flowers and stems of the lavender plant, obtained during the same process of steam distillation for lavender essential oil. Technically spoken it is a natural and permanent colloidal suspension of a small amount of essential lavender oil and a large volume of water. Nothing added nor diluted. Hydrosol a chemistry term , means water solution. Derived from the Latin word hydro- water and sol- solution.
- reduces effects on damaged skin
- good after sun care
- reduces all types of skin irritation
- great for acne
- cooling
- analgesic
- anti-itch spray
- facial toner
- deodorant
- foot spray
- Safe for Babies and is a good base for homemade baby wipes.
- safe for animals

The Recipes

Recipes to follow shortly, yummy lavender Shortbread and much more

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