Lavender is a plant rich in history and myth. With its roots in the ancient art of the herbalists, lavender has been cultivated for many purposes.
Bees may very well have been the first taste testers of lavender. And what they have given us is an incredibly delicate honey, light in colour and subtle on the palate.
At Prince Edward County Lavender we have hives located in the fields. We can watch the bees feasting on the lavender nectar until they fly back to the hive to begin the process of honey making.
But it is not only the bees that enjoy our lavender. Here at Prince Edward County Lavender we offer you the opportunity to add the unique taste of lavender to your appetizers, main dishes, desserts and cocktails. Let your creativity be your guide!
A pinch of lavender will add a subtle flavour to almost any recipe. Check out our recipes section to get you started in using lavender in your kitchen (see Store, Culinary, Recipes, then choose from Savouries, Sides, Soups and Sweets).
If the rose is the queen of the flower, lavender is the princess. Lavender is a plant of choice for the garden. It offers a spectacular show of colours with a divine sweet smell. Since lavender is drought resistant, it will thrive in the hot and sunny side of the property and you will not have to water every day. Better yet, place the lavender plants along a path or under a window to enjoy the comforting fragrance.
Another good use of lavender is at the edge of an existing garden. The strong fragrance will keep deer away, preventing them from grazing on your vegetable garden or your other flowers.
Come and see the cultivars of lavender we sell, each offering different color and fragrance. You can create a mini garden filled with lavender from lilac color to deep purple while adding a pink touch.
See below for mini garden arrangements:
3 Munstead, 3 Hidcote, 3 Melissa
3 Krajova, 3 Common, 3 Twickle Purple
3 Melissa, 3 Rosea, 3 Hidcote Pink
Lavender is used extensively in herbal therapy and aromatherapy. Knowledge of its healing qualities has grown through the centuries, even gaining the reputation of warding off the plague. It is known for its disinfectant and antiseptic properties. Today, lavender is more widely used in the natural remedy category for a range of ailments, from insomnia and anxiety to depression and mood disturbances. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. Through inhalation and infusions of lavender, aromatherapists treat exhaustion and nervous disorders. For ailments, herbalists use lavender to treat skin infections, burns, wounds, eczema and acne. At Prince Edward County Lavender we produce this 100% pure Lavandula Angustifolia essential oil made exclusively from plants grown on our farm.
Here are just a few examples of how our 100% pure lavender essential oil can be used:
- Insect bite? Apply a drop of lavender essential oil on the bite to ease the itchiness.
- Minor burn? Apply a drop of lavender essential oil on the affected area to aid in healing and to help prevent blistering.
- Insomnia? Apply a drop of lavender essential oil on each corner of your pillow case and enjoy the calming effects of the aroma. Please note the essential oil does not stain.
- Migraine? Apply a drop of lavender essential oil to each fingertip and rub on your temples or at the back of your neck.
- Back to school? Apply a drop of the lavender essential oil at the base of your child’s neck. The aroma of the lavender essential oil will not eliminate lice but will discourage them from jumping on your little ones.
The use of herbs is a time-honoured approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain active components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine. Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills have also been reported in some people after inhaling or absorbing lavender through the skin. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender. If you have any concerns, please ask your doctor before using lavender.