Lavender species have been hybridized over the centuries. One type of hybrid, the x-intermedia (a cross between Lav. Angustifolia and Lav. Latifolia) contains many varieties, including "Grosso" which produces most of the world's lavender essential oil. This oil is used primarily for scenting soaps and lotions. Another Lav. x-intermedia is "Provence" which is known for its wonderful dried bud scent. Provence is also used for cooking.
Lav. x-intermedia hybrids are generally long-stemmed and the color of the flowers vary from deep purple to white. In general the oil from Lav. x-intermedias are used for scenting soap and personal care products. They are not generally used in the perfume or aromatherapy industry, however, there are exceptions to this.
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Lavender growers, I'm hoping you can give me some advice. My daughter and I have run a small lavender business from our home and yard for three seasons, making some extra income for her college expenses. We sell at our local farmers markets and arts shows. We are looking to expand greatly, having just purchased some land to start a very small farm. We would like to have a steady income by selling our products to stores or other companies. How would we go about making that happen? If we were to grow 10 or more acres of lavender, could we sell it to an oil manufacturer, or our own oil to a disributer? Again, how could we make that happen? We are looking to turn this project into a means to make a living. Is this realistic? We are not afraid of hard work or getting our hands dirty. Any advice anyone could give us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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A note from our president! USLGA is 4 years old!
Today marks USLGA's fourth anniversary! It seems so long ago it was launched in conjunction with the International Lavender Conference held in Sequim. Since starting with our initial group of 'Founder members', we have grown to 258 members as of last month. I am elated with these numbers, as we initially couldn't see beyond possibly 100 members.
Not sure just how to celebrate this day other than to say 'thank you!' to all of our members for this tremendous growth.
Interested in growing Lavender, making Lavender products? Then check out a membership on the US Lavender website and join other Lavender lovers on this incredible journey!
Hello my husband and I are about to plant our first thousand lavender plants! With the research that we have done, there has a discrepancy in the space between plants! A few people say 18 inches and others say 30 inches. How many inches do you have your plants planted?
What is the standard pricing for distilling lavender? By the pound?
United States Lavender Growers Association (US Lavender) shared Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History's video.
Amazing study from Australia, very interesting!
BREAKING NEWS: 5 April 2016 Australian Researchers Make Extraordinary Discoveries About Lavender And Bees. ~ Follow: Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History The ancients were well aware of the importance of Lavender to Bees over 2000 years ago. Lavender has been used through the centuries in France and in Europe for as a calmative for humans and animals. The ancient Roman naturalist Virgil in 29 B.C. writes about lavender in Georgics Book IV, mentioning lavender as a favorite flower of bees, and recommending that it be planted in the neighborhood of their hives. Recent Australian research has discovered compounds found in some plants like lavender which bees might actually see as beneficial. They discovered that the smell of lavender has a calming effect on bees, enhances their memories, and olfactory cues triggered by scents like lavender were directly linked to the expression of certain bee genes, causing epigenetic changes to their DNA. Credit: ABC Catalyst Honeybee Brains and Lavander http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4437579.htm
We are happy to announce that we have selected our keynote speaker for USLC 2017! In order to support our culinary emphasis we have selected Nancy Bagget! Nancy is a member of USLGA and she has authored more than 20 cookbooks! She also has a blog. Check out her web page: http://kitchenlane.com/
Join us in congratulating Nancy Baggett for being selected to be our prestigious Keynote Speaker!
Original, well-tested recipes, enticing photos, and helpful cookbook writing how-tos
Testing the water to see if growing Lavender on my farm in Up State NY..makes sense... ..getting excited about possibilities.. thanks for this page !
Quick question. I've thought about starting a lavender farm here in Alabama, where I'm pretty sure Grosso is my best choice. However, I've read mixed reviews about its utility as a fragrance oil. Does Grosso produce a marketable oil on its own, or does it contain too much camphor?
What is a Tisane?
We hear the phrase herbal tea so often but what exactly is it?
It is any beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine.
So simply Lavender Tea is a Lavender Tisane!
Try this Lavender Tisane for a calming respite at the end of the day.
3 T fresh Lavender flowers or 1 1/2 T dried Lavender buds
2 cups boiling water
honey and lemon optional
To make Lavender tea put the flowers/buds in a teapot along with the boiling water allowing them to steep a good 3 to 4 minutes. To steep longer will create a bitter tea...
Pour into cups through a strainer to remove the buds.
Optional -Serve Lavender flower tea with honey and sliced lemon
If you are an Earl Grey lover add 1/2 tsp of Lavender buds to decaffeinated Earl Grey for a more robust tea.
Thanks to Everything Lavender for this recipe and photograph
United States Lavender Growers Association (US Lavender) shared their event.
Don't forget to respond "Interested" or "Going" to our 2017 United States Lavender Conference for updates about the event!
http://www.uslavender.org/uslc United States Lavender Conference 2017 will be held in Mesa, Arizona Jan. 26-28, 2017. The 3rd United States Lavender Conference, presented by USLGA, will be a networking and educational opportunity held on Jan 27 & 28th, 2017 with the following 3 tracks relating to interest level: -- I Want to Start a Lavender Farm-For those seeking advice and knowledge about what it takes to grow lavender as a crop and to explore various business models for converting lavender into profit. -- I Have a Lavender Farm- For those who have an established farm and want to gain skill and knowledge about current issues from leading experts in the field. -- I Want to Use Lavender- For the gardener or business owner who wants to understand the use of lavender and discover creative ideas for cooking and crafting with lavender. Come join us and fellow lavender growers and users to network and learn!
This just goes to prove how relaxing lavender is, take a look, I filmed him this afternoon!
After finding this snoring baby Rabbit all over the garden fast asleep I thought I would video him. As I stepped over the pots he woke, jumped up and scared ...
Kudos are in order ! Check out this great article about Mike Neustrum and Prairie Lavender in Kansas. In case you didn't know, Mike is the president of the US Lavender Growers Association.
Lavender farm produces a fragrant crop
Did you know all these facts about Lavender? Want to know more? Check out the US lavender website and find a Lavender farm near you. http://Www.uslavender.org
There's a lot to learn about the prettiest purple plant.
Do you love Lavender? So do we! Be sure to check out the US Lavender Pinterest page. Check it out at http://www.pinterest.com/uslavender
United States Lavender Growers Association (US Lavender) with Marjorie Gomes and Molly Gomes.
A perfect touch for your Easter festivities. Thanks to Out of the Broom Closet for this deliciousness.
Lavender Tea Bread
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. dried lavender flowers, finely chopped, or 3 Tbsp. fresh chopped flowers
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat milk with lavender almost to a boil, then steep until cool.
Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl.
In another bowl cream butter and gradually add sugar, then eggs, one at a time, beating until light and fluffy.
Add flour mixture alternately with lavender milk, in three parts. Mix until batter is just blended, do not overbeat.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool.
When completely cool, drizzle with a simple sugar glaze or sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender.
I like to make a light lemon confectioners sugar glaze for mine
but it is up to your tastes !
1 cup Powdered sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 spoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp Soy milk or regular milk
In case you ever tire of Lavender, as if that would happen, you can add Rosemary, Sage or Thyme instead.
Pick up the Spring 2016 issue of Country Gardens magazine. Members Peter and Cyndie Rinek of Blooming Hill Lavender in Philomont, VA are featured! This is their beautiful knot garden! Congratulations Cyndie and Peter!
Are you planning to attend the US Lavender Conference in Mesa this coming January? Whether you are an experienced Lavender grower or just testing the water for a new Lavender farm, check out the schedule and come join us.
The United States Lavender Grower’s Association presents the 2017 United States Lavender Conference (USLC) and Annual Meeting. "Blooming Where You're Planted: Continuing to Grow a Professional Lavender Industry" Our business is blooms! We understand that each of you considering coming to the 2017 co…
Great artist Lowell Herrero ....
wake up and smell the lavender
For those of you in our northern states with cabin fever, check out this recipe, Lavender Play Dough. No it is not edible but what a fun project to entertain and calm your little ones, and you too.
Thank you Tasha Butler for such a fun project.
4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup salt
4 cups water
1/2 cup cream of tartar
10 tablespoons oil
2-3 drops of lavender essential oil
1/4 cup dried lavender flower buds
In a medium sauce pan, mix together the flour, salt, water, cream of tartar, and oil.
Over low-medium heat and continually stirring, cook the mixture until a ball of play dough is formed and is no longer sticky.
Remove play dough from sauce pan and transfer to a smooth, clean surface (like a cutting board or smooth counter top). Allow the play dough to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Once play dough has cooled down a bit, flatten it out a bit with the palm of your hand. Drop the essential oil onto the surface of the play dough. Using your hands, fold the play dough over the spot where you dropped the oils and knead the oil into the dough for a minute or two. Add more oil if you like.
Once the oil is kneaded into the play dough, sprinkle about half of the dried lavender buds over the play dough and knead that into the play dough with your hands as well (this is a great step to get your kids involved with). Sprinkle the rest of the dried lavender buds into the play dough until the flower buds are evenly distributed throughout the play dough.
Allow the play dough to finish cooling. Once it is at room temperature, transfer to an air tight container for storage.
Play dough should last a month (or longer) when stored in air tight container between uses.
I need to get moisture testing done before selling dried lavender buds. Can anyone recommend lab for this?