Top 10 Benefits Of Lavender

IMG_0636Lavender flowers are beautiful, fresh, pungent and floral – most people would recognize their iconic scent immediately.  Did you know that we have a beautiful lavender farm located just outside of Toronto? Terre Bleu is a stunning property that the kids {and you!} will love exploring. It features a lavender farm and distillery, bee apiary, horse show ring, and event stage and retail store. Pack a picnic, or pick up some local fruit and snacks at neighbouring farm, and make a day of it!

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Here are 10 facts that you may not have known about lavender:

  1. Lavender belongs to the mint family – a large family which includes herbs such as sage, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, balm and, of course, mint
  2. The plant can be distilled into oil, but it takes over 80kg of hand picked fresh lavender to make just 1 litre of oil.
  3. Lavender oil can be kept in your medicine cabinet for burns, cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and to help reduce scarring.
  4. The aroma is known to calm or relax those inhaling it and it is often used as a sleep aid. Add a few drops of oil to your bedding, pillows or to the bottoms of your feet as part of your nightly routine for great sleep.
  5. Used along the jawline, lavender oil can even be used as a teething aid for babies.
  6. You can cook or bake with it! The shortbread and ice cream sold at Terre Bleu were our personal favorites.
  7. Add few drops of lavender oil on a clean cloth and toss in the dryer to infuse a lavender scent into your laundry.
  8. The Terre Bleu farm features 9 varieties of lavender which bloom from early June to late August. Lavender is typically grown in more temperate climates than Ontario, which is what makes Terre Bleu such a unique place to visit.
  9. Honey bees are a lovely compliment to lavender farms and help the fields to grow – the Terre Bleu tour includes insightful info into the issues around bee populations.
  10. Lavender is a very popular scent among North American consumers and brands like Pine-Sol are now offering it in their household cleaners. Thanks to Pine-Sol for inviting us to explore Terre Bleu!

 

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