Lavender loves full sun (at least 8 hours per day or more). Lavender’s native habitat is the area around the Mediterranean Sea which has dry, chalky/rocky ground, so it thrives on hot, dry, rocky, or sandy soil. Good drainage is a must – too much rain and it drowns. Some people have great success growing the hybrid Lavendula x-intermedia, var. Grosso, which tolerates the hot dry climate and produces a good and useful essential oil. This hardy hybrid is the workhorse in many fields throughout the world. Another lavender species that does well in cooler climates are the varieties of...Read More
There are many ways to prune lavender. ‘If you like roses you’ll love Lavender’ Lila Avery-Fuson says. ‘Lavender, like the rose does not like wet feet and loves to be cut hard, just remember the harder you cut it the more it shows!’ Her advice is to not be afraid to take it down each year within 2/3 of the root ball just after the last frost in spring. This will encourage new growth and a strong stem length along with a judicious application of fish emulsion. Sarah Richards says “Give lavender a 1 ½ green crew cut.” She says you measure the green from where the woody stems...Read More
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Today is National Coffee Day! Do you have a favorite coffee? How about an EASY Lavender Coffee recipe to end the day? Much is dependent upon the type of coffee maker you use, such as drip, Senseo, or French press and the quantity of coffee you are brewing such as full pot or single cup. Just as everyone is different in whether they like their coffee super strong or on the lighter side so is it with the Lavender. So, here goes.... Add 2T of dried Lavender to the coffee filter of your coffee maker and brew as normal. I told you it was simple, Enjoy!!!
The clock is ticking and early bird rates for the 2nd Annual USLGA 2015 Conference end on Sept 30th. In light of all the essential oil talk in the news we wanted to make sure you knew about a great session being offered at USLC 2015 ~ The Healing Properties of Lavender: What Can We Claim presented by Mindy Green
essential oil talk in the news we wanted to make sure you knew about a great session being offered at USLC 2015The Healing Properties of Lavender: What Can We Claim?
Another nice mention in a media piece of one of our USLGA members, who originally planted lavender to attract pollinators to their farm. Those few Lavender plants have blossomed into many more, in addition to a line of bath and body and culinary products made on the farm.
Lake County was named the second best county for farming out of 3,000 in the U.S. in a list published in a national agriculture industry magazine in September.
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For the love of Lavender, where there is a will there is a way!! What a fun article!!!
Lavender by Air What makes something precious? The price tag? Or perhaps that someone you love desires it? We recently suffered a traumatic horticultural loss -- one of Jean's treasured Provence La...
I'm thinking of adding a line of edibles to the products I sell. What kind of insurance is needed for these?
There’s only 1 week left to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate for USLC 2015!! Don’t miss this chance to save $30 on your registration! http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=848739bab877ecbfca6f2eb8b&id=0fad5f35c9
What better way to escape the winter cold than spending a lavender filled weekend in San Antonio Texas where the average January temperature is 63 degrees! Network with over 150 lavender growers, vendors & enthusiasts from all over the US. Learn from some of the biggest names in the lavender indust…
Here is just a snippet of an article from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Lots of interesting info about a variety of essential oils which help with anxiety and depression, of course we are interested in Lavender. To read the whole article click on the link at the bottom. Lavender: The Purple Flower of Peace It’s no secret: we’re big fans of lavender L. angustifolia here at the American College. Not only does it smell divine, it is an extremely versatile herb and essential oil with a number of practical uses, including pest control, sleep support, and of course, promoting a healthy mood. But how does it help depression? The British Pharmacopoeia recommends lavender tincture for mild depression, and research supports this. In a small but relevant double-blind trial, patients with mild to moderate depression showed improvement after receiving 60 drops of lavender tincture (1:5 in 50% alcohol) per day. A study in 2007 also showed that lavender aromatherapy reduced serum cortisol—which plays a central role in the body’s response to stress—in healthy men.  The researchers concluded: “These findings suggest that lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects and may have beneficial acute effects on coronary circulation.” Further, it’s possible that lavender essential oil can be an effective substitute for other common and potentially addictive psychoactive drugs used for anxiety. A 2010 study investigated the use of lavender with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Silexan, an oral lavender oil capsule preparation, when taken over 6 weeks was shown to effectively relieve generalized anxiety comparable to a common benzodiazepine (lorazepam), a powerful psychoactive drug.  Researchers also noted: “The safety of silexan was also demonstrated. Since lavender oil showed no sedative effects in our study and has no potential for drug abuse, silexan appears to be an effective and well tolerated alternative to benzodiazepines for amelioration of generalized anxiety.” However, it’s important to note that these studies were assessing the relaxing properties of lavender L. angustifolia and NOT lavandin Lavandula intermedia (Emeric ex Loisel.), which can have stimulating effects. When using lavender essential oil for relaxing therapeutic purposes, it is crucial to check that the Latin name reads: Lavandula angustifolia. Click on the link to read more.
With a very recent study showing a link between anti-anxiety medications and dementia, there is ever-more reason to choose natural essential oils.
A fall recipe for the first day of fall. Do you have a favorite fall recipe, you are willing to share, using lavender of course.
Welcome to our newest members of the USLGA. Debrena Gordon from Covington, VA Blue Spring Run Farm Tasha Brieger from Blanco, TX Hill Country Lavender Mary Hendon from Blairsville, GA No Business Listed Steven Wuytack from Mill Hall, PA Racillia Collis Farm Nancy Bagget from Ellicott City, MD No Business Listed Danny Davies from Dickens, TX Thistledew Lavender Farm Marlene Dawson from Silver Lake, IN Dawson Lavender Farm Please introduce yourselves and tell us something about your farms. We are so glad to have you join us.
Ayelign Mengesha, a student in Soheil Mahmoud's lab at University of British Columbia - Okanogan, has been doing genetic marker relationship research. This has resulted in getting a clearer idea on the genetic relationships between a few species and varieties. Genetic marker research will help the lavender industry in the future, because people will be able to clearly verify what plant variety they have. Other ways it will help is yet to unfold, but it will!
Soheil Mahmoud and Lauren Erland's lavender research plot at University of British Columbia - Okanogan. Her research is on: "regeneration and chemical mutagenesis of lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) to produce improved lavender cultivars with modified essential oil content and screening of these cultivars for improved biological activity." Which, in lay person's terms, means she's working with what happens when Lav. x-intermedia "Grosso" tissue samples are subjected to chemicals that mutate the genetic structure, and then seeing which ones will grow into a better variety. Out of over a thousand samples at the start she has, maybe, 12 that are contenders. This is one kind of research that will affect the lavender industry in the future.
Many of our members advertise with Mother Earth Living. This article is one of many which promote the benefits of Lavender.
Make your entire abode smell like summer by cleaning with lavender oil.
Three of our members are at University of British Columbia, Okanogan, for a great conference with lavender researchers.
Tentative Program Friday, September 19, 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm Registration and Meet and Greet Light refreshments served Saturday, September 20, 2014 8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast and Late Registration...
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Join us in our second national lavender growers conference! Our first conference focused on growing the new lavender industry; our second gathering is to offer information, resources and networking to help YOU to GROW your lavender related business. In addition to networking and learning, this is a…