Lavender is a medicinal plant. It was the Romans who made it a perfume for bathing and laundry.
It is only in the Middle Ages that one sees appearing the term lavender of the Latin “lavare” which means to wash; it has long been believed that bad smells spread diseases.
Around the lavender
Worldwide renowned for its unique landscapes, its amazing perfume and its extraordinary benefits, lavender is cultivated by passionate men and women, ready to share their story and “savoir-faire”. At the heart of a rich land of natural and cultural heritage, you’ll learn more about this plant: cultivation, fields maintenance, mechanical or manual cut (with sickle).
You will discover the plantation, the maintenance of the lavender fields, but also the cut of the lavender which can be manual (with the sickle, traditional cut) or mechanical. You will learn that lavender is harvested for different uses: Bouquets (cut with sickle) for decoration. The flower that is put in sachet or not, to perfume. It is distilled to be used in essential oil directly for perfume, or to enter the composition of perfume, cosmetic or other products.
Lavender is harvest for different uses:
- Bunches (cut with a sickle) for decoration
- Flowers to perfume
- Distilled into essential oil for perfume or cosmetics industry
Lavender is honored all over the Provence through local fairs where you can meet producers and learn more about this incredible plant:
- « Fête de la lavande » in Ferrassières, the 1st Sunday of July
- « Fête de la lavande » in Sault, the 15th of august
- « Corso de la lavande » in Valréas, the 1st weekend of August