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Farm Feature: Olympic Lavender – Sequim’s Organic Lavender Farm

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Lavender has been used for centuries to heal aches and pains, cure headaches, and soothe the mind. The scent of lavender is used for aromatherapy to create a sense of calm that is accompanied by an alertness, rather than sleepiness. Lavender is unique among herbs for its aroma and properties, and perhaps for its flexibility. Lavender is used today for teas, as a flavor in honey, in all kinds of bath and body products, from lotions to bath salts, and as an herb for cooking savory dishes as well as for baking treats.

Olympic Lavender stands out as a producer of certified organic lavender, and they produce a beautiful selection of products that are all locally handmade. The farm store not only has bundles of dried lavender and sachets of lavender buds, but they feature a great bath and body section as well as some special culinary treats. You can order online, too. If you haven’t tried cooking with lavender yet, starting off with the easy-to-use Lavender Scone Mix from Olympic Lavender will probably set you on the right track. And if you’re already hooked on cooking with lavender, they also have pure culinary quality lavender for sale as well as lavender pepper, which is incredibly for cooking meats or adding to salad dressings.

Sequim is the home to quite a number of lavender farms. The region is known worldwide for producing the highest quality lavender and lavender products. The reasons for the abundance and quality of lavender in the Dungeness Valley are numerous – the soil is a sandy, rocky loam which ensures that water drains well, the area gets very little rain throughout the year, and the lavender plants bask in the right amount of sun for a plentiful summer bloom. Additionally, the people of the Dungeness Valley intentionally chose a crop that they enjoy and that they felt could add beauty and bring commerce to a region once used primarily for dairy cows.

During the summer, Sequim Lavender Festival brings people from around the world to the lavender farms of the Dungeness Valley. All of the lavender farms in the region are beautiful and unique in their own way. During the Festival, everyone opens their farms for extended hours, hoping to share their way of life and passion for lavender with everyone who steps through the doors. Olympic Lavender’s organic lavender products are of the highest quality and made with considerable care, ensuring that you get the best in every bundle.

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  • Scott Nagel February 23, 2012, 12:27 am

    Hi, I think I lost the message going to you. Anyway your readers will want to know about the Sequim International Lavender Conference, April 27-29, 2012 in Sequim. This will be the 3rd conference in Sequim and we have speakers and attendees from Australia, England, Canada, and the US. More information is at http://www.sequimlavenderconference.com. Call me if you have questions – Scott Nagel, Executive Director, 360-808-3940. Thanks, you have a great resource here. Scott

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