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FAQ

  • Why is lavender beneficial to me?
    The healing properties of lavender have been thoroughly documented and researched for hundreds of years. It has been demonstrated to have a sedative effect on human nervous system via fragrance and ingestion, that is, it can assist our responses to negative stress and anxiety but not affect our essential brain functions. It is known to uplift and revive the spirits of someone feeling emotionally depleted and depressed. It has excellent antiseptic action for the topical treatment of external wounds, burns, sprains and abrasions as well as being an excellent insect repellent and will reduce the itching of insect bites. It is also the first choice in the treatment of insomnia and can help in the management of migraines and headaches.
  • When is the lavender in flower?
    Our commercial lavender varieties flower late spring and early summer (November/December) before we have to harvest for buds and essential oil distillation.
  • When can I visit the farm?
    Normally we would open to visitors in December during the peak lavender flowering period, however, this year 2022 WE ARE CLOSED until further notice due to unprecedented extreme wet weather which has affected access to our property. We sincerely regret this circumstance but hope you understand that we are just one of many farmers dealing with extreme and damaging weather at the moment and our property has been affected. We will be undergoing repairs and landscaping works this year and intend to reopen December 2023.
  • Which retail shops stock your product?
    Our products are stocked at multiple retail outlets throughout the Blue Mountains, we are thankful for the support of: + Echo Point Tourist Information Office and Glenbrook Tourist Information Office (Blue Mountains City Council) + NPWS Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath; + Lithgow Tourist Information Office, Great Western Hwy, Lithgow; + Moontree, 157 Leura Mall, Leura (a retail shop featuring fragrant candles, gifts and homewares); + Blue Mountains Makers, Shop 4 with the yellow door, Wentworth Falls Village (co-op of handmade treasures by Blue Mountains artisan makers); + Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Bells Line of Road, Mt Tomah + Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, City Art Gallery, shop and cafe, Katoomba + Blue Mountains Food Coop, 1 & 2 Ha'penny Lane, Katoomba + Twig Blackheath and Lithgow, Great Western Hwy, Blackheath & Main St, Lithgow
  • How do I use lavender in cooking?
    Cooking with lavender is just as easy as with any other herb however Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender) is the only variety of lavender to use in cooking. Generally, only the flower buds are used (dried or fresh), because they contain the essential oil of lavender which is where the flavour and goodness lie. The easiest way to incorporate lavender in your recipes is to INFUSE the buds into any liquid that requires heating, for instance, when you melt butter for cakes or slices, add a few spoonfuls of buds and let the flavour infuse for around half an hour before straining out the soggy buds (squeeze all the flavour from them) and using the liquid as normal. We make a 2:2:1 ratio water:sugar:lavender syrup which we use in our home-made ice cream with an added drop or two of L. angustifolia essential oil to give it a lavender kick. Bruce’s own lavender recipe had many visitors declaring it the best ice cream they had ever tasted! I particularly love using lavender everyday to service my tea addiction, herbal, minty and fresh combined with lemonbalm in the morning or paired with Earl Grey or English Breakfast black tea for a mid afternoon boost. I am looking forward to winter when I can finish my day with a soothing cup of lavender hot chocolate too. Lavender can also be substituted in savoury dishes instead of rosemary, the floral citrus notes cut through fatty meats like lamb but are delicate enough to enhance fish and chicken. Dried lavender stores well and retains its aroma and flavour (like any woody herb) for many months in an airtight jar kept away from sunlight. Try these ideas or use them to spark creativity in the kitchen: * To create lavender infused sugar, seal two teaspoons of dried buds into several cups of sugar in an airtight container for a week. Use this sugar to sweeten beverages or cookies. * Create lavender honey by adding four teaspoons of chopped lavender blossoms to one cup of warmed honey. Add one tablespoon of lime or lemon juice. Steep for one hour, then reheat and strain to remove blooms. * Use lavender buds in marinades and meat rubs, or toss whole lavender stems on the grill to infuse meat with a complex, herbal smoke flavour. I hope this has given you some ideas to incorporate this versatile herb into your everyday kitchen and benefit from the wonderful fragrance and medicinal properties that lavender offers!
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