Stroll through the beautiful lavender gardens and brick walkways of FarmHouse Harvest Lavender in Benton, Illinois. We live in an 1899 farmhouse situated on 17 acres of land west of Rend Lake.
With the help of our children and their friends, we successfully planted and sowed 1,000 individual lavender plants last April. This experience helped create the vision of a “sowlabration,” and we dream of offering a U-Pick of fresh lavender bundles in 2018.
At FarmHouse Harvest Lavender, we have an on-site food truck that provides fresh and delicious picnic lunch. We also have a one-of-a-kind gift cottage full of handmade linen items and lavender body products.
Take a break from work, relax, and unwind in our peaceful countryside setting. If you have any questions regarding our services, you may reach us by phone. We’d love to hear from you.
History of Lavender
The History of Lavender
The use of lavender goes back more than 2,500 years ago. It’s derived from the Latin word, “lavare,” meaning, "to wash.” These beautiful purple flowers are believed to come from the Mediterranean, Middle East, and India.
In the bible, it was referred to as “spikenard.” The Romans also utilized its flowery scent in baths, clothes, beds, and hair, as well as discovered its medicinal properties.
Lavender is a flowering herb plant that comes from a mint family known for its beauty and sweet fragrance. It is grown commercially for oil, and it can be used as a disinfectant as well as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory medicine. An infusion of lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites, sunburn, small cuts, burns, acne, and other inflammatory conditions. Moreover, it can be used in aromatherapy, promoting sleep and relaxation.
For centuries, lavender has also been used in the preparation of food. It delivers a floral, slightly sweet, elegant flavor to desserts, dishes, and baked goods.
History of Linen
The History of Linen
People have been using linen for more than 8,000 years. It’s made from the fibers of a flax plant, which is commonly grown in European countries with cool and humid climates.
Linen has wicking, non-static, and nonallergic properties. It also naturally repels insects, and softens and shines when frequently washed. Linen lasts longer than other fabrics when properly maintained.