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 in April of 2017. This experience helped create the vision of a “sowlabration,” and we opened in June of 2017. Spring of 2021, will be our fifth year open. Our bundles of lavender are available to purchase.
At FarmHouse Harvest Lavender, we have an on-site food truck that provides a 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.