June 16, 2014 – You don’t have to go all the way to the Provence region in France to experience the beauty of lavender fields. Those who live near Bucks County, Pa., can take in the wonderful fragrance at Peace Valley Lavender Farm and Carousel Lavender Farm, both located near New Hope. Here are a few photos of each farm, and some fun facts about this amazing plant.
It is said that Cleopatra used a perfume infused with lavender to seduce Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
Queen Victoria used to require that her furniture be polished with a lavender-based solution, and she also sipped tea infused with lavender to settle her stomach.
Lavender has the following properties: antibacterial, antidepressant, analgesic, and antiseptic. During London’s great plague, people would tie bunches of lavender to their wrists to fight infection and bacteria.
The lavender bud is covered in tiny hairs that contain the essential oils.
Back in the Elizabethan times, when baths weren’t common practice, lavender was used to perfume clothes and bed linen.
In French classrooms teachers used to crush lavender to calm disruptive and nervous students.