I have always been a lover of lavender essential oil and use it almost on a daily basis so I was pleasantly surprised to discover a lot more about lavender in New Zealand.
I recently returned from spending the holidays in this beautiful country with family. It is currently summer there and everything was in full bloom, including my new favorite tree, the Pohutukawa Tree. It’s known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree because it blooms every year around Christmas. I seriously can’t get this tree out of my mind. Being obsessed with it, I just went online and ordered a poster from Ebay with a picture of this tree just so I can look at it every day.
One of our first excursions was Black Water Rafting in the Waitomo Caves where you can see all the glow worms. If you ever go to New Zealand, make sure you add this to your itinerary. I have to say it was one of most adventurous, unique things I have ever done.
On the way back we stopped at this little Persimmon Tree Cafe for a cappuccino and I saw a business card for a lavender farm that was just around the corner. I have always dreamed of going to a lavender field, walking through it and getting pictures amidst this beautiful flowering plant. After all it is part of my theme and branding for Natural Healing Hope. The helpful cafe owner called the owner of the farm and arranged for us to pop over.
Our Lavender Patch in Pirongia, New Zealand
This lavender farm is quite small but absolutely beautiful and charming. It is called Our Lavender Patch and is located in Pirongia on the North Island, south of Hamilton which is the area where my daughter and her husbands family all reside.
We were greeted by Mike, the owner, who was working with his grandsons on tasks for their family lavender business. Mike was nice enough to show us around and give us a good education on the different kinds of lavender for different uses. He also showed us how it is harvested and dried, how buds are removed and how the lavender is distilled to produce the essential oil. We were able to walk around his fields, take pictures and shop from their little store of items produced from their lavender.
We bought several of their products, including their essential oil. One of our favorite products was their roll-on deodorant which is free from aluminum and goes on so smoothly, leaving you feeling fresh and clean all day long. I’ve tried other natural deodorants because I have read so much that causes me concern with regular deodorant. All the others I have tried have felt sticky to me. Their deodorant is only $8 New Zealand dollars which is about $5.86 US dollars as of today. They will ship to the US but it is a bit costly to ship. I am thinking it may be worth it though when I run out of this deodorant.
New Zealand’s Lavender Trail
This little stop on our journey inspired me so much to learn more about lavender in New Zealand and to visit more farms while I was there. Surprisingly New Zealand has many lavender farms spread across both the north and south islands which has become known as the New Zealand Lavender Trail.
There is a New Zealand Lavender Growers Association which has 120 members and an informational website to help farmers and visitors find all the different farms across New Zealand. While the rest of the lavender growing world is done with their growing season and experiencing winter, the New Zealand growing season is in full swing producing lavender to be used in natural products locally and to be shipped abroad.
Alphra Lavender in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Toward the end of our trip, we were able to visit another lavender farm called Alphra Lavender which is located in Te Awamutu, also south of Hamilton. The day we went it was raining but it was still so beautiful and we were able to get some fun pictures by their fields both before and after our visit to their shop. The rain even stopped for a few minutes on our way out. They have a gorgeous website with a full product line of natural products made with their lavender as well as several varieties of lavender essential oils.
Every variety of lavender has a slightly different scent. The variety I usually use at home from Young Living didn’t smell like I thought lavender oil would smell when I first tried it. I didn’t really like it at first, however I am accustomed to it now and enjoy it. While visiting these farms in New Zealand, I was able to try other varieties of lavender essential oils and I was surprised to find such variation in the scent. So if you ever try a lavender oil you don’t particularly care for, you may want to try a different variation.
The Many Varieties of Lavender
There are over 40 varieties of lavender grown worldwide all with different properties and chemical constituents. Some varieties like Pacific Blue, are best used for culinary purposes. Some stand up to the heat of distillation and produce a better yield of oil and a longer lasting scent. While at Alphra Lavender, Julie, the owner, let me smell a bottle of Grosso Lavandin that was bottled back in 2001 and it still has maintained its vibrant scent and potency.
The most common variety of lavender, also known as English Lavender is the species called Lavandula Angustifolia. Even though it is known as English lavender it is not native to England but to the Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy, and Croatia). This is the variety of Lavender that I normally use from Young Living.
Some of the varieties I brought home with me from New Zealand include Grosso Lavandin from Alphra Lavender and Super Grosso from Our Lavender Patch. I am going to be using these oils as a special bonus to go with my New Zealand Collection of Aromatherapy Bracelets. These are currently being designed and created from beads, buttons, and inspiration I gathered from all over New Zealand.
Stayed Tuned for What’s to Come
I closed my shops while I was overseas. They will reopen on February 1st stocked with fresh designs of my Aromatherapy Bracelets. I did take my bracelets with me and photographed them on location to share on Instagram with the hashtag #AromatherapyBraceletsOntheGo. You can see these at the bottom of my website. Follow me on Instagram to see these photos with more to come as well. By following me you’ll be the first to see new designs of my New Zealand Collection as they become available.
Stay tuned for a series of blog posts all about lavender. I’ll be writing about the health and wellness benefits, recipes, DIY projects and more. My next post is Lavender: God’s gift for our health and wellbeing.
What about you? Are you a lover of lavender? What are your favorite uses for this lovely gift from God?
Wishing you Joy in your journey,
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