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provence lavender


Besides its fascinating historical towns and rustic cuisine,
the southern French region of Provence is also synonymous with its sweeping
lavender fields – their colour, texture and scent all capturing the essence of
Provence.

The best time of year to view the lavender in all its glory is
normally in early July, depending on the rainfall, though any time between June
and August is a good time to see the purple plants in bloom, with the lavender
then being harvested to be used for all kinds of purposes. In July and August,
you’ll also see an even brighter combination of colours filling the fields as
yellow sunflowers also burst into bloom alongside the lavender.


One of the best places to head to for a great photo
opportunity is just a short distance from our villas in Provence, in
front of Senanque Abbey near Gordes, though its advised to come early, when the
light is in its best position and the crowds are fewer. For more great photo
captures, look for lavender fields which contain stone bories, small shepherds’
huts which only add to the spectacular scenery.

The lavender fields of Provence can be explored not only by
car but also by bike and even on foot. Several lavender farms will give you
tours of their fields and distilleries, giving you an insight into how the
lavender is harvested and used as an ingredient in several products. Some towns
in the region, such as Valreas and Sault, even hold their own lavender
festivals, while in Coustellet you can learn all about the history of lavender
farming in Provence at the Lavender Museum.

Over the centuries, lavender has been put to several uses,
and was historically heralded for its medicinal properties, used to heal or
soothe anything from insect bites to acne and headaches. Lavender also has
antiseptic properties, meaning it can be used as a disinfectant, and dried
lavender also works wonders for repelling moths from clothing. We most
regularly use lavender, however, due to its unique fragrance, in the form of
oils, bath products and household items such as air fresheners. Some chefs are
also experimenting with using lavender oil in food, extracting the oil from the
buds rather than the leaves.

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