Lavender in Tuscany
Discover lavender in the Tuscan countryside!
Our guests can take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to discover lavender farming in Tuscany. Come enjoy aromatic herbs and lavender fields in Tuscany thanks to the very interesting project organised with a farm near Civitella, the village of Casina di Rosa!
Lavender in Tuscany and Casina di Rosa (article, pdf, 1,77MB)featured in Vie del Gusto, May 2007 issue!!!
Spend a day in the beautiful Tuscan countryside!
Lavender and aromathic herbs
Price: €110 per person
Period: May, June, July
The daytrip includes:
- visit to the herb garden
- brief explanation about lavender and aromatic herbs and their farming
- visit to the lavender fields and demonstration of harvesting methods
- demonstration of distillation
- work on the herbs. You can choose between:
learning how to prepare cosmetic herb-based recipes and
introduction to aromatherapy
learning to cook with aromatic herbs
- traditional home made meal at the farm
- gift basket with lavender-based products
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean. It is a very beautiful, sweet-smelling plant, which is used in many different ways. It is commonly used to scent linen and many products against cloth-moths are lavender-based.
Read these notes about lavender and book your day dedicated to lavender in Tuscany!
Lavender is used in many products for personal care: soaps, creams, cologne and more refined essences. This plant is also commonly used to prepare homeopathic remedies, and because of its painkilling and soothing virtues, it is a fundamental scent in aromatherapy.
Lavender has many properties: it is aromatic, purifying, antiseptic, balsamic, sedative, relaxant and anti-inflammatory. And it is even digestive, antirheumatic and cicatrizing.
Many different things which are an essential part of rural tradition, including that of the countryside of Tuscany, are made out of lavender. Teas, extracts and essences to drink or great products for body care, such as lavages and compresses, lotions and oils and, of course, lavender water, which was present in every girl’s trousseau.
Lavender-based natural products that you can prepare at home
Lavender baths are considered one of the best methods to relax and tone up the body. Boil 50gr of lavender flowers or spikes in a litre of water for approx. 10 minutes, and then filter and pour the infusion in bath water. If, on the other hand, you have blooming lavender, the best thing to do is to prepare a little bouquet of lavender and leave it in the water before taking your relaxing bath.
Lavender water is acknowledged as one of the best natural remedies to tone skin up. In the past, lavender flowers were picked and used to prepare the precious lotion. It is still very easy to prepare lavender water. Just leave the lavender flowers to macerate in 1lt of pure alcohol for 15 days and then filter it into glass bottles. Lavender water is perfect after a bath or shower to massage one’s skin, which becomes immediately soft and scented. Besides, lavender water is excellent to keep mosquitoes away!
Lavender is also used to prepare excellent recipes. Bees love lavender, and lavender honey is one of the best. It is very common in France. In Tuscany, however, lavender nectar is mixed with other flowers’ nectars, as lavender fields are not as widespread as in Provence and in Southern France.
In the links page there is a section dedicated to lavender in Tuscany and all over the world.
And don’t forget to check our books store and to buy a book about lavender!
What to read next…
Do you need a book about lavender?
Buy it from our “lavender in Tuscany” bookstore! Do you want to discover the other tours for the guests of Casina di Rosa?
- Tuscan olive oil tasting tour
- Tuscan wine tasting tour
- Cooking classes in Tuscany
Do you want to know more about Casina di Rosa?
Read the vacation rental reviews written by the guests of Casina di Rosa! Do you wish to see more photos?
Visit our photogallery!
You will find photos of the house, of the village and of many interesting and beautiful places which are very easily reachable from Casina di Rosa! Many photos were taken by our guests during their daytrips!
Do you wish to know more about possible daytrips and activities in the area?
If you are looking for suggestions and ideas for possible daytrips in the area, please, visit the section concerning activities and daytrips in this area of Tuscany (Upper Maremma). All the places mentioned can be easily reached from Casina di Rosa.
A car is necessary in order to explore the many beautiful villages and towns in the surrounding area.