The Lavender of Tomorrow

woman running at Run Through the Lavender 5k Race in Mona, UT
Experience Young Living’s authentic Lavandula angustifolia during the Run Through the Lavender 5K Race at the Mona, Utah, farm July 9, 2011.

What is the future of lavender? What is going to happen? Are there places where it is being grown successfully? Yes, there are. But what kind of lavender are they growing?

For example, in Tasmania, Australia, a cloned hybrid that does not produce seed is very beautiful to see with a perfectly even color and manicured picture perfect. Without education, anyone visiting would think it is the most beautiful lavender in the world.

Most of the lavender coming into the U.S. is coming from China through France. It is first bought by French brokers, synthetically altered and extended, and then shipped to the U.S. as French lavender. And who would know the difference? England and Bulgaria are growing hybrid lavender.

If you challenge what I am saying, then make a world trip, get educated, and see for yourself.

Do not sit back and listen to the people from a marketing and sales company tell you that they can be trusted to give you the highest quality of pure lavender. They likely don’t know the origin of their oil, so how can they give you any kind of a guarantee? Be bold—ask them to take you to their farm where the lavender is being grown or to tell you where the farm is located, so you can go see for yourself.

Go to Tasmania and see the lavender as Mary and I did. Ask them why they don’t sell seed in their gift shop.

Besides France and Australia, go visit the small farms in England, Belgium, and China and look at the beautiful fields of one-pristine color, which is not caused because they are using organic practices but is caused because the fields are genetically modified through hybrid breeding.

Then come visit the Young Living fields in Utah and Idaho and see the multiple-colored lavender from light to deep purple. See the look of true lavender for yourself.

3 thoughts on “The Lavender of Tomorrow

  1. Hi Gary, I am fairly young to Young Living Oils and our company.(#1087012)
    I read with aghast your resatations on Lavender and would like to tell everyone I come in contact with whats happenning. I send out a small newsletter every couple of weeks.
    With your OK I would like to include your information including your name on everything as the author.
    Would there be satisfactory soil and climate conditions in Australia to grow true Lavender.
    Thanks for your time. You are doing a truelly fantastic job.
    Seek joy, Richard.

  2. Hello, Richard,

    We are pleased to count you as a Young Living friend. As long as you mention who the author is of blog entries, you are welcome to share them.

    In addition to my Provence, France, lavender farm, we have two other farms in Mona, Utah, and St. Maries, Idaho, where we grow lavender.

    Australia is a great source for a number of our essential oils like blue cypress, three eucalyptus varieties, melaleuca (M. alternifolia), and manuka. I appreciate your asking if we could farm lavender in Australia. It all depends on the climate and soil. Lavender grows well in more rocky soil and needs a moderate amount of rainfall. However, it likes the cold and snow in the dormant season. If you have all of that, you should be able to grow lavender.

    Thanks for asking,


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