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.
D. Gary Young
NOTE: Experience Young Living’s authentic lavandula angustifolia during the Run Through the Lavender 5K Race at the Mona, Utah, farm July 9, 2011.