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Essential oils from the Niagara Region

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a lavender farm in the Niagara region of Ontario. Busy Bees Gardens is the first of its kind in an area known for its fruit trees and vineyards. I find this really exciting since I live an hour away. Could this be the beginning of an essential oil industry located so close to home? Currently I have to source most of my essential oils from Europe so the idea of having locally grown essential oils and hydrosols in my products is very exciting.

As we approached Busy Bees Gardens, I could see rows and rows of lavender growing as well as a large greenhouse with a small boutique attached. As we walked in, we were warmly greeted by co-owner Robert who told us we were just in time for a tour he was conducting. We were taken into the greenhouse where the scent and sight of herbs growing from the ground were everywhere. Robert showed us several types of lavender, lemongrass, rose geranium, and rosemary. At the end of the tour, we were able to witness the distillation process in their one-of-a-kind glass still where we could see tons of lavender being heated up to create the heavenly lavender essential oil and hydrosol (the water portion of the process).

After the tour, we landed in the lavender boutique where Robert’s partner, Melissa was available to answer any questions about the beautiful products lining the shelves. I purchased their Rose Geranium Liquid Hand Soap. Every time I use it, I feel uplifted by the lovely aroma and proud that my province could create such a high quality essential oil. I also bought lavender sponge toffee. Absolutely delightful. They have a huge selection of bath, body and culinary treats, all made with the herbs that they have grown.

If you are in the region, you must visit this wonderful attraction. I am excited to see this unique farm grow and to hopefully be one of their loyal wholesale clients in the future.