Lake Garda lavender
OFFICINA DELLE ERBE DEL GARDA
25015 Desenzano del Garda (BS)
Spring and autumn: visit to the lavender field and distillation demonstration at the farm
Summer: visit to the lavender field, lavender flower harvest, and distillation demonstration at the farm
Winter: distillation demonstration at the farm or hands-on lessons on cream or fragrance preparation using essential oils.
Upon reservation, specialised hands-on courses are available.
Harvest and distillation of the ancient officinal plant
In the Preserve “Corridoio morenico delle Colline del Garda” (Lake Garda hills morainic corridor), Officina delle Erbe del Garda, a certified organic farm, offers a tour of their lavender field, combined with harvest by hand and steam distillation to immediately extract the precious essential oil and the herbal distillate. This is an opportunity to become more familiar with lavender and its important health properties: antiseptic, analgesic, bactericidal, healing, deodorant, antiparasitic, anti-migraine, relaxing, and much more.
In the 17th century cowshed of Gruppo Rovere old farm, educational workshops are offered where guests participate to the preparation of the products: flowers are manually predisposed, the distilling equipment is set up, and essential oils are extracted from the plant tissue through steam transfer. Drops of this precious and highly fragrant essential oil can be observed during the process. Finally, a small sweet and savoury tasting is offered, with homemade products featuring saffron and herbs.
Lavender is harvested in the summer, at dawn or late afternoon when the bees stop collecting nectar. This officinal herb can be distilled even when dry, so it is possible to enjoy the distillation experience all year round.
Couples, families with children, active tourists, sports lovers, and all those who value nature, cultivation by hand, and organic products.
What is included
Visit of the field, explanation of the activity, small tasting.
What is not included
Everything not mentioned above.
Comfortable clothes and low shoes. In the winter, boots and winter jacket.
All activities take place at ground level.