The Lavender Project for Epilepsy Awareness

Planting the seeds of epilepsy awareness 

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING THIS WEEK AT THE 2017 SEQUIM LAVENDER FESTIVAL Sequim, Washington – Lavender Capital of North America

Everywhere you look you can see shades of purple used to identify epilepsy awareness, whether it’s a t-shirt, tie, hat, or a piece of jewelry. VERY EXCITING TO SEE ALL THAT PURPLE! It means that we are all uniting to create a sense of family taking charge and making sure that everyone knows how to help someone…anyone, any age, in any place…who has a seizure. And, social media is driving that message across the United States and around the world. 

WE WANT YOU to add a lavender garden (or just one single lavender plant) to ensure that epilepsy awareness continues to “blossom.” Visit the amazing lavender farms that are scattered around the US and around the globe, or purchase lavender plants at your favorite nursery and plant them.

Take a picture. 

Film a short awareness video with your lavender backdrop.

Plant a sign or hold a sign in your lavender project selfie.

“Lavender for epilepsy awareness!”

Or…Write your own personal message.

Send them to us to share, and put them on your social media to highlight your lavender patch for epilepsy awareness. 

And, when you visit a fabulous lavender farm, be sure to leave our project bookmarks with lavender on the cover and first aid on the back. Shop-owners can make them handy for their customers and help their communities “grow” seizure first aid education all season long. Purple Day Is Every Day! 

When you’re shopping, why not take a moment to encourage people to buy lavender products? Invite them to join you and plant lavender gardens to support their neighbors and friends struggling every day with epilepsy and seizures. 

Just let us know how many bookmarks you want to share, and we will send them to you free of charge. Or, download and print today!

It’s important…One out of ten people will have a seizure and most people do not know how to help them. United we will increase important epilepsy education and reduce unnecessary fear. 

QUESTIONS: debra@akfus.org

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Lavender Projects First Sponsor Bridestow Lavender Estate

Established by the Denny family in 1922, Bridestowe Lavender Estate runs over 260 acres and is the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. An estimated 640,000 plants stretch across 250 miles in Nabowla, Tasmania, and make a visit to the farm an extraordinary experience. 

Only true French lavender is grown and harvested, a portion is dried and the remaining flowers are distilled to extract their fine oil. The end result is premium lavender oil and flowers that are used to create a variety of beautiful products, from skin creams, teas, soaps and linen sachets to their famous Bobbie Bear heat packs and lavender pancakes. 

Over 500,000 honey bees live, work and play at Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Looked after by our dedicated apiarist, they help to pollinate our lavender flowers and produce the most delightful honey.

Bridestowe’s light and sweet honey is one of the only monofloral or single flower honeys in the world. The large lavender fields of the estate and absence of other flowering plants in the area means that the bees only ever collect pollen from our lavender.

In summer, you can watch the apiarist collect honey fresh from the hives’ honeycomb and sample the purest honey within our honey processing facility.

All shades of purple are represented on their magnificent farm. And, when we reached out to the Bridestowe team with our story and a request for support of people with epilepsy they were quick to respond with a firm yes and a commitment to help in any way they can.

 

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Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Project Sponsor…Purple Haze Lavender Farm 

Owners Mike & Roz

PURPLE HAZE LAVENDER  is located in Sequim, Washington.  It’s the perfect place to explore their beautiful lavender farm, host a wedding, rent vacation space, or pick your own lavender to go.   Their organic lavender farm has incorporated the beauty and design of its fields into a landscape of gardens, orchards, ponds, wetlands and buildings. Their beautiful rows of purple is framed by a valley of open space and vistas of the Olympic Mountains. It’s a must see on a visit to Sequim.

If you want to learn about planting lavender, Purple Haze has all the info you need!

Braised Casserole with Bridestowe ‘Herbes de Provence’

1 kg chuck steak, cubed
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups white wine
4 cups beef stock
3 T Bridestowe ‘Herbes de Provence’
3 T Dijon mustard
2 bay leaves
3 T chopped fresh parsley
3 T unsalted butter
 
Combine flour, salt, pepper, paprika and cumin. Toss the beef in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.
 
Heat the oil in large frying pan or casserole dish and brown the meat in batches. Remove from pan and set aside.
 
Add onion and sauté until softened. Place meat and onions in casserole dish and add the carrots, potatoes, wine, beef stock, Bridestowe ‘herbes de Provence’, mustard and bay leaves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1½ hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and simmer for a further 45 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Remove the bay leaves and adjust the seasoning.  Add butter and chopped parsley just before serving.
 
More Recipes?  Download PDF 

Project Sponsor…Tumalo Lavender 

 Tumalo Lavender, located in Bend, Oregon, and owned and operated by Gordon and Judy Knight, occupies 10 acres with 15 varieties of lavender. Each variety was  chosen based on their beauty, climate hardiness , oil, scent and color. The farm, evocative of Provence, France, now spans 10 acres and boasts 10,000 lavender plants. 

Here is one recipe they recommend. Their website has several!

GRILLED VEGETABLES

Great for sandwiches, pasta sauce or just to add to a meal.

3 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar, along with juice from one lemon
2-3 cloves crushed garlic
2 tsp Tumalo Lavender “Herbes de Provence”
2 yellow bell peppers, cut lengthwise into strips
2 red bell peppers, cut lengthwise
10 asparagus spears, trimmed
6-8 green onions, trimmed,cut into 2 inch pieces

In a large bowl stir, together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, Herbes de Provence. Add all vegetables, toss to coat. Marinate for 15 minutes. Remove vegetables from marinade and arrange in a pan to cook over grill or broiler. Cook vegetables thoroughly until edges begin to blacken, approx 7-8 minutes. Serve hot or refrigerate.

 

 

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