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.
In their own words, “Sunovion has a commitment to work with partners to support the local, regional and global community as part of our overall Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. Collaboration helps in meaningful ways to build stronger communities where our employees live and work, a passion shared by our people.”
Sunovion has been a valued and generous supporter for many, many years. They have supported our epilepsy awareness initiatives and Purple Day events from our Heads Up To Vets program, to our Great Purple Cupcake Project for Epilepsy Awareness, and most recently, gathered together and created (Build-a-Bear style!) teddy bears that we can offer to children with epilepsy as a gift that gives them a friend and a smile.
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.
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!
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!
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.