It's not a secret people are more stressed out these days. Heck, at the end of 2022, Google reported Flint's most searched item of the year was for comedy shows. Nothing says we're stressed like needing a laugh or something soothing, calming. While comedy shows are one way to let off steam, working out can help... or a stroll through a giant lavender farm.

Lavender Farm in Imlay City, MI

Only 30 or so minutes' drive from Flint, you'll find Indigo Lavender Farms (631 N Van Dyke Rd, Imlay City, MI 48444). Of course, you can walk through giant rows / fields of lavender, schedule a tour, see the honeybees, do yoga, picnic, photo shoots or check out the organic products they make.

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Michigan Lavender Festival Imlay City, MI

Each year, the Michigan Lavender Festival celebrates "Wellness, Women and Lavender." This year's festival (the 21st) is scheduled for June 23rd-25th, 2023 at Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds. They have everything from arts, crafts, food and drink... and lavender, of course.

What are the health benefits of lavender?

According to WebMD, Lavender oil has "calming effects to help relax certain muscles along with antibacterial and antifungal effects." People use it to calm anxiety, stress, even to sleep better.

Popular Michigan Lavender Farms

Lavender blooms around late June/July in Michigan. In case you're the summer road trip type, you might check these out, too.

  • Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI
  • Lavender Lane Farm Milan, MI
  • Lavender Hill Farm Boyne City, MI (an amazing, peaceful garden)
  • Northern Lavender Mesick, MI

So, the next time you feel like you need a stress reliever think of flowing fields of purple (er, lavender) and breathe deeply.

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