Lavender True (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender oil is a light, floral and herbaceous aroma with a woody, balsamic undertone.
The lavender plant has long stems with tiny blue-purple flowers covering them and is a popular English herb, as well as being widely cultivated in France.
Lavender essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowering tops by steam distillation.
Lavender oil is a calming and relaxing oil and is a popular choice of aromatherapists. A digestive remedy is to massage 5 drops of lavender oil in 25ml of carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond or grapeseed) gently into the abdomen in a clock-wise motion. The soothing properties of the oil are absorbed through the skin and the massage helps increase blood flow to this area.
Lavender oil has exceptional skin-enhancing properties, balances sebum production and encourages healthy cell growth. It is a ‘must have’ in all first aid kits, as the cicatrising properties help the skin heal quickly and the cytophylactic properties help to reduce scarring, as well as having powerful antiseptic properties that are useful in the treatment of open wounds.
Lavender has been long-used to keep moths and insects away from clothes, by placing lavender pillows or sachets in draws or in between bed sheets. It was also once thought to aid milder forms of epilepsy.
Chemical constituents - Borneol, Geraniol, Lavandulol, Linalool (Alcohols), Aeranyl acetate, Lavandulyl acetate, Linalyl acetate (Ester), Cineole (Ketone), Caryophyllene (Sesquiterpene), Limonene, Pinene (Terpenes).
Blending - Lavender essential oil blends especially well with citrus and floral oils, in particular with cedarwood, clove, clary sage, pine, geranium, and patchouli.
Lavender Essential Oil 10ml
Some suggested directions for use:
Add 6-10 drops in a bath.
Mix 5 drops with water to use in an oil burner.
Mix 6-10 drops with hot water as an inhalation.
Mix 5 drops per 10ml of carrier oil for massage.
Can be applied direct to skin problem areas (avoid if over-sensitive).
Do not take internally.
Keep away from children and eyes.
Avoid during early pregnancy as it is an emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow to the pelvis and uterus).
If low blood pressure, may cause drowsiness
If oil gets into eyes splash out with water, seek medical advice if necessary.
If unfamiliar with essential oils seek advice from a practitioner.