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Lavender (Lavendula officinalis)
Country of Origin France
Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae).
Method of Extraction: The oil is steam distilled from the freshly cut flowering tops.
Main Theraputic Properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Antispasmodic, Calmative.
Contraindications: Non toxic and non irritant in prescribed doses.
Did you know: The plant name is derived from the latin 'Lavare' - to wash, probably from its use to cleanse wounds.
Oil Appearance: Clear to pale yellow.
Chakra: Heart, Crown & Base.
Chinese Element: Fire (& Wood).
Lavender is a hardy shrub which grows up to one meter in height.
Lavender has a fresh, floral, sweet aroma and is clear to pale yellow in colour. Our Lavender grows at around 1,000 metres in the foothills of the Alps, in the Provence region of France. It has a 44% Linalyl Acetate content indicating a superior quality oil. Its overall Ester content is 50-52%, which gives this exceptionally fine oil its gentle, rounded aroma.
The plant name is derived from the latin 'Lavare' - to wash, probably from its use to cleanse wounds.
Lavender is best known for its relaxing properties; try placing two drops on a handkerchief by your pillow at bedtime.
As Lavender blends very well with many other oils, try the following blend: 3 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Mandarin and 1 drop of Geranium in a teaspoon of Sweet Almond oil, add to a warm bath for a long, relaxing soak.
Colour and Odour: The essential oil is clear with a hint of yellow. It has a fresh, sweet, floral scent.
Description: A shrub growing to about 90cm tall having narrow linear, grey-green leaves and beautiful blue-violet flowers borne on long spikes.
Background: Probably introduced by the Romans to England, lavender quickly became popular for strewing, in pot-pourris and also widely used in perfumes. Lavender is the most versatile and useful essential oils for therapeutic purposes.
Properties: Sedative, tonic, hypotensive, antiseptic, diuretic, balancing.
Urinary System-Beneficial for cystitis.
Circulatory System-Can be valuable in the treatment of palpitations and high blood pressure.
Respiratory System-Beneficial for treating throat infections. Can help asthma sufferers when their condition is associated with mental or emotional trauma.
Nervous System-Calms and number of emotional disorders including insomnia, migraine, excitability and nervous tension. Particularly good for depression.
Skin- An excellent skin rejuvenator, good for stretch marks. Lavender is also a very effective remedy for sunburn, insect bites, minor burns and stings.
Skeletal System-Beneficial for general joint pain.
Muscular System-Good for muscular and rheumatic aches and pains.