Lavender Oil

Lavender OilCommon name: Lavender Oil
Botanical name: Lavandula officinalis, vera, spica or angustifolia
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Habitat regions: Mediterranean, Southern Alps, Middle East, China, India
Common method of extraction: Steam distillation
Part of plant used: Flowering tops
Color: Light yellow
Scent: Fresh, floral, sweet and clean
Combines well with: Almost every essential oil and especially with Clary Sage, Geranium, Pine, Lemon, Orange and Bergamot oil.

Description: Lavender is the most popular essential oil. It has been used since antiquity for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. Egyptians used lavender oil in mummification process of their dead, Greeks used it for insomnia therapy and Roman used to add it in their baths to scent their body and hair. It believed that the name “lavender“ derived from the latin verb “lavare” which means to wash.

Lavender OilLavender oil is generally considered as the most useful, versatile and beneficial oil for many physical and emotional conditions. It has calming properties and it can balance strong emotions, enhance memory and relieve tension and insomnia. Moreover, lavender oil is used to heal skin disorders and circulatory problems, to alleviate muscle pains, to assists immune system and to help women with pre-menstrual syndrome.

Lavender oil properties

High

Middle

Low

Antiphlogistic Antidepressant Antiinfectious
Relaxing Antispasmodic Anticoagulant
Calming Cicatrizant Anti-rheumatic
Sedative   Antiseptic
    Bactericide
    Diuretic
    Emmenagogue
    Balancing
    Tonic
    Vermicide
    Antitoxic
    Deodorant

Therapeutic action

 

High

Middle

Low

Neurology Stress   Migraine
  Insomnia   Neurasthenia
  Irritability    
  Nervousness    
Skin   Wound Acne
    Scratch Insects bite
    Burn Dermatitis
    Itching  
Cardiology     Tachycardia
      Cardialgia
Digestion     Dyspepsia
      Colitis
      Enteritis
Rheumatology   Myalgia Rheumatism
    Cramps  
General Health Care     Dizziness
Pneumology     Asthma
      Cough
Venereology     Leucorrhoea
      Blennorrhagia
Hair     Louse
Otolaryngology (ENT)     Respiratory disorders
Urology      Urinary track infections

Precautions: Lavender oil is considered as non irritant and can be applied to skin in undiluted form. Nevertheless, people with very sensitive skin should always dilute it with carrier oil before use. Moreover, people with low blood pressure may feel drowsy after use, while women during the 3 first months of pregnancy and lactation should avoid using lavender oil. Finally, lavender oil is associated to hormonal imbalances that may cause gynecomastia in young boys and pre-pubescent breast development in girls.

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