Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Family:  Lamiaceae or Labiatae

Typical Chemical Composition:

a-pinene (0.2 – 0.67%); limonene (0.02 – 0.68%); 1,8-cineole (0.01 – 0.21%); cis-ocimene (1.35 – 2.87%); trans-ocimene (0.86 – 1.36%); 3-octanone (1.75 – 3.04%); camphor (0.54 – 0.89%); linool (29.35 – 41.62%); linalyl acetate (46.71 – 53.80%); carophyllene (2.64 – 5.05%); terpinen-4-ol (0.03 – 4.16%); lavandulyl acetate (0.27 – 4.24%)

Therapeutic Actions:

Analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatricant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, fungicide, hyptensive, nervine, restorative, sedative, sudorific, vulerary.

Aaaaahhhh, the mother of essential oils. The devoted, caring, nurturing and unfailing qualities of this gentle plant are well known in so many households. It is calming, relaxing, balancing and helps bring harmony to our days.

Lavender is a beautiful, evergreen shrub, native to the Mediterranean region. There are approximately 30 different species of lavender that grow around the world, but the main producers of true lavender at Bulgaria and France. The oil is steam distilled from the freshly cut flowering tops and stalks.

Lavender essential oil has been one of the most popular, all round favourite oils for a very long time.  It is such a wonderfully versatile oil, with many incredible properties and has a beautiful, fresh, clean and relaxing aroma. It has been used for ages in baths, on pillows, in skincare and been a constant in the first aid kit.  No home should be without a bottle of pure Lavender essential oil.

The antiseptic properties have been used in the French Academy of Medicine for swabbing of wounds, treatment of sores, burns and scalds. Lavender will ease the pain of a burn, prevent infection and promote healing.

Lavender has antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and has been used to help with nervous tension, high blood pressure, menstrual problems, skin conditions and insomnia.

For inflamed skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, boils and sunburn, Lavender is wonderfully helpful. It can be added to an unscented water based lotion and applied to the inflamed areas. Two drops to a tablespoon of lotion or coconut oil / Grapeseed or Sweet Almond oil will be sufficient.

For muscle aches, two drops of Lavender and two drops of Black Pepper or Clove into 20ml massage oil and massaged into the affected areas, will help relax the muscles. This blend may also be helpful for rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis.

Diffuse a few drops of lavender oil at the end of the day to calm you mind, body and spirit.
Drop a few drops of lavender oil onto your hand and rub onto your or your child’s pillow to help with restful sleep.

Put a few drops of lavender oil onto a small piece of cottonwool and place it into your cupboards and drawers to help repel moths and insects.

A few drops of lavender on a wet cloth and added to your tumble dryer load will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
For minor burns, cuts and scratches, apply a drop or two of lavender oil to the affected areas.

Lavender essential oil is not safe to use during pregnancy, but a clinical trial identified Lavender as beneficial during childbirth as it was found to ease maternal anxiety and help with pain relief. During labour, hubby can massage it into your back and tummy to help with the pain and stress. It also includes hubby in the whole birth process which is a very special moment in both parents’ lives.

Lavender blends love with most other essential oils, so try your own blends to find your favourite. It is lovely with Black Pepper, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lemon, Rose, Pine and Rosemary.