Lavender is an evergreen woody shrub, up to 1 meter tall, with pale green, narrow linear leaves and violet blue flowers.
History: Lavender is adapted to living in a dry climate and is native to the western half of the Mediterranean, reaching altitudes of up to 1800 meters. It is believed that the Romans and the Benedictine monks subsequently introduced it to the rest of Europe.
Common Uses: Properties of Lavender French Essential Oil include, analgesic, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-phlogistic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophlactic, decongestant, deodorant, and as a diuretic. Herbalists regard Lavender as the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes. Lavender is the essential oil most commonly associated with burns and healing of the skin. It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties which will ease the pain of a burn and prevent infection. It also has cytophylactic properties that promote rapid healing and help reduce scarring. The scent of Lavender is said to have a calming effect on the body and it can be used to reduce anxiety, stress and promote sleep. Lavender French is a popular choice amongst both aroma therapists and massage therapists for its combination of therapeutic quality and pleasant floral scent.
Cautions: Lavender Essential Oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Phytochemicals: Linalyl acetate and linalool are typical phytochemicals found in Lavender.
Usage: Topical: Apply 1-2 drops to concerned area with carrier oil. Oral: Dilute 1 drop into 2 oz. water. Aromatic: Place 1-3 drops into diffuser.