Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia.
Method of extraction: steam distillation.
Plant part: leaves and flowers.
Scent: floral, fresh, sweet, herbaceous.
Colour: pale yellow.
Perfumery note: top-middle note.
Blends well with: blends well with most oils: floral, citrus and wood.
Ingredient (INCI): Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil.
In steam inhalation, Lavender oil can be used to treat colds, coughs, flu or sinusitis.
In diffusers or in massages: for allergies, nervous tension, depression, insomnia.
Massages into the temples or as a cold compress on the forehead or back of the neck, Lavender will relieve may forms of headache. Alone or blended with other oils such as Marjoram or Rosemary, massage will give relief to muscular pain following exercise or arising from tension. It can also be used to relieve the pain of rheumatism or arthritis.
Lavender is also valuable in reducing menstrual pain, either massaged gently into the lower abdomen, or made into a hot compress.
Lavender can help with many of the minor upsets of infancy too – colic, irritability, infections, bad sleep.
Lavender oil is one of the few essentials oils that can be used neat on the skin, for example, as a wash or on a cotton bud for acne or insect bites. As a constituent in a base cream or lotion (1% to 2% dilution):
- to help the skin heal faster: burns, sunburns, sores, insect bites
- to reduce scarring by stimulating the growth of new cells
- to balance oily skin
Non-toxic, non-irritant, not sensitising.
|Product type||Essential oils|
|Skin concern||Sensitivity & Redness|
|Country of origin||USA|
It is an evergreen woody shrub about 1 meter high (3 feet), with gray-green narrow linear leaves and the most beautiful purple-blue flowers, perched on a long stem and a few varieties of it grow wild in the Mediterranean region, but the main producer is France. The name is derived from the Latin word 'lavera' which means 'to wash' and the Romans used it frequently in their bath routine, and it is said to have been introduced by them into England, where it soon was a firm favorite.