Lavender or Lavendula angustifolia is one of the most versatile of all essential oils and belongs to the botanical family Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint). The essential oil comes from steam distilling the flowering top of the plant, which is grown in Utah, Idaho, other parts of the United States, France and other countries. Lavender is best known for its pleasing fragrance and calming and relaxing effects, both physically and emotionally.
Essential oils are made up of several different chemical constituents. Based on Lavender’s chemical constituency, it has the following properties: antiseptic; analgesic; antitumoral; anticonvulsant; sedative; anti-inflammatory.
Besides having a relaxing effect, I have found that Lavender offers many potential beneficial uses and here are just a few: diffuse or rub some Lavender on your feet and/or your pillow for a calming effect to promote restful sleep; cleanse cuts or calm skin irritations; ideal for skin care since it prevents the build-up of excess sebum, a skin oil that bacteria feed on; with burns, or with sunburned skin, apply neat on the wound and it not only can relieve the pain, but it can also significantly prevent blistering and speed the healing process by promoting cell renewal; apply to the scalp for dandruff; apply to bee stings to relieve itching and reduce swelling; it can slow bleeding from a wound; a few drops under the arms as a deodorant; diffusing or inhaling a few to relieve allergy and hay fever symptoms.
Most essential oils can be used with Lavender to create a synergistic effect. The citrus family of oils are the most compatible with Lavender. Some examples are Chamomile, Clary sage and Geranium. I also love to use it with the blend Valor or Peace and Calming to enhance a restful night's sleep.
So, if you’re looking to explore the world of essential oils, Lavendula angustifolia is a great oil to get started with. This was the first essential oil that I purchased many years ago. I personally use a few drops of Lavender in each load of wash with an unscented laundry detergent, place a few drops on a piece of cloth with the clothes in the dryer, diffuse it in the kitchen to shift cooking odors and place several drops in a glass spray bottle with water as a bathroom deodorizer. I always have a bottle in the kitchen just in case I accidentally burn my skin and it has always relieved the pain almost immediately and prevented blistering. To me, it smells wonderful and it’s a fabulous way to eliminate the use of commercial products that often contain toxic chemicals.
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With blessings of gratitude and peace,
Ilene Gottlieb, The Heart Healer