Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad of benefits. It is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 39 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, southern Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape,culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The most widely cultivated species, Lavandula angustifolia is often referred to as lavender, and there is a ‘colour’ named for the shade of the flowers of this species.
Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.
Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents. This oil is rich in esters - aromatic molecules with antispasmodic (suppressing spasms and pain), calming and stimulating properties.
The chief botanical constituents of lavender oil are linalyl acetate, linalool (a non-toxic terpene alcohol that has natural germicidal properties), terpinen-4-ol, and camphor. Other constituents in lavender oil that are responsible for its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties include cis-ocimene, lavandulyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, limonene and geraniol.
Lavender oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive and sedative effects.
Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension.
In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.
Lavender is one of the most popular of all essential oils.
Lavender oil is a versatile oil, which can help calm, soothe and relax the body and mind. It is traditionally used in aromatherapy to relieve nervous tension and mild anxiety. It is often added to massage blends for its relaxing and antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties.
Lavender is applied to the skin for hair loss, to treat pain, and to repel mosquitoes and other insects. Add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well-being. By inhalation, lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia.
Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime to help aid sleep.