22 November 2008

Gently meditate on how the scent is relaxing your whole body - using lavender regularly this way may continually improve the aroma's effectiveness as a sleep aid over time. This wild grown variety may be the best for sleep and stress relief, with its high linalool content.

Botanical Name
Lavendula officinalis

Origin
France

Color
Clear with a Tinge of Yellow-Green

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin, watery in viscosity

Perfumery Note
Top/Middle

Aroma
Fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous, slightly fruity

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium

Extraction Method
Lavender oil is extracted from the flowering tops by steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Linalyl Acetate, Terpinenol, Beta-Caryophyllene, Farnascene, A-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, and lavendulyl acetate

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and vulnerary

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • The overall action of Lavender oil is both calming and regenerating. It's a profound effect, as our bodies need to be relieved of stress in order to heal, and lead healthy lives in general; soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia
  • It is also very beneficial for problems such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, laryngitis, halitosis, throat infections and whooping cough
  • It helps the digestive system deal with colic, nausea, vomiting and flatulence
  • Lavender oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscular aches and pains
  • On the skin, lavender oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for all types of skin problems such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings and also acts as an insect repellent
  • Lavender oil is one of the few essentials oils that can be used neat on the skin, and this is especially useful when treating a minor burn wound
Precaution
  • Although lavender oil is considered one of the safest essential oils, you should discontinue use is you have any allergic reactions
  • Avoid high doses during pregnancy because it is a uterine stimulant
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Lavender is considered a very safe essential oil. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
Blend With
Lavender Essential Oil mixes well with most oils (especially Orange Oil, Lemon Oil, Chamomile Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Geranium Oil), and creates 'harmony' in essential oil blends

Recipe
  • Effective on burns, insect bites and small cuts. Apply one or two drops on or under the pillow, or diffuse small amounts throughout the night as a sleep aid
  • Inhale directly from the bottle or apply a few drops to the wrists for stress relief
  • Use in combination with Helichrysum for burns and bruises, or with Tea Tree for a stronger, yet still soothing anti-bacterial formula (a 50/50 mix of Lavender and Tea Tree can replace any sort of topical anti-bacterial formula used under band-aids and small dressings)
  • Lavender can work well on a sunburn, at a 10% dilution in water dabbed over the area
  • A drop of lavender on a bug bite or sting is also highly effective, and is useful for many itchy and irritated skin conditions
  • If you or your children have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, Lavender can be a profoundly effective home remedy. For a really simple method, sprinkle just a drop or two (really just a little as too much can actually be a stimulant for some folks) on the bed sheet, on-top-of, or under the pillow before bed

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