Country of origin: France
Production Method: Certified Organic
Extraction: Steam Distilled
A beautiful, fragrant shrub with small purple flowers that may not be much on their own but look spectacular in bunches and in fields. An herb that is steeped in human history, from ancient bathing rituals to traditional wedding bouquets symbolizing devotion and purity. Always used to perfume, to cleanse and to heal, lavender was also added to smelling salts in Victorian times and clutched by women in labour for strength and courage. It is a hardy perennial that is grown in several different climates and countries with the largest producer being France. The birth of modern day aromatherapy can be attributed to lavender. Chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse (1881-1950) , who coined the term aromatherapy, was in a terrible lab accident that left him with a severely burned arm. He successfully treated it with lavender oil and began a lifelong study of essential oils. I use lavender oil for anything to do with the skin – bug bites, rashes, scrapes, cat scratches, burns etc. It is also a wonderful, relaxing bath and calming room spray.
Caution: Lavender contains linalool which is a very common allergen so not everyone can use this essential oil.
Lavender essential has two main phytochemicals – linalool its ester linalyl acetate. Research has proven both to be anti-inflammatory and effective for reducing stress.
- reduces anxiety when inhaled
- anti-fungal, treats candida
- reduces redness and helps heal wounds
- moth repellent
- diaper rash (diluted)
- disinfectant (used to clean hospitals in WWII)
Soothes, heals and purifies skin.