Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Latin Name Lavendula officinalis/Angustifolium
Floral, light and clear with woody undertones.
There are many varieties of the Lavender plant however this one has the most therapeutic qualities. Obtained from the south of France. Perched on long stems. The tiny purple-blue flowers and narrow grey/green leaves.
One of the most popular essential oils in Aromatherapy and used in healing since time immemorial. For centuries Lavender bags were placed in linen drawers to keep moths and insects at bay. The Romans used to bathe and cleanse their wounds in it. Once said to cure milder forms of epilepsy. English Lavender was grown for a long time around Mitchum in Surrey, now cultivated in Norfolk. Its wonderful skin healing properties were discovered quite accidentally, by French chemist Gattefosse early this century.
It appears to cleanse and soothe the spirit relieving anger and exhaustion, resulting in a calmer approach to life. Valuable for manic-depressive states.
Has a sedative action on the heart and will help to bring down high blood pressure and calm palpitations. Long known as giving effective relief from insomnia. Its pain-relieving qualities deal effectively with muscular sprains, strains, rheumatic pain. A blend with Marjoram enhances the effect. Beneficial to the respiratory system use for bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, colds, laryngitis, throat infections, TB, and its anti-viral properties keep infections down. Useful with menstrual problems such as scanty or painful periods. Helpful in childbirth for relieving pain and massaging the lower back helps expel afterbirth. Use for nausea, vomiting, colic, flatulence, digestion of fats. Keeps moths and insects at bay. Also said to cleanse dog bites and purify the air.
Effect on skin
Valuable for most skin conditions since it promotes the growth of new skin cells and exerts a balancing action. Has a pronounced healing effect on burns and sunburn and helpful in cases of acne, eczema and psoriasis. Also heals abscesses, boils and fungal growth, swellings, scarring. Also an effective hair tonic.
Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Myrrh, Niaouli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Scots Pine, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.