Fact File: Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
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The origin of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is believed to be from the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Its history goes back a whopping 2500 years. Back in those days the Romans and Egyptians would use Lavender as perfume and for bathing and cooking.
In modern times Lavender was rediscovered by Rene Gatefosse, one of the founders of aromatherapy when he burned himself in his lab. He immediately plunged his arm into its sweet essential oil and noted the quick healing, lack of both infection and scarring that resulted from his quick thinking. There has been a noted history of it being used in World War I as a wound dressing for injured soldiers. We now know that Lavender contains antibacterial properties, which is another reason why it is so useful.
Today Lavender continues to be cultivated across its countries of origin as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America. Its widespread presence is understandable due to its beautiful flowers, its alluring scent and its extensive uses.
Lavender is the superman of the Essential Oil world - it has few weaknesses and many uses. It is most popular for it relaxing qualities and has been used as a sleep aid for donkey’s years.
Whether you use it in the bath, massage oils or diffusers/oil burners it will leave you in a more relaxed and calm state. This is further linked with benefits such as lowering high blood pressure and dealing with problems like insomnia and hypertension.
Its uses on the skin (when diluted from its pure form) have helped certain skin ailments (ache, eczema) and generally help relieve other minor irritations.
The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash” probably down to its rather pleasant aroma.
Lavender oil is also said to soothe headaches, migraines and motion sickness when applied to the temples... What can’t it do, hey?
Lavender oil is like your favourite pair of jeans... It goes with everything. However, a few standout mentions would be Geranium, Cedarwood, Scots Pine and for those feeling adventurous, Nutmeg is also a winner. Forms and fusions tend to take the shape of aromatherapy oil, gels, lotions, and soaps.
Always take care when using undiluted Pure Essential Oil, it is strong stuff! Please keep the following in mind when using... Possible skin sensitivity (Always dilute before using on skin). Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Do not use internally.