Botanical Name - Lavandula angustifolia
Aroma - Refreshing and floral
Extraction - Steam distillation
Part of Plant - Flowering tops
Country of Origin - England
Chemical Constituents - Linalyl acetate, linalol, cis-b-ocimene
History - It was Rene-Maurice Gattefosse who observed the healing effects of lavender oil when he burnt his hand in a laboratory accident, and it is still used today for burns including in hospitals, for it's pain relieving, antiseptic & skin healing properties.
Therapeutic effects - Lavandula comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning to wash, which is particularly appropriate because Lavender is so deeply cleansing in so many ways. It is a wonderful antiseptic and since it can be used neat on the skin, it is very useful for applying directly to cuts and sores – great for children and an essential addition to first aid kits. It also helps relieve pain and itching, as well as speeding the healing process. It is also an etheric antiseptic, so doesn’t just cleanse the body on a physical level, but on an energetic level too.
Uses - For everyday burns apply neat to the area. It is ideal for sun burn and can be included in an after sun treatment by adding a drop or two to your moisturizing cream or to some aloe vera gel and applying liberally. You could also use Lavender floral water as a beautiful way to refresh the skin in hot weather. To use as an antiseptic mouth wash, add a drop or two to a cup of water and disperse by stirring vigorously - use immediately and do not swallow. This can also be used for halitosis, & mouth ulcers. For any throat problems such as tonsillitis, infections and laryngitis, use in the same preparation, but gargle for as long as possible before spitting out. Lavender is anti-fungal, so is great for the treatment of thrush. Use as a gargle for oral thrush and for vaginal thrush, put a drop or two on your knickers, or a panty pad – this is much less invasive than the pessaries currently on the market. You can apply neat using a cotton wool pad to fungal toenail infections or in a foot bath or cream for athletes foot. A drop or two on the pillow at night can help with sleeping issues. It can be helpful for calming headaches in some people, just place a drop on fingertips and apply to temples. Lavender used as a herb is great for stress, insomnia and restlessness. It is blood cleansing and very supportive of the lymphatics. It has a cleansing effect on things that inhibit us.
Organic Certificate - This essential oil is certified organic by the Soil Association, which means you can be sure that it has been produced to the highest ethical and environmental standards. The Soil Association’s standards exceed the UK government's minimum requirements for organic products in many areas, but particularly in animal welfare, GM and the use of pesticides. Standards are constantly reviewed to ensure they deal with current issues.