Lavender

Lavendula angustifolia

This essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers of common or English lavender. It is one of the most versatile essential oils for creating aromatherapy blends. It adapts well to floral oils or strong herbal oils. Depending on the blends lavender is used in, it can be uplifting or soothing. Lavender has been used throughout history for perfume and incense. It was laid on the grounds of medieval castles to be walked on by royalty as the flowers released their aroma as it was crushed. Today lavender is used in many aromatherapy blends and alone. It should be one of the "must haves" in essential oils for its first aid and physiological effects.

Aroma:herbaceous, sweet, subtly floral

Blends with: chamomile, sage, geranium, lemon

Properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant, deodorizing, sedative

Uses: calming colic, eczema, calm nerves, depression, panic, headaches and migraines, insomnia, muscle ache and pain, arthritis, nausea, vomiting, gaseous stomach, skin problems, sunburn, wounds, burns and blisters, insect bites, insect repellent

Methods of Use: burner, diffuser, in cold compress, dilute in oil or cream for skin, cotton applicator

Cautions: one of the safest of all essential oils; is hypo-allergenic but as a precaution, do small skin test.