Essential Oil Series - Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

September 23, 2018

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is probably one of most commonly known essential oil. Many believe that every home should have a bottle of lavender oil because of its versatile nature. 

 

Chemical Families: Monoterpenols, Esters

Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled

Note: Middle-Top

 

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil Highlights:

  • Lavender contains a significant percentage of linalyl acetate, a chemical that has stress reducing quality.

  • Lavender essential oil reduces anxiety and fear​, helps calm and control panic attacks.

  • Lavender relieves pain, tension, rheumatic problems, inflammation.

  • Lavender has outstanding sedative and healing effects on the nervous system​.

  • Lavender is known for its ability to heal the skin problems, including burns, rashes, irritations, infections, and wounds. 

 

 

Here are just some of the many ways you can use your lavender essential oil:

  • Keep a bottle of lavender essential oil in your first aid kit. It can be applied neat (without dilution) on minor cut wounds and burns. It also helps to prevent scaring.

  • Freshen up your laundry - put a few drops on a washcloth and place it in the dryer with other clothes before turning on the dryer.

     

  • Put a few drops in your home diffuser, car diffuser, essential oil necklace, or bracelet: lavender’s herbal, floral scent is calming and relaxing, particularly useful for those who have trouble sleeping.

 

Bring it with you when you go hiking – it comes in handy when you get insect bites or minor cuts. Lavender reduces itchiness and relieves pain.

  • Use it as an air freshener – fill up a spray bottle with distilled water and a few drops of lavender oil. Spray it in the air.

  • Blend it with other essential oil – mix lavender with other essential oil for skin care and other therapeutic uses! 

 

Lavender essential oil is an active ingredient in these azendea products:

 

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References:

  1. Azzaro, K. (2015) Healing Wounds and Scars, Emotionally and Physically, with Essential Oil Energetics. NAHA’s Aromatherapy Journal, Winter, 2015.4: Page 43.

  2. Davis, A. (2015) Evidence Based Clinical Materia Medica, NAHA’s Aromatherapy Journal, Winter, 2015.4: Page 68.

  3. Worwood, V. (1991) The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

  4. Black and Butje, Aromahead Institute (2015) Essential Oil Data Sheet​