|Latin name||Lavandula angustifolia Mill|
|Synonyms||L. vera, L. officinalis|
|Extraction||Distillation of the flowering tops|
|Plant characteristics||This hardy herb has a delicate purple-blue flower in spring and summer. Grown in Norfolk, Oxfordshire and Kent (usually) this hard perennial has been bred to house a proportion of the essential oil glands internally so that harvesting does not affect the majority of the oil.|
|Oil characteristics||A very pale yellow oil with a sweet, floral, warm, camphorous, fresh aroma. The smell is less sweet than French lavender.|
|Traditional use||The floral water was used for washing of personal clothes to make them smell fresh. Also used in the English Perfume houses to create fresh, feminine scents.|
|Blends well with||Most other essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||No known contra-indications. Always check the Latin name when buying lavender oil as there are many other types of lavender that are not at all as effective.|
|Main chemical constituents||Alcohols (<30%), esters (<30%), terpenes, oxides.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.