|Latin name||Lavandula officinalis|
|Synonyms||L. vera, L. officinalis|
|Extraction||Distillation of the flowering tops|
|Origin||Europe, mainly France|
|Plant characteristics||This hardy herb has a delicate purple-blue flower in spring and summer. It is not to be confused with larger cross-breeds of the lavender family, such as spike or lavandin, as it does not have the same essential oil properties, or appearance, being much smaller and less spectacular. Common to Europe, the flower from this plant yields one of aromatherapy’s favourite essential oils.|
|Oil characteristics||A very pale yellow oil with a sweet, floral, warm, fresh aroma. The smell is significantly different to Spike lavender and marginally different to lavandin.|
|Traditional use||An ancient folk remedy, this oil was used to comfort the stomach and the soul. Lavender oil is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative. It was also used extensively in the washing of personal clothes to make them smell fresh.|
|Benefits||Bruises, burns, dandruff, earache, flatulence, halitosis, headache, indigestion, infection, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insomnia, nausea, nervous tension, rashes, scars, slow digestion, sore muscles, sprains, stress, sunburn, toothache, ulcers, wound. Lavender oil is a good addition to most skincare products.|
|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 (<50%), esters (<55%).|
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.