Lavender has been used for healing since time immemorial. Romans used it to bathe and cleanse wounds (from Latin lavare “to wash”). Skin-healing properties “discovered” by French chemist Gattefosse.
Effect on mind: Appears to cleanse and calm the emotions, relieving anger or exhaustion. Its balancing effect on central nervous system may be valuable in depressive states.
Effect on body: Helps calm palpitations; relieves insomnia, headaches and stress. Should relieve pain in muscular spasms: good for sprains. Helps respiratory complaints. Useful with menstrual problems. Clears liver and spleen, stimulates bile production, improving digestion of fats. Useful in nausea, vomiting, colic and flatulence. Handy insecticide.
Effect on skin: Promotes the growth of new cells and exerts a balancing action on sebum, thus useful for most skin conditions. Excellent for burns and sunburn. Useful for skin inflammation.
Caution: helps regulate menstrual flow, so do not use during pregnancy. May cause drowsiness for those with low blood pressure.
|Common name||Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil|
|Botanical name||Lavandula angustifolia|
|Appearance||Colourless to pale yellow|
|Odour||Sweet, floral reminiscent of Lavender flowers|
|Plant parts used||Fresh flower heads|
|Extraction method||Steam distillation|
|Region of origin||Bulgaria|