LAVENDER

LATIN NAME FAMILY NAME SYNONYMS COLOUR VISCOSITY: AROMA NOTE Lavendula angustifolia, Lavendula officinalis Labiatae Garden, common or English lavender Clear or faintly yellow Watery Floral, light & clear / woody undertones / sweet fresh scent Middle

COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION Originally from the Mediterranean. Commercially cultivated in France, Italy, Tasmania, Great Britain, and many other countries. PARTS USED EXTRACTION METHOD YIELD Flowering tops Steam distillation 1.4 – 1.6%

BLENDS WELL WITH Chamomile, cedarwood, clove, clary sage, pine, geranium, vetiver, patchouli, basil, bergamot, cypress, eucalyptus, grapefruit, hyssop, lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, myrtle, neroli, orange, peppermint, Petitgrain, rosemary, tea tree

MAIN CHEMICAL COMPONENTS → Borneol, Geraniol, Linalool, Lavendulyl acetate, Linalyl acetate, Cineol. → Plant material grown at high altitudes yield more esters WARNINGS & CONTRA INDICATIONS → Extremely safe to use. → Even on babies & children. → Avoid in early months of pregnancy if there is a history of miscarriage. → Is an emmenagogue – avoid during early months of pregnancy. → Safe in later months of pregnancy. → Low blood pressure – May feel a bit drowsy after using lavender eo. → Discontinue use if you have an allergic reaction.

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-toxic, cytophylactic, anti-parasitic, anti-tussive, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, nervine, restorative, sedative, insecticide, tonic

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

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hysteria. lice. migraines. vomiting & flatulence GENITO-URINARY → Thrush & cystitis NERVOUS SYSTEM → Soothing & calming effect on nerves → Relieves tension. oily skin. colds. dermatitis. insect bites. lumbago → Muscular aches & pains. athlete’s foot. trauma. burnout. prevent infection & promote healing with reduced scarring → Anti-inflammatory & soothing properties have a balancing effect on the skin STRUCTURAL → Relieves pain of rheumatism. addiction. arthritis. especially those associated with sport OTHER → Relaxing body & mind → Effective insect repellent LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL 2 . CIRCULATION → Help lower blood pressure DIGESTIVE → Colic. halitosis. panic. burns. worry. panic. fears. hysteria. nausea. psoriasis. whooping cough → Anti-spasmodic to manage conditions of asthma & bronchitis → Antiseptic properties important for coughs. colds. obsessive & agitated behaviours. The antiseptic and analgesic properties ease the pain of the burn. wounds. sores.THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS – EMOTIONAL → Well known for its nervine & sedative properties → Useful for treating a variety of nervous & physiological disorders → Depression. acne. sinus & flu SKIN → Tones the skin & has powerful healing properties → Useful for almost all types of skin problems – → Abscesses. alleviate stress → Beneficial to those whose low spirits are combined with a feeling of anxiety or vulnerability – imparting a feeling of calm while simultaneously strengthening the spirits. nervous exhaustion → Headaches. nervous tension → Will gently ease tension. sunburn. laryngitis. feelings of depression. throat infections. eczema. tiredness. migraine. boils. insomnia. catarrh. insecurity. asthma. insomnia triggered by nervous anxiety RESPIRATORY → Bronchitis. stings → Can be applied directly on the skin – especially useful for treating minor burns.

insomnia. minor burns. irritability. eczema. cystitis. nightmares. anxiety. hay fever. sooth irritability. nightmares. anorexia. depression. fear. help fight throat infections. hysteria. thrush. anxiety. moodiness. allergies. depression. fear. arthritis. trauma. bowel disorders. headaches. anorexia. scalds & scrapes → Used in moderation it produces a relaxing. irritability and nervous tension Steam inhalations – → Ease spasmodic coughing.METHODS OF APPLICATION: AEROSOL Inhalation therapy – → Useful for allergies. fatigue. trauma. nervous tension. soothe laryngitis → Insect repellent BATH / FOOT BATH Diluted in the bath for – → Abdominal pains. sores NOTES → Can be used neat → Apply directly to stings. insect bites. headaches. hay fever. stress. dizziness. calming effect & may produce a pleasant drowsiness → In a cool bath it refreshes & energises LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL 3 . sleeplessness (also in children). hysteria. nervous tension → Promote healthy skin → Abdominal massage to relieve flatulence and the discomfort of trapped wind in the digestive system COMPRESS → Cold compress for arthritis. relaxation CREAM OR MASSAGE OIL → Ease sore muscles. relieve anxiety.

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