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Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)

Lavender essential oil is one of most popular of essential oils nowadays, it is very highly thought of, and has a long history in today’s society, most people are familiar with the aroma of lavender, because it has been so widely used. Most people grew up with the aroma of lavender sachets in their drawers, on the other hand not so much in recent times, with the arrival of fabric conditioners. However, if you talk to any elderly person, they will always remember.

Lavender is native to the Mediterranean, mainly France, Spain and Italy and also the UK, it is an evergreen flowering shrub with pale green narrow leaves, and the blossom is a violet-blue in colour. The blossom, stem and leaves are the part of the plant used to make lavender essential oil, and it is extracted by the use of steam distillation. You can also obtain an absolute, but this needs to be done using the technique of solvent extraction.

Lavender Essential Oil UsesIn history Lavender essential oil, goes way back and was mostly used in scented water, or as a restorative tonic for nervous conditions. The Romans used lavender in their bath water, and in the 13th and 14th century, lavender was grown in monastery gardens in Europe.

Lavender essential oil is considered one of the safest essential oils to use, and some say it can be used un-diluted on burns, it is classed as non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritant.

The physical ailments lavender essential oil can relieve are many and it is a versatile oil, due to it being antiseptic and analgesic, and this means that lavender oil can work at helping to cure a wide spectrum of problems.

Can help with the following problems:

A great stress reliever.
Suffers of insomnia.
Great for the skin.
Can help with spots.

Other ailments lavender oil can help to treat are PMT, nausea, cramps, muscular pain and asthma.

The emotional benefits of lavender essential oil is that it is a great emotional balancer, and can give clarity and comfort, it can also promote gentleness and compassion in people.

Lavender oils are one of the best essential oils to promote sleep, it is a great oil to use with young children as they are sensitive enough to respond to the oil, and it is very gentle oil, without the side effects of medication

Lavender essential oil is a fantastic oil to work with, and it is one of the best oils to start off with, especially if you are just beginning to practice aromatherapy, it is very gentle, and there are no harmful side effects. However, as with any essential oil, always treat with caution and if in doubt always check with someone who is qualified and has lots of experience.

Here we have a video giving 6 great health benefits of using Lavender oil


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