Lavender Essential Oil
Lavandula x intermedia grosso
Lavender is native to the regions of France and Tasmania but is grown right around the world now. This lavender essential oil is extracted from the plant with the botanical name Lavandula x intermedia grosso which is said to have originated in France.
There are many other species of lavender which yield essential oils.
Used by the ancient Greeks, lavender essential oil was used to treat common ailments like throat infections and sleep disorders.
The Romans added it to their bath water.
What does lavender essential oil smell like?
A sweet, floral-herbaceous scent.
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
The flowering tops.
Where has lavender essential oil been sourced from?
This particular lavender oil is organically grown and originates from New Zealand.
How is lavender essential oil extracted?
Lavender oil is extracted by steam distillation.
This involves using steam from boiling water to extract the essential oil from the plant.
The heat from the steam causes the plant’s cell walls to open allowing the essential oil to be released.
What other oils blend well with lavender essential oil?
Lavender oil blends well with bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper berry, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, sweet orange, tea tree, thyme and vetiver.
How can I benefit from lavender essential oil?
Not only a beautiful flower, lavender grosso essential oil is is a multi-purpose essential oil for pain, headaches and stress.
It is highly regarded for its relaxing effect on the nervous system.
Lavender oil is the essential oil most commonly associated with burns and healing of the skin.
It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties that will ease the pain of a burn and prevent infection.
The scent of lavender is said to have a calming effect on the body and it can be used to reduce anxiety, stress and promote sleep.
Besides being extremely versatile, it’s lightly floral and soothing scent is one that many people enjoy.
Are there precautions I should know about?
Lavender essential oil is one of the safest essential oils, however if pregnant use in low dosages as it may regulate menstrual flow.