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Lavender Essential Oil: The Most Versatile Essential Oil

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Oil Expose | Comments Off on Lavender Essential Oil: The Most Versatile Essential Oil

“Lavender: the glory of aromatherapy, a mother queen to pacify and console, a cooling tonic relaxer and rescue remedy, a panacea of amazing amplitude, a multiple healer for the heart, the lungs, the digestive tract, a bestower of tranquility and peace…..” Dr. Malte Hozzel The amazing Lavender is one of the most versatile of essential oils. It sometimes seems as if there is nothing that Lavender can’t do! Lavender lifts you up when you are tired; it settles you down when you are anxious; it aids sleep; it relaxes the muscles; when used in a massage blend it balances and emphasizes the notes in other oils; it uplifts you when you are feeling down; and it soothes the skin. Added to all of this, True Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is one of the safest essential oils, and one that you can put on the skin undiluted; always test patch first to make sure there isn’t a reaction. In fact modern aromatherapy really began when Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, used pure Lavender oil on his burned hands after a laboratory explosion, and noticed exceptionally quick and complete healing. There are so many different types of Lavender, and this can be confusing. So to help you through the maze, I have some Lavender facts that will help you choose the correct lavender for your needs. The Genus Lavandula: Lavenders cross pollinate to produce seed, and also hybridize between themselves. The seed therefore never runs true to its parent plant, which means that a particular variety grown from seed may, after two or three generations, differ significantly from a plant propagated purely from cuttings. To complicate matters further, or perhaps I should say “to add to the joy of diversity”; the same variety of Lavender will produce essential oil of different quality depending on the soil, sunlight, altitude, latitude, etc. Different Species: There are many different species of lavender which produce variable essential oils that have very different constituents, qualities and uses. Since we are Aromatherapist or lay people rather than academic botanists or gardeners let’s concern ourselves with those varieties that produce readily available essential oils: True lavender, Spike Lavender, Lavender Stoechas and Lavandin. True Lavender: (Lavendula angustifolia) is produced mainly in France, Bulgaria and Kashmir. It is native to the mountain areas, and plants grown at higher altitudes are often considered to have the highest therapeutic benefit giving essential oils with higher ester content and a more enchanting aroma. The finest quality oil comes from plants growing in the pure clean air high in Provence, which provides the idyllic soil and climate for this most prized lavender. Renowned for its remarkable therapeutic capabilities, diverse applications, and soft, refined, fresh floral fragrance, Lavender High Altitude has particularly powerful relaxing, soothing, and balancing properties. Some uses for this oil can be: analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balancing, cardio tonic, emmenagogue, insectifuge, neurotonic, wound healing; arthritis, muscle aches/pain, rheumatism, candida, nail fungus, dry eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, sinusitis, cystitis, bruises, sprains, acne, bronchial infections, flu, cramping, headaches, migraines, anxiety, insomnia, tachycardia, burns, scars, varicose ulcers, PMS, painful/scanty menses, childbirth anxiety/pain, hypertension, debility, melancholy, mood swings. What is Population Lavender? As mentioned earlier, lavender is grown from seed will, within a few generations, give rise to plants with very different characteristics. Fields of wild lavender will display plants of many different hues: deep purple, blue, pink and white. This is known as “population lavender”. Now if we take one particular plant and propagate it purely from cuttings, we restrict this natural variability and replace it with a plant (and an oil)...

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