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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil History

Lavender has been known throughout history not only for it�s wonderful smell but also for its healing powers and health benefits. 

Historically, Greeks used lavender essential oil to treat infections and respiratory conditions.  The Romans use lavender in their communal baths.  Medieval Europeans used it to prevent and treat head lice.  

Lavender Essential Oil Background

Lavender is typically grown in warmer clients, but it can be grown in cooler climates too.  Lavender needs a sunny patch and well-drained soil to thrive.  Don�t over-fertilize lavender, and cut the stems as soon as the flowers open � either in the morning or the evening.  We have more information about pruning lavender on our site.

How is lavender essential oil made?  Producers create lavender essential oil from distillation of the flowers from certain species of lavender.  They put lavender flower stems on a grate and steam them, which releases the flower essence in a vapor.  They capture the vapor in a tank and cool it, which forms the essential oil.

There are two different types of lavender essential oil:  lavender flower oil, which is a colorless oil with a lower density, and lavender spike oil, which is distilled from the herb Lavandula latifolia and has a slightly higher density.

Lavender Essential Oil Benefits

While lavender has long been used in perfumes, but it has many other uses too.

Relaxation: When used in aromatherapy, lavender essential oil is both calming and relaxing.  It can help to reduce anxiety and may relieve the pain from headaches.  Lavender is also known for how well it helps with respiratory issues, such as coughs and colds.  Lavender essential oils can also repel insects when used as a perfume.

Pain: Lavender essential oil can also be used as an antiseptic and pain reliever for minor burns and insect bites.  You can also use it for easing the pain of sunburn and relieving muscle and joint pain. 

Lice:  lavender oil can be used to tread head lice.  Dilute it in water to produce a hair rinse for lice, or put a few drops of oil on a comb to get rid of nits.

Sleep: Lavender oil helps with sleep and is often helpful for those suffering from insomnia. 

Skin:  You can use the essential oil from lavender for acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and other skin inflammations.  It does a good job of healing wounds, cuts, sunburns, and burns since it helps prevent the formation of scar tissues.  A great tip is to add lavender oil together with chamomile to treat eczema.  The stimulating and moisturizing effects of lavender essential oil can help make your hair shine and can treat dry scalp.

Digestion:  Many people use lavender essential oil to help with digestion.  It increases the mobility of the intestines and stimulates gastric juice and bile production, which can help to treat indigestion, stomach pain, flatulence, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Cautions

If you are pregnant or breast feeding, you should avoid lavender oil and most other essential oils too.  Lavender oil is also not recommended for people with diabetes, and it can cause allergic reactions to those people who have sensitive skin.

Many essential oils are photosensitive, so avoid the use of them in the sun.

Lavender oil is commonly corrupted � if it is very cheap, it may be tainted and not good for home health use.

Interesting Notes

If you have a sunny spot on the walkway leading to your house, consider a potted lavender plant.  The wonderful smell of the plant will welcome you home each time you walk by it!  Run your fingers over the plan to release the relaxing aroma.

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