A member of the Lamiaceae family, Lavender thrives high atop the dry, rocky,
sun-drenched mountain slopes in its native France, Persia, Mediterranean
countries and Tasmania. The beautiful deep-blue to violet flowers resembling
tiny purple pine cones grow in whorls around a single Lavender stalk. The
abundant branches have long, narrow pale silvery-green leaves. This woody
evergreen shrub grows three to four feet tall. Of more than thirty different
species of Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia is the most popular variety for
producing essential oils. Distilling only the blossoms produces a superior
Though better known for its wonderful scent, Lavender essential oil is
commonly utilized by health professionals to alleviate a variety of
ailments. It can be used to treat respiratory ailments such as congestion
and sinusitis. It also helps relieve migraines, headaches, sore throat,
laryngitis and the pain caused by muscle aches, spasms and injuries. It can
be used to treat bites, bruises and cuts, as well as strengthen the immune
system and relieve chronic fatigue syndrome.
Lavender essential oil is also a significant treatment for skin problems,
including psoriasis, eczema and certain types of dermatitis. It also helps
relieve the symptoms of facial candida, cold sores and herpes, and may even
lessen the pain caused by hemorrhoids and jock itch.
Lavender has a delightfully clean scent that both relaxes and stimulates the
senses. Its refreshing aroma is both sweet and herbaceous, rounded off by
balsamic and woody undertones.
The scent of Lavender essential oil helps rid the mind of unwanted clutter,
eliminate fear, release pent-up emotion, alleviate anger and reduce worry.
More importantly, it helps improve emotional equilibrium.
One of the safest essential oils, Lavender essential oil is generally
regarded as non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating. However, it
should be avoided during pregnancy.
Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a
qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use
only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
Do not use during pregnancy.