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True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil

True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil

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True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name : Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula vera
English Name : Lavender, True lavender
French Name : Lavande vraie, lavande officinale, lavande fine 
Family : Lamiaceae
Origin : France, Africa, India, Arabia, etc.

History and Origin

True Lavender is a subshrub growing on the dry and sunny hillsides of southern France and other countries around the Mediterranean Sea. It comes with a long-standing reputation as a popular remedy. Known since Roman Antiquity as a perfume and aromatic, Lavender was named from Latin term lavare (meaning “to wash”). Not only using it to perfume linen, Romans also used it in private and public baths. But lavender was also known as a popular remedy against digestive disorders as well as a cosmetic care and insect repellant.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part: Flower tops
Extraction: Steam distillation
Main Components: Non-terpenic and terpenic Esters (50% - linalyle acetate), non-terpenic and monoterpenic alcohols (45% - linalol), coumarin (0,25%)
Oil Characteristics: Clear pale yellow liquid with a suave and herbaceous smell.
Properties: Nervous system regulator, calming, sedative, antidepressant, powerful antispasmodic, muscle relaxant, hypotensive+++, general and lung antiseptic, cardiotonic and tonic+, heart nerves calming, skin healing+, skin regenerative in external use, anti-inflammatory, antalgic++
Indications : Infectious, cicatricial and allergic skin disorders, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, itch, eczema++, wounds, burns, insect bites, razor burn, eschar, ulcers, stretch marks, insomnia and sleep disorders, spasms, irritability, anxiety, depressive condition, stress+++, cramps, contractures and muscular spasms++, hypertension, palpitations, tachycardia, nerve-related disorders, asthma, digestive spasms, nauseas, migraines, rheumatisms
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Uses

Culinary

 To aromatize desserts, purees, drinks, salads, sauces, etc.

Perfumery

 Used in high quality perfumery and as a perfume itself.

Environment

 Diffused, it calms and soothes children as well as grown-ups.

You can add a few drops in the last rinse cycle of your washing machine or pour a few drops on a cloth or clay balls to perfume your closets and drawers.

Skincare

 Used in the preparation of cosmetics such as after-shaves and creams for dry to oily skins.

Receipts and Hints

Against congestion

Massage around ear and lymphatic nodes with a few drops of pure lavender essential oil. You can dilute it in vegetable oil if you are too sensitive.

Against anxiety and stress episodes

Apply five or six drops around solar plexus (diaphragm) and massage breathing slowly and deeply.

To ease sleep

Blend one drop of essential oil with two spoonfuls of maple syrup. In your blender, mix 500 ml of yogurt with 250 ml of water until the mix if foamy. Add oil and maple syrup and drink cold before going to sleep.

Safety Data and Contraindications

None known respecting physiological dosage

Chromatography

Lot B-LAANFRA07S

France

Terpene Ester: linalyl acetate (26,136 %)

Monoterpenols: linalool (23,057 %), terpinen-4-ol (8,756 %)

Sesquiterpene: beta-caryophyllene (6,369 %)

Documentation and References

  • AROMATHERAPIE ESTHÉTIQUE, des huiles essentielles pour votre beauté, Nelly Grosjean, Édition Nelly Grosjean, France, mars 1992
  • L’AROMATHÉRAPIE, huiles essentielles du Québec et du monde, Michel Turbide
  • L’AROMATHÉRAPIE EXACTEMENT, P. Franchomme et Docteur P. Pénoël, Éditions Roger Jollois
  • LA GUÉRISON VIBRATOIRE, Deborah Eidson
  • MANUEL PRATIQUE D’AROMATHÉRAPIE, LES HUILES ESSENTIELLES ET LEUR UTILISATION, E. Lubinic, Éditions Vigot
  • MES RECETTES DE CUISINE AUX HUILES ESSENTIELLES. Plaisir, santé et minceur. Danièle Festy, Éditions LEDUSC.S EDITIONS
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