A2Z 2020 — essential oils — L — Lavender

L letter

On St. Luke’s Day in the 14 and 1500s, young maidens sipped lavender in hopes that they would be granted a dream in which they would see their true love. Lavender tucked under the pillows of young men was thought to encourage them to ask for a lady’s hand in marriage. And completing the circle, lavender was used by wives to ensure their “husband’s marital passion.”  — from Our Herb Garden

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lavandula augustifolia

Lavender (lavandula augustifolia)(true lavender) is a shrubby evergreen bush with flowers of various shades of lavender to purple.

Part used: flowering tops, harvested in midsummer

Where it is grown in the world (altitude, soil, etc.) will have an effect on its properties.

Oil appearance: colorless to yellow-tinged

Therapeutic uses: inflammatory conditions, skin infections, wounds, cuts, grazes, rashes, itching, stress-related eczema, nervous psoriasis, sunburn, burns, muscle spasms and contractions, abdominal cramps, headaches, migraine, insomnia, nervousness, acne, pimples, insect bites, stress, tension, anxiety, panic

Precautions: none known; GRAS

Note: lavendula latifolia (spike lavender) is grown at lower altitudes than true lavender and produces three times as much oil as true lavender. It is often used as a dilutant for true lavender. It has many of the same properties as true lavender.

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lavender essential oil
RECIPES

2 Anxiety Blends

For tense anxiety (body tension, muscle pain, aches, sore body)
Clary sage EO 10 drops
Lavender EO 15 drops
Chamomile EO 5 drops

For apprehensive anxiety (unease, apprehension, worrying, brooding, over-anxiousness, paranoia, sense of foreboding)
Bergamot EO 15 drops
Lavender EO 5 drops
Geranium EO 10 drops

For either one, blend the 3 EOs by rolling in a bottle

For a body oil, add 15-30 drops of the blend in each fluid oz (30 ml) of a carrier oil (eg sweet almond)

For use in bath/shower/diffusers, no carrier oil is used

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Frédérique says:

    Hmmm, a bath with lavender… relaxing just thinking about!
    L is for Landscapes

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  2. Pradeep Nair says:

    That’s a whole lot of information about lavender.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hoping you enjoyed the information 🙂

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  3. Tarkabarka says:

    I love the scent of lavender! The monks in Tihany, the oldest monastery in Hungary grow lavender fields, and sell all kinds of things, including lavender ice cream… 😀 They even have a lavender festival!

    The Multicolored Diary

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    1. msjadeli says:

      That festival sounds like a lot of fun. I can’t imagine how good it would smell near a lavender field, and oh my, the hum of the choir of bees!

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  4. memadtwo says:

    Nothing like the scent of lavender…. (K)

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  5. I like Lavender air freshener.

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  6. Sadje says:

    It helps me relax and takes away minor aches and pains in my feet and legs.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Great, Sadje. I used a recipe for a foot soak the other night that was awesome. It had sea salt, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and lavender in it.

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      1. Sadje says:

        I have a foot soak with lavender but the baking soda makes my skin too soft and it breaks easily.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah good to know!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Another favourite of mine! Now this one’s easy to grow here – I have English and French varieties in my garden. I dry the flowers for pot pourri.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to hear it. I know it will grow here in MI as well but for some reason I’ve never had it in the yard.

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  8. I simply adore the fragrance of lavender, and it’s easy to grow in pots on my balcony too!

    L is for …

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Another one of nature’s gifts to us!

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  9. Arti says:

    I keep lavender seed cushions in my cupboards and in between linen. Love lavender flowers and its scent.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve used them that way before as well, and it does give the linens a fresh scent. It may be an insect repellent also, not sure.

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  10. soniadogra says:

    I love the fragrance of lavender and also that purple shade. Wonderful to learn about its uses.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Of the oils I’ve bought since the beginning of my interest (Feb of this year) lavender is one I use more than the others. Geranium is the other one.

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  11. Lael-Heart says:

    Lavender was the first EO I ever tried. It was in a mist that I sprayed on my pillow and face before bed. Now every night before bed, if I have the Grands I put lavender cream on them. They like the touch and I like the full night’s rest.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Awwwww that is so wonderful about your Grands. They will think of you every time they encounter it in life ❤

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      1. Lael-Heart says:

        Awe ❤ I hope so.

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  12. Tamara says:

    I expected your L to be about Lavender – it had to.
    I’m probably the only person who doesn’t like the smell of it, it almost gives me a headache. And it’s too bad, too. I am in need of calm and relaxation!

    My L is about Switzerland’s beautiful lakes.
    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/2020/04/a-z-2020-switzerland-lakes.html

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tamara, it’s a very strong scent, easy to overpower. There are a LOT of essential oils that can bring calm and relaxation. Do some research and find one to use in the diffuser to help!

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  13. I always have lavender oil on hand. Years ago, I burned the palm of my hand pretty bad. I would say a second degree burn, but it covered several inches. It hurt so bad, but all I had was a bottle of French lavender essential oil. I didn’t have time to dilute it, so I just poured it on. The next day I just went on with business as usual. It wasn’t until quite a while later that I remembered I had burned myself because there was nothing there, not even a scar.
    I know they say not to use undiluted oil, but I do it quite a bit (in small quantities). I react very well to natural substances and never had a problem. I would never ingest any though.
    Also, if you can’t sleep, dab some lavender eo on your wrists before going to bed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alexandra, I read that about lavender, and it’s good to hear it confirmed by you that it’s a miraculous healer for burns. I have been using it in the diffuser quite a bit for sleep.

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  14. Lavender certainly has wide appeal. As a natural perfumer I’ll attest to the fact that different lavenders have different scent profiles. That makes it fun to experiment and blend with.

    I love the folklore about lavender. It’s often used in dream pillows even today.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The Worwood book has a good section on the art of perfume. It looks like a fun thing to get into.

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  15. Lavender smells heavenly and great to know so many uses of it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The lady who gave the talk at the library who got me started on essential oils said lavender is her go-to oil for everything!

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      1. Indeed, it can be used in so many ways.

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  16. Beth Lapin says:

    We have a lovely lavender farm nearby. Walking in their fields is a dream, and their gift shop contains a little of everything lavendaer.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You don’t live in Michigan do you?

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  17. Kathe W. says:

    Lavender is my all time favorite! Cheers and be well!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Kathe!

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  18. Recently I’ve started using lavender everything. And, I’m quite sure that a relaxing agent is just what we need right now! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Uh-huh 🙂 Good for you, Sascha.

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  19. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    I love lavender 🙂

    An A-Z of Faerie: Galno

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It has many uses!

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