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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — L — Lavender

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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 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — L — Lavender

  1. 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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  2. 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. 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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  3. 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. 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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  4. 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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