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
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.
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