Description: A shrub growing to about 90cm tall having narrow linear, grey-green leaves and beautiful blue-violet flowers borne on long spikes.
Background: Probably introduced by the Romans to England, lavender quickly became popular for strewing, in pot-pourris and also widely used in perfumes. Lavender is the most versatile and useful essential oils for therapeutic purposes.
Properties: Sedative, tonic, hypotensive, antiseptic, diuretic, balancing.
Urinary System-Beneficial for cystitis.
Circulatory System-Can be valuable in the treatment of palpitations and high blood pressure.
Respiratory System-Beneficial for treating throat infections. Can help asthma sufferers when their condition is associated with mental or emotional trauma.
Nervous System-Calms and number of emotional disorders including insomnia, migraine, excitability and nervous tension. Particularly good for depression.
Skin- An excellent skin rejuvenator, good for stretch marks. Lavender is also a very effective remedy for sunburn, insect bites, minor burns and stings.
Skeletal System-Beneficial for general joint pain.
Muscular System-Good for muscular and rheumatic aches and pains.
Lavender grows wild along the Mediterranean coast but is also extensively cultivated for its fragrance in England and France.
Extraction Steam distilled from the flower.
GENERAL RULES FOR MIXING YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS.
A 10ml bottle of essential oil will give you approx. 200 drops, when blending essential oils the dilution should be 2%.
10ml Base Oil
50ml Base Oil =
5 drops of essential oil
25 drops of essential oil