Lavandula Angustifolia - Lavender Essential Oil
If you are new to the world of essential oils like I am, I hope you will join me in my travels into this mysterious world of ancient medicines. From time to time, I will take a trip there and look closely at a particular oil. I hope you will be there with me to learn about its wondrous properties and healing abilities. Today, please join me as we learn about lavender.
11 January 2012
Lavender is one of the best and most popular essential oils out there. The flowering tops of this gorgeous plant are the source of this indispensable oil. Its list of qualities is long and includes the following: a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier. It is known to promote healing by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. If included in your home's first aid kit, it can be used safely (external use only) on children and even your pets. Lavender is effective in treating burns, cuts, dermatitis, headaches (including migraines), insomnia, nausea, acne and arthritis. The oil can be inhaled or applied (on its own or in combination) directly to the affected area. Like all essential oils, it is completely natural, containing no chemicals or synthetic ingredients.
Here at the GMSC, we use this oil in several of our soaps, particularly our Luxurious Lavender Bar. You will also find it in many of our massage oils, our Heavenly Herbal deodorant, Bug-A-Boo Insect Repellent and our Ow! Ease Insect Bite Relief.
As much as we love lavender essential oil, we must stress that it is not for everyone. We urge you to check with your doctor before using it, to make sure it is appropriate for you.
Our thanks to The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood for this helpful information.