Pure essential oils contain many different components and some things made by nature cannot be duplicated.
We have learned on our lavender journey that there are many benefits of using products that are scented naturally with essential oil vs. a product that lists fragrance or perfume to scent the product.
Ideal for physical and emotional support. Lavender as a whole is an 'adaptogenic' essence with a relationship to all body systems. It is nicknamed the ultimate "first aid in a bottle' oil. Lavender produces an anti-allergic essential oil. It is also an astringent as well as a skin moisturizer. It alleviates aches, pains, and swelling from arthritis, injuries and headaches. Lavender also alleviates motion sickness.
Emotionally, lavender helps support a calm composure and self-expression. It reduces irritability, insomnia, nightmares, apprehension, panic attacks, stress, nervous tension, hysteria and is generally balancing to the psyche, as well as the body.
Lavender is a plant rich in history and myth. Lavender has roots with the ancient herbalists gaining a reputation as a disinfectant and antiseptic. Lavender gained the distinction of warding off the plague. Lavenders popularity with the English royalty gave it a birth in the ranks of a cosmetic herb, and it was with Queen Victoria that lavender was recognized as a tonic for nerves.
With its history of healing properties, glorious colors and enchanting scent, lavender has remained the Swiss Army Knife of herbs. Lavender has stepped out of its attachment of old fashioned use and has found a status in modern aromatherapy. With scientific research verifying its ancient uses, lavender is an essential component of any household first aid box. The essential oil is used on burns,insect bites and blemishes.
The name 'Lavender' is a derivative of the Latin word 'lavare', meaning 'to wash'.
Lavender is cultivated all over the world: Bulgaria, England, United States and France are historically know for producing the essential oil. Harvesting the lavender for oil must be done at the peak of the day's heat. Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh flowering tops.