1) Lavender Basics
“Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, Lavender’s green,
When I am king, dilly dilly, you shall be queen…”
Remember that old song? But just what IS Lavender, and what are the benefits of Lavender Essential Oil?
That’s what we’re here to talk about today.
Lavandula angustifolia is the most common species of the Lavender flower.
With 64 total components including linalool and linalyl acetate, LAVENDER’s benefits are many. And we are going to be learning a lot about them today, so let’s get the basics covered.
Our Lavender Essential Oil is indigenous to the Provence region of France. Having been grown in the high altitudes, LAVENDER acquires elevated ester and sesquiterpene alcohol content, thereby increasing its helpful benefits.
Although Lavender grows readily in the United States, the qualities are not as beneficial because the growing conditions that exist in its native lands cannot be duplicated. You simply cannot replicate anywhere else the rocky soil and Mediterranean growing conditions that are specific to the Provence region of France.
Where your oils are sourced matters. This means that not all Lavender essential oils are created equal.
Lavender Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flower and leaf of the plant, giving it a powdery, floral, light aroma.
Lavender can be used internally, topically, and aromatically. Dilute for sensitive skin, but it can generally be used “neat” (i.e., undiluted).
When paired with other oils, Lavender can enhance those oils’ benefits, as well as create balance and synergy among Essential Oils in a blend. Lavender blends well with many Essential Oils—Clary Sage, Wild Orange, and Frankincense, to name a few.