Lavender Essential Oil
½ fl oz (15 mL)
Lavandula angustifolia, Organic; Bulgaria
A full and rich lavender oil, wonderfully calming and uplifting.
About Lavender OilLavender oil is the world’s best selling essential oil and should be a staple in every family’s home. Lavender oil's cooling, relaxing and uplifting effects have been cherished throughout the world for thousands of years. Lavender oil is revered in particular in folk traditions for its profound ability to cool an overheated body. When used regularly, it reduces feelings of anger, agitation and insecurity. You will be hard pressed to find an oil that has put more smiles on people’s faces!
Lavender essential oil gives luster to the skin, balance to the body and happiness to the mind. For today’s fast-paced modern lifestyle, lavender oil is one of our greatest treasures: a quick drop on the hands with a deep inhalation can help to relax the worried or agitated mind. If you have children, lavender oil is a must. Use it in your home diffuser while the kids are playing or place a drop in their hands for direct palm inhalation before they leave the house for school. Diffuse this beautiful, high quality lavender oil while they sleep - our diffusers make a perfect nightlight!
Lavender Oil, Bulgaria ProfileOrganically cultivated in Bulgaria, this oil is a blend of four different lavender varieties. Full and rich in its aromatic profile, it is ideally suited for therapeutic applications and perfumery purposes alike.
How to Use Lavender Oil, BulgariaPerhaps the easiest way to use lavender oil is through simple, direct palm inhalation. Place a drop of this deeply soothing oil in the palm of your hand, gently rub your palms together, bring them towards your face and take a deep inhalation...the benefits of lavender are immediate and obvious!
To our knowledge, no one has ever complained about he fragrance of lavender. It is universally loved and almost always appreciated. Diffuse it in your home to help you relax and to refresh the whole family. When you have guests over, their first comments are likely to be compliments on the fragrance of your home.
Apply a drop topically to support skin health, including the soothing of insect bites, or apply as part of a cold compress to soothe any specific area of the body.
At nighttime, place two drops on a cotton ball and tuck under your pillowcase before bed for an incredible night's rest.
Add several drops to warm bathwater to help you relax at the end of a long day.
Blend lavender oil with any massage oil and massage into skin to uplift mood and ease head and shoulder tension.
Ayurvedic Wisdom for Lavender OilAccording to the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, lavender essential oil decreases problems caused by Vata, Pitta and Kapha (the biological forces of wind, fire and phlegm). By balancing "wind," lavender oil will assist in slowing down the overly active mind and will support tranquility and peacefulness. By balancing "fire," lavender oil will decrease excess heat in the body and mind and will support clarity and brightness of presence. By balancing "phlegm," lavender oil helps to lighten tendencies toward sluggishness, complacency and melancholy. Lavender is generally mood-uplifting and supports heightened energy.
Interesting Lavender Oil InfoModern aromatherapy as we know it owes its success in large part to the lavender plant. Though plants and essential oils have been used therapeutically for millennia, the term "aromatherapy" was not coined until 1937 by French chemist and perfumer, Rene Maurice Gattefosse. After burning himself badly in his laboratory, Gattefosse instinctively plunged his burned hand into the first available liquid compound, which happened to be lavender essential oil. According to Gattefosse, it not only immediately eased his pain but also helped heal his hand without any sign of infection or scar. Gattefosse was not a believer in the natural health movement per se, but this experience caused him to be interested in the therapeutic properties of essential oils.
It is commonly believed that the word lavender comes from the Latin word "lavare," meaning “to wash,” because the Romans routinely used lavender in perfumed oils for bathing. In The Story of Lavender, however, author Sally Festing states that the word lavender most certainly did not come from "lavare," but from "livendula," which is Latin for “livid” or “bluish.”
Thought to have been originally cultivated in Arabia, lavender may have been carried by Greek traders to the islands off the southern coast of France as early as 600 BC. Lavender’s native range now extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, southern Europe and the Mediterranean and into certain regions of the Middle East and India. Though native to the Mediterranean region, it is now cultivated on every continent. True lavender grows at high altitudes above 2,000 ft.
Beginning with ancient Persians, lavender has been used in many cultures in bathing rituals for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks used the herb to treat throat infections and to ease constipation. European herbalists employed it in hydrosol form as a head lice treatment. Lavender was grown in European herb gardens in the Middle Ages, and was said to "comfort the stomach and the soul." The herb was also used in mummification processes in ancient Egypt, and was found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. A favorite for strewing on the floor as it releases a wonderful aroma when crushed underfoot, lavender is often used these days in toilet water, as an insecticide or in sachets to be placed amongst linens.
Lavender is the most popular, and therefore the most adulterated, of all essential oils. It is estimated that 90% of all products labeled “lavender essential oil” are either derived from another species such as lavandin, or are diluted, or are outright synthetic fabrications.
Lavender Oil Safety GuidelinesNon-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do not take lavender essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile & Blending for Lavender OilLavender oil's adaptability lends to easy, complimentary blending with most other oils, particularly floral and citrus oils.