Lavender for Relaxation

Lavender essential oil is used in aromatherapy

Imagine endless fields of lavender… Take a deep breath… Now relax…

This aroma is probably the most recognized relaxation scent in the western world and there are a few different types of lavender available.

Here are a few general facts about the essential oil from this flower:


 

Botanical Name
Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula dentata, Lavandula angustifolia
Family
Lamiaceae
Extraction Method
Steam distillation of the flower head
Essential Oil Colour
Clear with a tinge of yellow or pale yellow with a hint of green
Consistency
Thin
Description
Medium to top note, and medium to strong initial strength. It has a sweet, herbaceous, floral note with a balsamic woody undertone.
Important Constituents
Linalyl Acetate, Linalool, Beta-Caryophyllene, Terpanen-4-ol

 


How Can You Use This Herb?

  • Cooking. If you have the chance of having these flowers growing in your backyard, you should know that premium honey can be made from them. Also, the flowers can be candied and used to decorate cakes. You can also use lavender as a herb or use it to flavor sugar.
  • Tea. If you feel like you might need a little help falling asleep tonight, try an infusion of three flowerheads in a cup of boiled water. If you need a bit more help on a regular basis, try putting some dry flowers in your pillow.
  • Essential Oil.
    This essential oil has various uses and a wonderful balancing effect on the nervous system. If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or suffer from insomnia, it should provide you with the calm and serenity you need.If you have high blood pressure, some say that its sedative action on the heart will reduce heart palpitations and the incidence of other cardiac disorders. If you have a headache, try massaging your temples with it.

Some also believe that it helps heal acne when diluted (1 part oil with 10 parts water or rosewater). It is a traditional treatment for skin burns and inflammatory conditions in Iran. Its properties can also help decrease the pain associated with burns, reduce scarring and promote rapid healing.

All varieties of lavender show similar qualities, but at different levels. This scented oil has been used as an immune booster, analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, decongestant, diuretic, deodorant, hypotensive, insecticide, sedative, stimulant, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, and it has several other qualities.

 


In first aid situations such as cuts or burns, this oil may be applied directly to the skin without dilution. A few drops (about 3) can be added to bath water or vaporized to help you relax.

Where Can You Find This Essential Oil?

This essential oil normally comes in various sized bottles and can be found in major drugstores and specialized stores.

You can also find this oil from your local aromatherapy retail store. Many internet-based aromatherapy companies carry this essential oil.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Use this essential oil with caution since it can be a powerful allergen. Pregnant women, epileptic people or people with cancer or liver problems should not take this essential oil. Most undiluted oils should never be applied onto the skin. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified professional aromatherapy practitioner. Consult a professional aromatherapy practitioner prior to using this oil to treat children.