Essential Oil Spotlight: Lavender Essential Oil
To say the least, lavender has made quite a name for itself as the go-to for a relaxing spa treatment or herbal experience. For many, lavender is one of the first plants that comes to mind when seeking a relaxing, soothing treat for bath & body or to relieve stress and anxiety. The essential oil is obtained via steam distillation of flowers and top leaves, with the most sought after oil originating from high altitudes in France. The scent of lavender essential oil can vary greatly depending on the geographic location and altitude from which it was sourced, allowing a unique experience of individual oils based on supplier and location. My favorite lavender essential oil might always be the Wild Lavender available through Florihana - I still remember the exquisite aroma when I cracked open the first bottle I had purchased. This oil was so much more complex than any other lavender I had worked with at the time, smelling almost spicy and a bit like pine, while lacking many of the “soft” notes typically experienced in lavender. I purchase this oil when in need of a really special treat! I have noticed that the “typical”, and commonly synthetic or adulterated lavender found in many soaps and lotions in stores do not give justice to the true aroma whatsoever, leaving some people (including myself at one time) unknown to the true beauty of authentic lavender and its essential oil.
Having strong qualities cosmetically and medicinally, lavender may be found in a myriad of products. Jennifer Rhind states that “The essential oils were originally produced for the perfume industry, but in recent years lavender essential oil has become one of the best known (and investigated) and most popular essential oils. It is probably the most useful and versatile of therapeutic essential oils.” Many studies (both in vitro and in vivo) along with accumulated knowledge of aromatherapists find lavender to be interchangeable with various essential oils, and complimentary to almost any- it's more often than not that lavender will have the ability to be integrated into, and strengthen the effect of a blend. It’s therapeutic effects range from soothing dermal inflammation (insect bites, poison ivy, eczema, acne), to reducing inflammation of muscle tissues, and headaches. Lavender has also been found to relieve nerve pain, anxiety / tension, & to offer sedative qualities for insomniacs… the list goes on and on.
In terms of reducing anxiety, stress, tension, and promoting a restful sleep, lavender is no short of a wonder herb. With less or no side effects, lavender was found comparable to several pharmaceuticals- Nicollete Perry, PhD states that “In controlled trials, lavender promoted calm and reduced anxiety and related restlessness in several settings, and the essential oil capsules were well tolerated, comparable to conventional drugs for anxiety.” Commonly, lavender essential oil could be diffused in the air before bed or in your daily work setting, applied topically via a rollerball or body oil, as well as consumed via capsules. The herb itself can be found as a main ingredient in stress relieving teas, tinctures, and even dried in a little sachet to place under your pillow or in your dryer to replace dryer sheets.
All in all, it's likely that lavender will somehow make an appearance somewhere around your home, or in your skincare, herbal, or down-time routine- and it should! The benefits of lavender are almost too many to name, and it is complementary to almost any herbal (or pharmaceutical) treatment or blend. Within 42020 Visionaries, Lavender essential oil and lavender infused oil can be found in our Skin Restoration oil for combatting eczema, psoriasis and scars along with a soothing blend of nut and seed oils. The essential oil is also in the Headspace Rollerball (lavender is renowned for its ability to reduce headaches and migraines, especially caused by stress), and Spike Lavender even makes an appearance as well. Of course, we also see it in the Lavender Orange lip balm, which is refreshing, soothing, AND delicious, no matter the season. I have heard from more than a few ladies as well that it makes the perfect primer before applying lipstick! Where lavenders scent may shine the most, is within the Lavender Dream CBDeodorant, blended with patchouli and clary sage. Formulated with intent, lavender essential oil is imparted to work synergistically with the other essential oils and botanical ingredients to bring you the best experience possible. Custom blends are also welcome to include lavender essential oil, and dried lavender infused apricot kernel oil.
Thank you for taking time to take a small dip into the many benefits of lavender and its essential oil. I would love to hear your questions, thoughts, and experiences with lavender in the comments section!
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Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice… Jennifer Peace Rhind
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Your Brain On Plants (Nicollete Perry PhD ; Elaine Perry PhD)