Lavender Oil

Appearance and odor

The true oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is almost colourless and has a sweet, floral, herbaceous, refreshing odor with a pleasant, balsamic-wood undertone and a fruity-sweet top-note.

Lavandins are like true lavender with some camphor tones. The oil is colorless to pale yellow in all cases. Lavandin oil was first produced in the late 1920s, but production has since escalated well above that of true lavender. The yield is higher and the price is therefore lower.

Lavender absolute and concrete (L. angustifolia P. Miller or L. officinalis) is produced from direct extraction of the herb with solvents (concrete) and thence extraction with absolute alcohol to give the lavandin absolute. Both are a viscous dark green liquid of herbaceous odor, resembling the flowering plant; the concrete is more solid

Aromatherapy Uses

Lavender is the most used essential oil of all in aromatherapy. Its greatest attribute is said to be as a relaxant. Aromatherapists' uses include: headache, nervous tension, exhaustion, emotional extremes, spiritual balance, passive/aggressive personalities or manic–depressive states; cardiac tonic; hypertension, atherosclerosis, palpitations, arteritis, peripheral circulatory deficiencies; stroke prophylaxis; respiratory system problems: bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, colds, laryngitis, infection in general; muscular spasm and pain, strains, cramps plus rheumatic pain.

It is said to clear the spleen and liver, increase gastric secretion; to aid digestion of fats; nausea, vomiting; scanty or painful periods, cystitis, thrush, leucorrhoea; it reportedly aids childbirth pain and speeds delivery; skin conditions, growth of new cells; it has a balancing action on sebum; burns including sunburn, acne, eczema, psoriasis, abscesses, boils, carbuncles, fungal growth, swellings, scarring and infective wounds, soothing skin pain, irritations and parasitic infections.

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