Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is an amazing oil that is called the mother of essential oils. I use it daily and continue to find more uses as I try to learn more about it. It's great stuff!
True Lavender is also known as lavendula angustifolia, or lavendula officinalis. This is considered the best. It takes about 150 pounds of lavender flowers to make one pound of essential oil. Steam distillation is the way they extract the oils.
I like to use Lavender angustifolia or lavender officinalis not lavender spike for general use. Lavender spike is more camphor like so it's good for colds, but doesn't have that wonderful lavender smell I love. It's grown mostly in the mountains of France and Spain. It's often mixed with 70% true lavender oil in France. This oil is effective for respiratory problems and other uses like true lavender.
Lavandin is a hybrid that was developed in the 1920s by crossing true lavender with spike lavender. The plant is hardy and easy to grow. It produces twice the amount of oil as true lavender. Some people find it is more likely to irritate sensitive skin. It's also cheaper then true lavender oil.
Lavender essential oil is clear to pale yellow.. The sweet floral herbaceous woody scent is uplifting, calming and refreshing. Scent scale is medium. Psychological scale is balancing to soothing. Physiological scale is regulating.
Lavender blends well with most oils. I especially like it with citrus.
It generally is considered the safest of the oils. It's been used even for babies or children. It does effect the uterus so shouldn't be used in the first 3 months of pregnancy. Some people may be sensitive to one particular kind of lavender oil and be okay with another kind. Normally it's regarded as a non-irritant and non-sensitising.
Right now I have 6 different kinds of lavender essential oil. I have abrialis, bulgarian, extra, highland, tasmanian and ukrainian. They each smell different, and I love them all. I couldn't pick a favorite one if I had to. They all smell so wonderful! That is my opinion. Not everyone likes the smell of lavender. You may like one kind, but not another.
Lavender can be used neat or straight from the bottle. Most essential oils aren't safe to use this way. But as with other essential oils you can also use it with carrier oils. Always know the safety of essential oils you use. Essential oils have different dilutions according to what you're using it for.
Lavender oil can be used for crafts, health, for pets, in your general cleaning, in the home for scenting closets, laundry, and is being used more often now for bath and beauty products. Another thing that lavender is used for is psychic protection.
Some ways to use it are