Lavender essential oil is generally seen as the most useful and versatile of all essential oils.
Popular for its calming, sedative properties, lavender oil is used in everything from bath salts to candles and skincare products.
If you're new to aromatherapy, you may not be aware of an interesting fact: lavender oil is stimulating when used in large amounts - it can wind you up instead of calm you down.
Lavender is used in skincare to balance and tone skin, and it's excellent for healing burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds.
Lavender is one of the few essential oils considered safe to use undiluted on skin. It's also one of the few oils suitable for babies, small children and pets, when used in proper dilution, of course!
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Lavandula officinalis or Lavandula angustifolia
An evergreen woody shrub, growing up to 3 feet (1 meter) tall, with green, narrow linear leaves and violet blue flowers.
Clean, fresh, floral, herbaceous scent.
calms in small amounts
stimulates in large amounts
reduces anxiety, stress and tension
promotes sleep; sedative
soothes the nervous system
relaxes tight muscles
reduces aches, pains and inflammation
breaks up congestion and supports breathing
soothes the intestines and improves digestion
promotes healing of wounds and helps reduce scarring
soothing on insect bites
Lavender's strong top note blends well with: any citrus essential oil, bay, bergamot, cedar, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, rosemary and ylang ylang.
Non toxic, non irritant and non sensitizing.
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