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Lavender Essential Oil
I've seen a lot of "Top 10 Essential Oil" type lists, and Lavender Essential Oil is typically amongst the first few oils listed. Lavender Oil was the #1 favorite oil chosen by AromaWeb's visitors during the Favorite Essential Oil poll. And it's no wonder. Lavender Oil has a beautiful, versatile aroma. It is anti-bacterial and is a must-have for your first-aid kit. Its calming and sedative properties make Lavender Essential Oil a wonderful oil to help relax, fight stress and to promote sleep. And when properly diluted, it's amongst the safest of essential oils.
Lavender Oil is a floral, but I've spoken with men that love the aroma, especially when combined with other oils. For men's blends, try blending Lavender Essential Oil with oils from the citrus, mint and conifer families.
Lavender Essential Oil is well known for its sedative properties and for its ability to help calm stress and anxiety and to help promote sleep. If used in excess, however, Lavender Oil can actually act as a stimulant.
Lavender Oil is a great oil to use for children's minor cuts and scrapes because it is anti-bacterial, calming and is considered safe enough to use with children. It is the essential oil of choice used in AromaWeb's Boo Boo Juice recipe.
I've only mentioned a few of the most common uses for Lavender Oil here. Additional uses for lavender are listed below.
If you've never smelled Lavender Oil before: I still remember the moment that I first inhaled Lavender Essential Oil. I was actually a little disappointed in the aroma, and it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was so brand new to aromatherapy at that time, and my nose had been so used to strong, synthetic commercial fragrances. But it didn't take long for me to like... and then to absolutely love Lavender Oil. I'm mentioning this to you now so that you don't hastily abandon Lavender Oil if you don't like it the moment that you first sample the aroma.
Lavandula angustifolia / Lavandula officinalis
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Leaves and Flowers/Buds
Clear with a Tinge of Yellow
Strength of Initial Aroma
Lavender Oil is floral, fresh, sweet, herbaceous and sometimes slightly fruity. It can be slightly camphorous.
Lavender Oil Uses
Cognitive support and brain health. [Dorene Petersen, Presentation: Clinical Use of Aromatherapy for Brain Health: 7 Essential Oils. August 9, 2017, New Brunswick, NJ. Alliance of International Aromatherapists 2017 Conference. AIA 2017 Conference Proceedings page 221-222.]
Acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, athlete's foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, colic, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, dysmenorrhea, earache, flatulence, headache, hypertension, insect bites, insect repellent, itching, labor pains, migraine, oily skin, rheumatism, scabies, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, stretch marks, vertigo, whooping cough. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
Major Constituents of Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil
[E. Schmidt, The Characteristics of Lavender Oils from Eastern Europe. (Perfumer & Flavorist 28, 2003), 48-60. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 326.]
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Lavender Essential Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 325-328.]
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