Fresh, sweet, soft, herbaceous floral
Lavender is an evergreen, woody shrub that grows about 3 feet high. It has pale green, narrow leaves and beautiful, violet-blue flowers. The entire plant is highly aromatic. The essential oil from lavender is prized for its ester content. (Esters provide a relaxing quality with a sweet aroma.)
Relaxes breathing. Relieves bronchitis, laryngitis, and colds. Relaxes muscle spasms, and relieves pain of muscle strains and sprains. Eases pain of rheumatism and headaches.
Relieves nervous tension and anxiety. Treats nervous exhaustion. Helps to balance mood swings.
Brings in positive energy. Supports self-love. Opens the heart and allows love to radiate. Eases grief.
Good for all skin types. Helps to balance sebum production. Aids wound healing. Soothes. Relieves pain. Useful for acne, oily skin, eczema, psoriasis, and couperose. Excellent for first aid for small cuts, bruises, burns, sunburn, insect bites and stings, and itching. Promotes cleansing and detoxifying.
Major biochemical compounds:
Linalyl-acetate, linalol, ocimen, terpinene-1-ol-4, lavandulol, 1,8 cineol, lavandulol acetate, coumarin
Method of use:
Essential oils can be used in a variety of methods of application and/or inhalation. Massage, bath, diffusion–there are endless opportunities for using essential oils. For guidelines, see our Aromatherapy page.