Complete Guide to Essential Oils/A to Z of essential oils/Lavender

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Lavandula angustifolia flowers
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is a very useful and popular essential oil. It comes from the flower tops of Lavandula angustifolia (Lavandula officinalis) plants and is extracted by steam distillation. It has a flowery scent and a balancing effect on the body and mind.

Properties[edit]

Bottle of lavender oil

Circulatory[edit]

May lower blood pressure and reduce fluid retention.

Digestive[edit]

Relieves indigestion, nausea, vomiting and flatulence. Soothes colic.

Emotional[edit]

Soothes stress, anxiety and depression. Helps calm panic and hysteria. Alleviates insomnia.

Gynecological[edit]

Regulates the menstrual cycle. Eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Immunological[edit]

Helps fight throat infections.

Pain[edit]

Alleviates arthritis, rheumatism, headaches and migraine. Soothes muscle pain.

Respiratory[edit]

Relieves asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, catarrh and symptoms of a cold.

Skin[edit]

Improves acne, psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, oily skin and athlete's foot. Promotes healing of abscesses, minor wounds, sunburn and burns. It can be applied neat to the skin and is very effective on minor burns.

Other uses[edit]

Repels insects.

Caution[edit]

  • Don't use lavender oil during the early stages of pregnancy.

Blending[edit]

Lavender can be combined with clary sage, frankincense, geranium, cedarwood, pine, nutmeg and citrus oils.