Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, every home should have Young Living's Lavender essential oil on-hand. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic Grade lavender essential oil is highly regarded for skin and beauty and may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Lavender has an approximate ORAC of 3,669 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Historical Data: Lavender essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia, is used in the traditional medicine of many cultures as a calmative. Traditionally used to treat burns, lavender is one of history's most celebrated and versatile essential oils. In ancient Greece, Pedanius Dioscorides, a physician, pharmacologist, and botanist, extolled the medicinal qualities of lavender. Greeks also used lavender as a perfume. The Romans used lavender in their baths for washing, for its healing and antiseptic qualities, and to deter insects.
In the 16th century, lavender was used to protect people from cholera outbreaks. The Egyptians used lavender as an ingredient in incense and perfume. Queen Elizabeth I used lavender as a tea to treat her frequent migraines.The French scientist René Gattefossé was the first modern scientist to discover lavender's ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory accident. Today, lavender is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.
Today, we use lavender as a tea, to dress wounds, to induce sleep, ease depression, and reduce stress. Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils, a natural solution for skin issues, and can be used in full strength on the skin. The benefits of lavender essential oil are infinite. As we continue to study lavender, additional usage and efficacy is identified.
Primary Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil: Balances and normalizes body functions*; promotes tissue regeneration*; speeds up wound healing*; cleanses cuts, bruises and skin irritations*; soothes and relaxes the mind and body; and eases bodily aches and discomforts.
Linalyl Acetate — 24-45%
Linalol — 25-38%
Cis-beta-Ocimene — 4-10%
Trans-beta Ocimene — 1.5-6%
Terpinene-4-ol &mdash 2-6%
Application: For dietary, aromatic or topical use. When using as a supplement, put one drop in a capsule or in 4 fl. oz. of rice or goat's milk. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.
How to Use Lavender Essential Oil:
- Inhale lavender essential oil to soothe and relax the body and mind
- Make an herbal tea by mixing 2 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of blue agave syrup and adding to warm water.
- Add 4–5 drops of lavender essential oil to a bath gel base and use in warm bath for relaxation.
- Drop 1–2 drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow to aid in a restful night of sleep.
- Massage several drops of lavender essential oil on feet to promote relaxation.
Fragrance: Calming, relaxing and balancing, both physically and emotionally. University researchers in Japan found that diffusing certain aromas in an office enviornment dramatically improved mental accuracy and concentration. Diffused lemon results in 54 percent fewer errors, Jasmine 33 percent fewer errors and lavender 20 percent fewer errors. When aromas were diffused during test taking, scores increased by as much as 50 percent. Has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity. University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil icnreased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoika University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura et al., 2001).
Did You Know:
- A study at the Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan found that, "Lavender aromatherapy reduced serum cortisol and improved CFVR in healthy men. These findings suggest that lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects and may have beneficial acute effects on coronary circulation".
- Young Living grows its own lavender at farms in Utah, Idaho, France, and Ecuador.
- Shakespeare grew lavender in his garden and spoke of it in his writings, including a recipe for a lavender tea in The Winter's Tale.
- Traces of lavender were found in King Tutankamen's tomb when it was opened in 1922. These traces even had a slight scent after being sealed in the tomb for more than 3,000 years.
- True lavender is often extended with hybrid lavender or synthetic linalol and linalyl acetate in commercially sold lavender essential oil which can be harmful to the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q ~ What is the difference between lavender and lavandin?
A ~ Lavandin is a hyprid plant developed by crossing true lavender with spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia). Lavandin is most commonly used to sterilize animal cages throughout Europe. Lavandin has similar calming effects as lavender but is slightly harsher.
Q ~ Is lavender essential oil safe for children?
A ~ Lavender is generally safe for children. It has traditionally been used to calm small children and babies. However, you should always consult with your child's healthcare practitioner prior to use.
Research on Lavender:
Larrondo JV, et al. "Antimicrobial activity of essences from labiates." Microbios. 1995;82(32):171-2.
Guillemain J, et al. "Neurodepressive effects of the essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia Mill." Ann Pharm Fr. 1989;47(6):337-43.
Siurin SA. Effects of essential oil on lipid peroxidation and lipid metabolism in patients with chronic bronchitis Klin Med (Mosk). 1997;75(10):43-5.
Holmes C, et al., Lavender oil as a treatment for agitated behaviour in severe dementia: a placebo controlled study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2002 Apr;17(4):305-8.
Top Uses for Lavender Essential Oil