Lavender is one of my favorite oils, I use this oil for so many remedies. Lavender Essential Oil is a penetrating and herbaceous botanical, it's sweet and floral, furthermore it blends exceptionally well with many oils. It's predominantly know for it's Calming and antidepressant properties; therefore promoting clarity; and enhancing intuition. Today Lavender is one of the most popular Essential Oils in the world. In this post I will talk about the top benefits of Lavender Essential Oil and why every household should have one on hand.
This plant has been passed down for generations and we are still learning more today about the beneficial properties contained in this plant. The health benefits are only available when using true Lavender Oil not Lavender scented products.
- Reduces anxiety
- Helps with insomnia
- Heals cuts and burns
- Improves acne and eczema
- Helps alleviate headaches
- Assist with the balance of blood sugar
- Anti-oxidant protection
Lavender Essential Oil can be applied, in small amounts, to the skin. The oil quickly penetrates and enters the bloodstream. More camphorous strains like Lavender Spike or Lavandin are not as beneficial for skin care but they will work well for household use for cleaning and deodorizing products.
Different Types of Lavender Species
Lavender oils include true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), lavender stoechas (Lavandula stoechas), spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) and lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) , although other species and sub species of lavender contain similar chemical constituents to the ones I have listed above.
True lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most common species used for distilling essential oil, and has been in use for thousands of years by the Greeks to treat throat infections. Angustifolia lavender grows best at altitudes of above 2,000 ft, and is native to the Mediterranean regions.
Lavender stoechas (Lavandula stoechas) is used to make perfume but lavender stoechas is very different from the true lavender. Lavender stoechas is a hardy herb with purple-blue flowers, found on sand and crystalline rocks on the European coastline, mostly in France.
Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) was mostly used to treat headaches, rheumatic pain, colic and dyspepsia, by the British. This stain grows at lower altitudes than true lavender and has a very high yield and is mainly grown in France and Spain for essential oil use.
Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) is the newest addition to the lavenders and is also used as an essential oils. It is a hybrid of true lavender and spike lavender. It grows at low altitude and should not be confused with true lavender.
I source my Lavenders from a supplier I have been using for over 10yrs I guarantee you will be extremely pleased with my Lavender Essential Oil you can see the different strains I sell here Lavender Essential Oil.