Lavender Essential Oil Blog


(Lavandula angustifolia)

Botanical Family: Lamiaceae

Plant Origin: Utah, Idaho, France

Extraction Method: Steam distilled

from flowering top

Key Constituents: 
Linalyl Acetate (21-47%)
Linalol (23-46%)
Cis-Beta-Ocimene (1-8%)
Trans-Beta-Ocimene (1-5%)
Terpinen-4-ol (1-8%)

ORAC: 360 µTE/100g

Historical Data: The French scientist René Gattefossé was the first to discover lavender's ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory explosion. Today, lavender is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.

Medical Properties: Antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, reduces blood fat/cholesterol, combats excess sebum on skin.

Uses: Respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions (perineal repair, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, stretch marks), burns, hair loss, insomnia, nervous tension.

Fragrant Influence: Calming, relaxing, and balancing, both physically and emotionally. Lavender has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity.

University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego MA, et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura, 2001).

Application: (1) Apply 2-4 drops on location, (2) apply on chakras and/or Vita Flex points, (3) inhale directly, (4) diffuse, or (5) take as a dietary supplement.

Source: Essential Oil Desk Reference