Lavender oil is one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy. The oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of lavender. One of the problems for lavender growers is the cross-fertilization of different species of lavender to form hybrids. The scent of the oil varies markedly between the different species and hybrids. Two species are used-the English lavender (L. Vera) and the French lavender (L. Angustifolia)-both of which yield a similar oil.
French lavender grows wild all over southern Europe. The most highly prized lavender in aromatherapy is the so-called “wild crafted” Alpine French lavender, which is handpicked and distilled in small amounts by local farmers.
Lavender essential oils are more expensive than Spike Lavender oil; watch out for those unscrupulous producers blend the two to increase their profit margin.
It is useful to have on hand in the kitchen to apply to burns, and to take on picnics as a remedy for insect bites and stings.
Burns For sunburn and for a small burn from hot spitting fat, ironing or from hot steam, cover the burned area liberally in undiluted Lavender essential oil as quickly as possible. The oil will remove the sting and hear from the burn, and the skin should not blister. Reapply if necessary.
Bites and Sting Apply undiluted Lavender essential oil directly to the bite or sting. Reapply if needed until the swelling goes down and the pain diminishes.
Stress Put 3 tablespoon of Ionic Salt Crystal in a tart warmer, add 3 drops of Lavender essential oil in the bedroom before going to sleep. The negative ionization and the scent can reduce anxiety and stress by creating a relaxing scent to the air. Another way is to add 3 drops to a warm bath with candle light just before going to bed.
Most essential oils should not be used directly on the skin; lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied. With so many uses and wonderful properties, it is with a good reason why lavender is one of the most popular essential oils today.