Latin Name: Lavandula Angustifolia
Part of Plant Used: Flowering Tips
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
In essential oil practices, lavender is a multipurpose oil. It is purported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects.
Lavender has been used for centuries to help heal various ailments from minor cuts, bruises and burns to chronic diseases like rheumatism, asthma and dermatitis.
English Lavender Essential Oil, like most others, is usually used mixed with a carrier oil unless it is for your bath, when you can simply add a few drops in your bath water.
Use this oil for a pleasant fragrance or aromatherapy with an oil burner or vaporiser. In aromatherapy, it is often used to combat depression, stress, and fatigue.
Used alongside oils such as citronella and lemongrass, it is excellent to repel those annoying insects.
Lavender is one of the few oils which can be used neat on the skin in moderation, especially for bites or spots.