The use of everyone’s favourite, Lavender English Essential Oil, has a rich history that dates back more than 2,500 years ago. It was used as a perfume and mummification agent by Ancient Egyptians, and Ancient Greek civilisations valued Lavender has a cure for just about everything from physical pain to insomnia. The Romans treated Lavender as a treasured commodity in their famous Roman baths. By Medieval times, Lavender was still popular as a disinfectant and deodorant, especially during the Great Plague.
The English Lavender plant, a woody evergreen shrub that only grows about 3 feet high, is most often associated with elegant royal gardens. It flourishes wild in the Mediterranean but is now cultivated all over the world, particularly in France. Lavender thrives in sunny habitats, which has allowed it to be grown throughout the United States and Australia as well.
Pure Lavender English Essential Oil is the most widely cultivated species of Lavender essential oil. It has a sweet, floral aroma that’s ideal for skin care and beauty recipes, while offering all of the therapeutic benefits commonly associated with Lavender. Along with being known as an analgesic, anti-depressant, antiseptic, and antiviral, Lavender English Essential Oil is also a decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, and sedative. Its uses in health, wellness, and beauty are nearly limitless.
Emotionally, Lavender English Essential Oil is best known for its ability to alleviate anxiety, sleep disturbances, and depression. Its soothing and calming effects on the nerves can release tension and reduce panic, anxiety, and stress. It’s for this reason that Lavender is one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy, especially for children. Adding four drops Lavender, two drops Chamomile, and one drop Cedarwood can help children and adults alike achieve deep and peaceful sleep.
Physically, Lavender is lauded for healing wounds and rejuvenating the skin. Lavender’s antimicrobial properties can speed the healing of burns, scrapes, and other wounds, as proven in over 100 studies around the world. Experts recommend a 1:5 ratio of lavender oil and coconut oil to treat burns and eczema, for example. Lavender essential oil works especially well to nourish and refresh the skin. Just 10 drops with one ounce of carrier oil will completely soothe the skin. Lavender is also used topically and diffused for digestive health, respiratory support, and improved circulation.
Lavender English Essential Oil blends well with just about any oil, especially citrus and floral scents. Lavender essential oil is often blended with Tea Tree and/or Eucalyptus to fight a variety of health ailments from the flu and sinus congestion to athlete’s foot.