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Lavender Essential Oil, a miracle in a bottle


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I recently purchased a new bottle of organic lavender essential oil.  When I think of lavender fields, normally I envision southern France, Provence, the true home of perfumery.  But this particular oil was made in Bulgaria.  Those folks are really getting into quality flower farming!  The oil has a different aroma:  less sweet, more earthy and twiggy.  Gorgeous.

Lavender is amazing, not just in terms of perfumery, and not just in terms of its ability to relax us.  Here is a sample of what therapeutic grade lavender essential oil can do {from Mountain Rose Herb’s website}

“The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash”.  Known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins), which are applicable to many ailments.  Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

Properties:  Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary”

A blog about essential oils wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to lavender.  With so many medicinal uses, for physical, emotional and mental health, this little flower packs quite a lot into each drop of oil.  It is relaxing when used in small amounts and a stimulant when applied liberally.  Therapeutically, I use lavender when I am feeling overwhelmed.  Cosmetically, I apply it to my hair and scalp {just rub a few drops in my palms and fingertips and give myself a scalp massage} and will dot a drop on a blemish when I have a skin eruption. 

In perfumery, I use it as a bridge between middle and top notes.  Barely distinguishable in complex blends but it’s the perfect addition to any herbaceous, woodsy creation I’ve made.

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