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Featured Oil: Lavender

Featured Oil: Lavender

Lavender is the first oil in my Featured Oil Series! We are focusing on this oil for a few reasons.

  1. It is the most commonly used essential oil.
  2. It is one of the most versatile oils.
  3. It is one of the safest oils for all who use it, including children.

Lavender is from the Labiteae family which produces more essential oils than any other species. This entire family of essential oils is the safest family of plants. However, there are a few oils that should have a little extra precaution (as I have said in this post…essential oils are not risk-free). The oils like sage, basil, and thyme have higher amounts of ketones and should be used with care.

Lavender Differences & Botanical Names

There are two commonly used Lavender essential oils. Each one has its own therapeutic properties. These are True (or English) Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia). Knowing the botanical names of the essential oils you are using is important because then you know which oil you are using and can find out more about that specific one. Also, essential oils from the same family blend well together making better blends for your ailments. When you know exactly which species you are using, you can understand which therapeutic properties that one offers, making sure you’re getting the best out of it.

There are more than 39 different species of Lavandula within the Lamiaceae flowering mint family. It’s important to know what you’re using and purchasing.

Therapeutic Properties

Essential oils have incredible therapeutic properties for each indvidual oil. Here are some for the two different Lavenders.

True (English) Lavender:

Analgesic, anti-convulsive, antiseptic, decongestant, immune system support, anti-inflammatory, tonic, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, sedative, antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, fungicide, deodorant.

Spike Lavender:

Analegestic, anti-bacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-viral, cholagogic, insecticial, nervine, rubefacient, deodorant.

Therapeutic Uses

True (English) Lavender:

Calming, relaxing, treats depression and anxiety, and insomnia. Headaches, cramps, inflammation of joints and muscles, muscle pain, tension, spasms, and conditions of the veins. Great for treating bronchitis, colds, asthma, and whooping cough. Lavender is great for skin conditions like acne, eczema, burns, insect repellant and scarring. Highly popular for treating burns, wounds and insect bites. (Do not put essential oils in open wounds)

Spike Lavender:

Arthritis, poor circulation, parasites, congestions, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, whooping cough, nerve pain, spasm, cramps, aches and pains, inflammation, depression, viruses. Spike Lavender is better for regulating a healthier sleep pattern and true lavender is better for helping you fall asleep.

Precautions

True (English) Lavender:

Do not use if you have low blood pressure.

Safe to use with children in low dilution (as should be all essential oils when used with children)

Avoid during 1st and 2nd trimesters of pregnancy.

Spike Lavender:

Don’t use more than the max, don’t use neat on skin, and can cause skin irritation if not diluted properly.

Diffusing Recipe:

Emotional Blend Diffuser Blend

3 Drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
3 Drops Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
3 Drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Put in your diffuser and follow the instructions. Diffuse on for 1 hour, off for 2. Enjoy!

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