Lavender Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Lavender Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Lavendula officinalis

Oil Overview

Lavender oil has a light fresh aroma with a woody undertone, is clear in colour with a tinge of green and is watery in viscosity.

Oil Sources

Lavender originated in France and the oil is extracted from the flowering tops by steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate.

Aroma

Floral, Woodsy

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, Anticonvulsive, Antidepressant, Anti inflammatory, Anti-rheumatic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Antiviral, Bactericidal, Carminative, Cholagogue, Cicatrisant, Cordial, Cytophylactic, Decongestant, Deodorant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypotensive, Insect Repellent, Nervine, Rubefacient, Sedative, Sudorific, Vulnerary

Possible Uses

Acne, Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Burns, Colic, Depression, Dermatitis, Fear, Flatulence, Insect Bites, Insomnia, Irritation, Muscular Aches and Pains, Nausea, Nervous Exhaustion, Nervous Tension, Nervousness, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Sore Throat, Stress, Tension, Vomiting, Whooping Cough, Wounds

Warnings

None

Detail of Warnings

Although lavender oil is considered one of the safest essential oils, you should discontinue use is you have any allergic reactions.
Avoid high doses during pregnancy because it is a uterine stimulant.

Compatible Combination Oils

Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Patchouli, Pine

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