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Lavender essential oil


Lavender essential oil


Lavender essential oil is one of the most used in herbal medicine due to its multiple properties. It can be used in various ways, even pure, without particular contraindications.

General characteristics



The essential oil of lavender is extracted from the homonymous plant, a small floral shrub belonging to the Lamiacee family. There are several species of lavender, each with a different officinal name, the best known are the "Lavandula Angustifolia" and the "Lavandula Offininalis". The flowers are harvested in clusters, have a blue color tending to purple and a fresh and floral scent. Lavender is typical of temperate climates and coastal areas of the Mediterranean, it can grow spontaneously or cultivated for industrial use. The collection of flowering tops takes place only in summer and are left to dry in cool, dry places. The extraction of the essential oil takes place by distillation. The parts of the flower are placed in a distillation column crossed by a stream of steam through which the essences are extracted in liquid form. The final product has a viscous consistency and is green in color, even if it then undergoes different processes and becomes almost completely transparent. Its healing and beneficial properties have been known since ancient times, it was often used as a auspicious plant for some enterprise. For the ancient Romans the essence of lavender was very useful for treating burns and as a fragrance in spas. In more recent times it was often given to new brides in the outfit or a flower was worn around the neck as a lucky charm.

The properties



Of all the types of essential oils, lavender is perhaps the most versatile. It has soothing and calming properties on the skin and can be used alone or in combination with other oils and products. It has tonic, rebalancing and relaxing properties. It helps especially if you are subjected to a lot of physical effort or stress. It helps especially if you suffer from anxiety because it acts as a sedative on the nervous system. On the skin it has astringent, purifying and sebum-balancing properties, it is, in fact, often used in cosmetics for ointments and beauty creams against acne and blackheads. Lavender oil is also a strong antiseptic and healing agent, ideal for cutting wounds, burns and sunburn. Helps against flu states, because it also performs an antibiotic action. Performs a mild diuretic action, if taken in oral form and is also an antispasmodic. It can be used by women who suffer from menstrual pain and heavy flow, it also helps to regularize the cycle. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, in fact, it can be used to relieve joint and rheumatic pains and acts on the lymphatic system by improving the tone of the skin, because it helps reduce the stagnation of liquids.

Lavender essential oil: Uses



This product should never be missing in a woman's beauty case, because it can be used in many beauty treatments. It can be used with a clay mask to treat acne and redness, just two drops are needed for application on the face. It can be applied to the scalp, possibly mixed with a light oil or balm, to improve seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. It helps to regenerate the skin and is an excellent anti-aging ingredient. It can be used for draining and anti-cellulite massages, even on small skin lesions, because it speeds up healing. Massaging a bit of lavender oil on the temples helps relieve headaches, especially of snow origin. Taking a warm bath with this product promotes energy recovery and helps relaxation. Lavender can also be used with children, without any danger, especially if they are very nervous. Making a massage with a light oil and 10-15 drops of lavender or directly in the bath, helps to calm them and induces sleep. Having a very pleasant scent this essence can also be used to perfume the rooms with a diffuser or a humidifier, or in the closet to make clothes smell. You can make nice DIY perfumed bags with thin fabric, a little salt and 20-30 drops of essential oil. Just pour the liquid on the salt and close it all in the bag-shaped fabric. The clothes will smell like lavender for weeks. In recent years, lavender essential oil is also used for chromotherapy and aromatherapy because, thanks to its delicate and delicate fragrance and the characteristic blue color of the flowers, it helps against stress and tension by acting on the psyche. The state of well-being is favored by the fact that lavender helps rebalance the energy centers of the body. Anyone who has trouble falling asleep at night and suffers from a mild form of insomnia can put a few drops of oil on the pillow before going to bed. Lavender has no contraindication, just do not exceed the recommended doses as well as any other essential oil. For oral use you can drink an aromatic herbal tea with a few drops of essential oil.