Lavender

Botanical  officinalis / Angustifolia, Vera 
Country of origin/distribution  Bulgaria, England, France, Greece, Spain, Tasmania, Yugoslavia 
Part of plant used  Shrub: Flowering tops 
Family  Labiatae 
Other names  Lavender is the name for any of several aromatic shrubs, including English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia Mill. subsp. angustifolia, and French lavender, Lavandula dentata L. English lavender, formerly classified as Lavandula delphinensis Jord ex Billot, Lavandula officinalis Chaix, Lavandula spica L., and Lavandula vera 
Note  Middle note 
Chakra  Crown, Solar plexus, Eighth and higher, Palms of Hands, has a balancing effect on all chakra’s 
Energy  Slightly cooling, neutral 
Planet  Mercury 
Aroma/characteristics  Sweet floral herbaceous aroma 
Dasha effect  PK-,Vo 
Description  An evergreen woody shrub, up to 1 meter tall, with pale green narrow leaves, with violet blue flowers 
History/herbal  Lavender was mentioned by Pliny, Galen & Dioscorides.  In Roman times the midwife would trace a cross with the dried crushed leaves over hot coals, to fill the room with its fragrance during the birth.  The Abbess Hildegarde, wrote a whole chapter on the virtues of lavender in the 12th century.  Valnet recommends it for weak and delicate children.  Gattefosse is well remembered for the plunging his burnt arm into a container of lavender oil. 
Extraction  Steam distilled & Co2 Extraction 
Chemical constituents  linalyl acetate, linalool, 1,8-cineole, camphor, alpha pinene 
Properties  Analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antimicrobial, anti-infectious, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, cholagogue, choleric, cicatrisiant, cordial, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, fungicidal, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, parasiticide, rubefacient, stimulant, sudorific, tonic, vasodilator, vermifuge 
Safety/contra indications   
Cardiovascular  Anticoagulant, Eases palpitations, Lowers or balances high blood pressure, Lymphatic congestion – Cellulite, Fluid retention 
Digestive  Colic, Flatulence, Gastroenteritis, Indigestion, Nausea. Eases solar plexus spasms 
Genito – urinary  Irregular and scanty menses. Cystitis 
Immune  Flu, Viral infections, Typhus, Tuberculosis 
Muscular skeletal  Aches and Pains, Rheumatism, Sprains 
Respiritory  All catarrhal complaints, Flu, Throat infections, Asthma, Bronchitis. Nose and Throat infections 
Skin  Acne rosacea, Alopecia, Bites, Boils, Burns, Bruises, Chicken pox, Dermatitis, Eczema, Fungal infections, Inflammation, Insect bites, Psoriasis, Rejuvenate, Scars, Sunburn, Wounds 
Uses mind  Rudolf Steiner says it stabilises Physical, Astral and Etheric planes 
Nervous  Anxiety, Depression, General debility, Irritability, Palpitations, Stress 
Comments  This is such an amazing oil, it is gentle enough to be applied directly on the skin for headaches to cleanse and heal wounds, to take the itch out of a mosquito bite or to rub directly into the throat area to ease a sore throat. While it is gentle on the skin it has a strong effect on the problem it is being used to deal with.  A calming oil when used in small amounts and stimulating in large 

  

Lavender does have a positive effect on preexisting scars and wounds, but as with all thing’s prevention is better than cure.   Over the years I have sold lots of a massage blend I make called Full Bloom, this is a combination of Lavender, Neroli & Tangerine oils, diluted in Avocado and Calendula carrier oils.  This blend is designed to be used during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks.  I have 2 clients who have reported that old pre-existing stretch marks were significantly reduced, by using this blend during a subsequent pregnancy. I don’t know why this is the case when the same does not happen if used by a non-pregnant woman. 

Other  Sometimes the chemicals Linalyl acetate and Linalool are manipulated to contain the percentages 40% / 42% , this is a requirement for the perfumery trades. Some aromatherapists also like the “standard”.  The key word is ‘manipulated’   it’s not a “natural” product but can be “all natural” 

  

Other lavenders include Spike lavender and Lavandin, neither of these oils will have the same calming soothing properties as True Lavender, Spike lavender has more in common with Rosemary, it is high in camphor and has a more stimulating action.   

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