Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil has many qualities that makes it truly indispensable.
- Since it is a nervine, lavender can alleviate tension, anxiety, stress and insomnia by its calming qualities.
- Lavender's anti-inflammatory properties help soothe and calm all skin types.
- It has natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties which promotes healing and prevents scarring.
- Applied (diluted) at the temples or inhaled, it can be effective for headache and migraine relief.
- Repels insects (see above).
On a Personal Note
I've grown lavender since I was a teenager, and that wasn't yesterday! Loved the plant, but I have to admit I wasn't fond of its scent. It was only after working with lavender in our production studio that this changed. We became "friends". What I formerly interpreted as an unpleasant medicinal scent is now a pleasing, sweet and floral one. Funny how this happens... I'm always open to lessons from the natural world. While running Earth Elementals, I've faced loss of both parents and a couple of dear friends. Perhaps at this point in my life, I needed this plant ally to help heal grief and move forward.
It grows well in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, zone 5b. When in bloom, it attracts beneficial pollinators such as butterflies, bumblebees and honeybees. The deer, hare and woodchucks seem to ignore lavender in the garden which is an added bonus, especially when your home and gardens are surrounded by woods.
I have the best luck with the variety, 'Munstead', 'Hidcote' being my second choice. As a recent convert to the lavender fan club, I enjoy growing it and using it in the studio day to day! It even self seeds! Having lots of lavender babies this year to plant, I'm off to plot and plan next year's lavender garden expansion...
Do you enjoy lavender in your natural body care routine? Please check out our array of lavender infused products. Try our skin soothing lavender oatmeal or lavender patch soap bars. They're always best sellers! Light up our lavender + patchouli candle for a fragrant calming-balancing aroma that will help you unwind from a stressful work day. For soothing and moisturizing dry skin, try our lavender + patchouli bath & body oil, or indulge yourself with a relaxing bath with our soaking salts. To check out all of lavender product offerings, just type "lavender" in the Search box at the top of the page.