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Lavender Oil (Lavandula officinalis)

Introduction

Found worldwide, lavender has a pleasant, woody fragranceand its oil has medicinal benefits - used in aromatherapy, flower remedies, and herbal medicine. It is also one of the few oils that can be directly applied to the skin without dilution.

The lavandins ( Lavandula × intermedia ) are a class of hybrids - of L. angustifolia and L. latifolia, which some consider inferior to lavender

Applications

Topically:

✔  Antiseptic (undiluted)

✔  Wounds – lavender honey (bees fed off lavender plants) found very effective

Catriona Jones (November 2011). "The efficacy of lavender oil on perineal trauma: A review of the evidence___". Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 17(4):

✔  In massage oil lavender relaxes muscles and eases tension.

In aromatherapy, lavender oil is used in:

✔  Autoimmune disease

✔   Depression

Lee IS, Lee GJEffects of lavender aromatherapy on insomnia and depression in women college students. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe chi [2006, 36(1):136-143] (PMID:16520572) Link

✔  Amenorrhea

✔  Burns, Acne, Rashes, Athlete's foot, insect bites, prevent scarring

✔  Arthritis

✔  Carpal tunnel syndrome

✔  Psoriasis

✔  Vaginitis

✔  Insomnia - Women receiving aromatherapy experienced a significant improvement in sleep quality.

Li-Wei Chien, Su LiCheng, and Chi Feng Liu, “The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Autonomic Nervous System in Midlife Women with Insomnia,”Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2012, Article ID 740813, 8 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/740813

Lee IS, Lee GJEffects of lavender aromatherapy on insomnia and depression in women college students. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe chi [2006, 36(1):136-143] (PMID:16520572) Link

✔  Pain

✔  Palpitations

✔  Anxiety and nervousness

Kasper, S; Gastpar, M; Müller, WE; Volz, HP; Möller, HJ; Dienel, A; Schläfke, S (2010). "Silexan, an orally administered Lavandula oil preparation, is effective in the treatment of 'subsyndromal' anxiety disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial". International clinical psychopharmacology 25(5): 277–87. doi:10.1097/YIC.0b013e32833b3242. PMID20512042.

✔  Skin cancer

✔  Osteomalacia

✔  Facial ulcers

Lavender's Active Ingredients

✔  Natural alcohol linalool –providesantiseptic/ antimicrobial properties; helps burns, wounds, acne, sores

✔  Ketones - reduce pain/ inflammation and help induce sleep

✔  Esters (incl.Acetate ester of linalool / linalyl acetate) –reduce soreness and swelling, prevent muscle spasms, anti-fungal, prevent scarring; also relieve tension, depression, hysteria and help regulate moods

✔  Aldehydes –responsible for its aroma and soothing properties

Lavender E.O. delivery methods

Essential Oil

Diffuse

Direct application to skin – on sores, cuts

Massage oil –dilute 10 drops lavender eo to 30ml carrier oil (E.g. grapeseed, almond oil)

Add to permumes, soaps, bath oils/salts

Add to shampoos (prevents dandruff)and hair sheen final rinse(with lemon oil and water, allow 30 mins to combine)

Add to herbal salves

Dried Lavender Herb

Dried lavender is used in sachets placed under pillows

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