is a plant rich in history and myth. With its roots in the ancient
herbalists, lavender's properties as a disinfectant and antiseptic
were founded. Its healing qualities grew through the centuries,
even gaining the reputation of warding off the plague. Lavender's
popularity with the English royalty gave it a berth in the ranks
of a cosmetic herb, and it was with Queen Victoria that lavender
was recognized as a tonic for nerves.
Lavender is cultivated all over the world: Bulgaria, England, United
States and France are historically known for producing the essential
oil. Harvesting the lavender for oil must be done at the peak of
the day's heat. Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation
from the fresh flowering tops.
Lavender is considered the premier of all perfume. 'Perfume' derives
its name from the Greek meaning 'through smoke,' and in ancient
times the perfumes were used as fumigatory agents. Lavendula angustifolia/officinalis
grows at altitudes reaching the height of 5,000 feet. The officinalis,
known as 'vera' affords a much smaller plant and the harvesting
is more laborious. In a field ripe for harvest the plants resemble
fattened velveteen porcupines with hues ranging from brilliant whites
to shadings of violet and purple.
Properties of Lavender
It is antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antiinflammatory,
analgesic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antiviral, anticoagulant,
carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, deodorant,
decongestant, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue,hypotensive, insecticidal,
nervine, parasiticidal, rubefacient, restorative, sedative, sudorfic,
tonic, vermifugal, and vulnerary.
Ideal for physical and emotional support. Lavender as a whole is
an 'adaptagenic' essence with a relationship to all Body Systems.
It is nicknamed the ultimate 'first aid in a bottle' oil. Lavender
produces an Anti-Allergic Essential oil, with an inherent antibiotic
action. It is also an astringent as well as moisturizing to skin.
It alleviates aches, pains, and swelling from arthritis to injury
to headache. Lavender also alleviates motion sickness.
Emotionally, lavender helps support a calm composure and self-expression.
It reduces irritability, insomnia, nightmares, apprehension, panic
attacks combined with uncontrollable shaking, stress, nervous tension,
hysteria and is generally balancing to the psyche, as well as the
Research is proving that lavender is beneficial with regard to support
for hyperglycemia, hypertension, indigestion, arteriosclerosis,
digestive complaints, kidney stones, fragile capillaries, anemia,
and heartburn. It is non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.