Lavender, High Altitude
Pure, Therapeutic High Altitude Lavender essential oil, Wildcrafted
Botanical name : Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis
Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation of the flowers
Aroma: Sweet, floral, herbaceous -- more intense that lavender grown at lower altitudes
Note classification: Middle Odor Intensity : 5
Key constituents: Linalyl Acetate, Terpenyl Acetate, Lavandulyl Acetate, Geranyl Acetate, Linalool, Cis-beta-Ocimene, Terpinene-4-ol, Trans-beta-Ocimene (Note: High Altitude Lavender has a significantly higher Ester content than Lavender grown at lower altitudes.) (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Shelf Life: 3 years or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.
Plant description : Botanical family : Laminaceae or Labiatae (mint) Lavender is an evergreen plant native to the areas around the Mediterranean Sea and is now grown in many ares around the globe. It grows to 3 feet high and produces fragrant blue/purple flowers and soft green leaves. Lavender plants grown at high altitudes have a significantly higher Ester content, increasing the relaxing properties of the essential oil.
Regions of Production : France (Barreme region)
Growing Practices : Plants indigenous to the area are harvested from the wild, away from chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Properties : analgesic, anticonvulsant, antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, fungicide, hypotensive, nervine, restorative, sedative, sudorific, vulnerary (Battaglia, 2003). Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits : Most commonly used for relaxation and skin healing. Also used for respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, muscle and joint pain, insomnia, nervous tension, menstrual imbalances, PMS, skin conditions (stretch marks, scarring, psoriasis, eczema, cellulite, acne), insect bites, burns, sunburn, hair loss, digestive complaints. A popular essential oil used in natural perfume making.
Modes of Administration : Topical : massage, compress, skin care - Lavender is one of the few essential oils which are safe to use neat (full strength). Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, aromatherapy inhaler.
Fragrant influences: Improves concentration and mental clarity, calming, balancing (both physically and emotionally). Lavender essential oil is calming in small amounts and will stimulate the nervous system in higher concentrations.
Safety : Non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing. Lavender essential oil is one of the few essential oils which can safely be used full strength (neat) on the skin. Avoid if you have an estrogen-dependent cancer. May be deeply relaxing : avoid prior to activities that require concentration.
Blends well with : Anise, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Camphor, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Oakmoss, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli,Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver
History / Fun Facts : The name Lavender is derived from the Latin word lavare, meaning "to wash", referring to its amazing antimicrobial properties. The ancient Greeks and Romans perfumed their bath waters with lavender and burned lavender flowers to please their gods. Today, Lavender essential oil is regarded as one of the most useful and versatile therapeutic oils and is known as one of the seven polyvalents ( useful against many toxins). Lavender is used in some zoos to soothe the lions and tigers. There are 28 different species of lavender, which is also spelled lavendar.
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Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.