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(Lavandula angustifolia)
Plant Family
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
L. offidnalis, L. Vera
Description and Distribution
An evergreen shrub with a height and spread of 3-4 feet (1m) whose bluish-mauve flowers are carried in spikes at the end of thin stems. The plant is native to the Mediterranean area of southern Europe. Most of the oil is produced in France, Spain and Bulgaria.
Extraction Method
Steam distillation of the flowering tops.
Nature of the Oil
A colourless to pale yellow liquid. The aroma is sweet flo­ral-herbaceous. Its odour effect is uplifting, calming and refreshing.
Main Constituents
Linalol, linalyl acetate, lavandulol, lavandulyl acetate, ter-pineol, limonene, caryophyllene.
Analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylac-tic, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagoguic, hypotensive, insecticidal, nervine, parasiticidal, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific, tonic, vermifugal, vulnerary.
Aromatherapeutic Uses
Skin care (most skin types), acne, allergies, athlete's foot, boils, bruises, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, burns, chilblains, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, insect bites and stings, as an insect repellent, asthma, earache, coughs, colds and 'flu, catarrh, laryngitis, nausea, colic, cystitis, painful menstruation, depression, headache, insomnia,



Medicinal Properties

Other health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to treat leucorrhea. It is also effective against insect bites. The oil is also used to repel mosquitoes and moths. You will find many mosquito repellents containing lavender oil as one of the ingredients.

As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil. It is also recommended that diabetics stay away from lavender oil. It may also cause allergic reactions to people having sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting and headaches due to usage of lavender oil.