Lavandula Angustifolia (True Lavender)
True Lavender is a small, evergreen shrub that can be found growing across the Northern Mediterranean, from Spain to Greece. It flourishes in North American and European climates.
It is said that Lavender originated in the Middle East and is thought to have been introduced to France through the Greek islands in 600AD, then later into England at some point during the 16th and 17th Centuries. Herbs were greatly sought after for their medicinal uses, and Lavender has been used in this way for many years. It is well known for its antiseptic properties, and is used in the treatment of wounds, ulcers and burns.
Lavender essential oil can be used in many ways:
- In a warm, relaxing bath before bed.
- In a massage, which has been successfully used in Aromatherapy for the relief of anxiety, and as an aid for restful sleep, especially when affected by stress and tension.
- In a compress; this is an excellent way of using essential oils when massage is too painful, which is especially beneficial in the relief of sunburn and headaches.
- In a foot or hand bath.
- Steam inhalation.
- In a vaporiser or diffuser.
- In a gel.
- In a room mist.
Please note that any reference to a medicinal use is provided for interest only. We are not recommending this as a treatment for any medical condition; if you have a medical condition, always consult your doctor before using essential oils.