Lavender oil is most commonly associated with its smell and therapeutic properties that are helpful when trying to relax. The smells can even be used to help with sedation. In the world of physical healing, it is known for its ability to treat skin. It is one of the more helpful oils that can be applied to burns, as it will help to ease the pain and also limit the amount of scarring that can occur from the injuries. This oil is also very effective in treating infection in the skin because of its natural disinfectant properties, so applying it to wounds helps to eliminate bacteria in the area and promotes faster healing.
The flower of lavender has been used for many different reasons over the centuries. In ancient Greece it was common to use it to help with constipation, chest pain and even throat infections. The Romans used it in their cooking, bathing and around their homes to help scent the air. Rumor has it that Cleopatra used this aromatic flower to seduce Mark Antony. Lavender was also used during the Medieval and Renaissance periods in European history. People would take the flowers and scatter them all over their homes and the stone floors of the castles in order to disinfect as well as to deodorize the area. This was especially popular during the Great Plague of London during the 17th century, which included wearing them around the wrist during the Black Death.
Over the last few years there have been several studies confirming the power of lavender. In different studies, it has been shown to combat staph bacteria and other infectious diseases. In 2012 there was a study that showed using this flower occasionally can help to reduce depression and anxiety.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are these oils produced?
The largest producing countries of Lavender oil are Bulgaria, France, Spain, and Ukraine. Each variety has a bit of a different look or smell to it because of the change of the acidity in the soil, rain amount and amount of sun received. These effects may cause different levels of smell, as well as effectiveness when being used in treatment. In order to be sure that you are getting the correct kind, you should consult the place you are buying your oil from, to see where it was made and what should be expected ?from that specific oil.
Is it safe to use?
This oil is considered to be generally safe, even diluted on children older than age four. It is considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. However, like all other oils, you should always test out the oil on a small patch of skin first to make sure that you have no sensitivities or allergies to this specific oil.
How much should I use?
Just as the smell of lavender is strong in nature, it is also strong in a concentrated oil form. Only a small amount is needed to get the therapeutic and topical benefits.