LAVENDER (Lavandula Agustifolia):
Lavender is a symbol of rebirth, said to smooth out the character and eliminate contradictions. It’s also said to have the ability to create its own magnetism, which then draws favourable, external energies towards the user. It is a gentle anaesthetic with antiseptic properties, which stimulates the production of white corpuscles and due to this helps combat the development of infections.
As lavender has a direct effect on the nervous system, it can reduce excessive excitability, or remedy depression and feelings of melancholy, depending on the quantities applied. At night massage some drops in the nape of the neck and on the temples, or sprinkle the pillow with some drops to promote a good night’s sleep.
It always good to keep lavender to hand as it is fantastic for treating cuts, burns, relieving headaches, scraps and small accidents and is essential for a relaxing bath. It mixes very well with other essential oils too.
OBSERVATIONS: Lavender coupled with tea tree oil are the only oils that can be used directly on the skin. Lavender is so amazing it can even deal with nasty Pediculosis. That’s head lice and nits to you and me!
MAIN INDICATIONS: It has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions such as dry eczema, dermatitis, rashes, acne and skin allergies. It also balances greasy skin and rejuvenates cutaneous cells helping with scalp trouble, alopecia and dandruff. It acts as a muscle relaxant, alleviating muscular cramping and helps unblock lymphatic congestion. This in turn boosts toxin elimination making it ideal for body and facial massage. The nervous system and heart also benefit from the properties of this versatile oil and are soothed and rebalanced, therefore helping with rheumatism, respiratory tract conditions, digestive problems, genitourinary infections and many other issues of the nervous and circulatory systems.
PROPERTIES: Analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, healing, antiseptic, soothing, antitoxic, diuretic and deodorant.
The flowers are distilled in order to obtain this wonderful essential oil and 250kg of fresh flowers are needed to make just 1kg of essential oil.
ESPLIEGO (Lavandula Spica) is a variety of wild lavender and therefore viewed as being more ecological.
LAVANDÍN (Lavandula Intermediate) has a fresh and sweet fragrance. It is more economical to use than the normal lavender because it is more easily harvested.
There are several types of Lavender. Lavandín and espliego are also well known varieties used by aromatherapists.
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