Lavender is one of the most useful of all essential oils. It is perhaps most famous for its ability to accelerate the healing of wounds and burns. Lavender is also useful for coughs, colds and sore throats. It is an effective relaxant and sedative and may be useful in cases of insomnia and nightmares.
Lavender essential oil is reputed to help with migraine headaches and it is often used in skin care products due to its healing, soothing and moisturizing properties. The name “lavender’ may have come from the Latin word lavare, which means “to wash,” because the Romans frequently used fragrant lavender in their bath waters.
Botanical Name: Lavendula angustifolia
Odor Intensity: Medium
Bruises, burns, sunburn, cuts
Eczema and psoriasis
Headache and migraine
Pain—arthritic, strains, sprains
Rash, itchy skin
Aroma: Floral and herbaceous, clean.
Parts Used: Leaves and Flowers
Properties: antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, antivenom, emmenagogue, hemostatic, sedative, tonic.
Emotional Concerns: Lavender is very balancing and calming to the nervous system and can soothe states of anxiety, irritability, anger, frustration and compulsion. Lavendar oils may be helpful in cases of manic depression.
Contraindications: use with caution during pregnancy. Be sure to use only true lavender, (Lavandula angustifolia). Other types of lavender have different properties and stronger contraindications.