Lavender

(Lavandula angustifolia Mill, Lavandula vera D.C. spp., Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula latifolia Spike)

Qualities and Indications

  • Central nervous system sedative (sedative at low dose, stimulant at high dose)
  • Eases agitation
  • Eases anger
  • Eases anxiety
  • Eases depression / low mood
  • Greif and bereavement
  • Hopelessness
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability / intolerance / impatience
  • Mood swings
  • Nervous tension
  • Panic attacks
  • Pre menstrual tension (PMT)
  • Sedative
  • Sense of hopelessness
  • Shock
  • Solar plexus tension
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Suspicion

First Aid

  • Skin care: acne, bruises, burns, dry cracked skin, insect bites, cuts and abrasions, encourages skin healing
  • Eases muscle and joint aches and pains
  • Anti-microbial, anti-septic

Safety Information

Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising (moderate risk of sensitization if over-used, especially Spike lavender).  Do not take orally / ingest

Background ‘droplet’

Lavender is one of the most versatile and useful essential oils. It is native to the Mediterranean, and is cultivated in England and Northern Europe, Italy, north America, and Australia.

It is a woody evergreen shrub, with pale green narrow leaves and striking violet-blue flowers borne on blunt spikes.

The whole plant is highly aromatic. Harvested toward the end of flowering, the fresh flower tops are steam distilled to yield a clear to yellow-green tinted essential oil.

Lavenders scent is fresh, floral and distinctive, with fruit to herbaceous, slightly woody to nondescript dry-out notes.

What is the essential oil not useful for? An invaluable skin healing essential oil, lavender is useful for burns, scar tissue, mature skin and oily skin.

Spike lavender is slightly different in composition from Lavender angustifolia and is more prone to cause irritation.

Lavender eases anxiety, depression, grief, and insomnia, among numerous other qualities.

You will find deeper detail about this essential oil in my books, Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation, and Essential Oils for the Whole Body