Lesson 20: Essential Oil – Lavender (Lavandula officinalis mailette)
Foundational Aromatherapy pages 111-112
Lavender, Mailette is a first choice for skin care due to its quick healing abilities and powerful yet gentle action. It is one of the more effective oils for use on burns and sunburns. It also works to prevent swelling and scarring from burns. Lavender is among the most widely used essential oils for emotional support. Many people say that if they were allowed to have only one oil, they would choose Lavender, Mailette.
➢ Non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing
Tried and True Uses
✓ Always a good choice for children, it is non-toxic and can be used neat (undiluted) even on young infants.
✓ Famous for its ability to relieve minor burns and sunburns, after they have been cooled, and to speed the healing process.
✓ Extremely beneficial for those suffering with depression, headaches, migraines, hypertension, insomnia, premenstrual tension, abdominal cramps; pretty much any stress-
✓ Relieves irritation from insect bites and also helps protect pets from insects and parasites.
✓ Regenerating and restoring for facial concerns such as sores, acne, boils, and psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and inflammations.
How Do I Use It?
SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 2-4 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm water; soak twenty minutes
IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minutes intervals every two hours during the day. Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minutes intervals every two hours during the day.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.
SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water. Shake before each use, mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding eyes when misting face area.
RUB IT IN – Add 2-4 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or lotion,. Massage into areas needing relief.
PUT IT ON – Apply 1-2 drops in 2-3 drops of carrier on bottom of feet. For burns, cool first, then drop on the burn as often as needed. For face, add 1-2 drops in 1⁄4 teaspoon face cream, apply morning and night. For headaches, rub 1-2 drops on neck at base of skull, on temples and forehead. For pets, put 1-2 drops in palm, rub hands together, rub through fur. Insect bite relief, 1 drop on area.
- Analgesic – relieves pain
- Antibacterial – destroys orinhibits the growth of destructive bacteria
- Anticonvulsive – inhibits seizures
- Antidepressant – alleviates depression
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
- Anti-rheumatic – relieves rheumatism
- Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
- Antitoxic – counteracts toxins
- Deodorant – prevents body odor
- Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus production
- Hypotensive – lowers high blood pressure
- Insecticide – destroys insects
- Sedative – tranquilizes activity of body part
- Toner – nourishing, supportive, strengthening
- Vulnerary – heals wounds
Forthright, Soothed, Nurture, Sheltered, and Uniqueness
Key Body Systems:
Skin, Circulatory, Nervous, Urinary, and Endocrine
BOTANICAL NAME: Lavandula officinalis mailette, clone for Lavandula angustifolia
WHERE GROWN: Southern France, Italy, Bulgaria, India
AROMA: floral, fresh, herbaceous, sweet
PRODUCING ORGAN: flowers
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation
EVAPORATION RATE: middle
Main Chemical Families:
MONOTERPENOLS – prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin nervous system sedative, emotionally uplifting, stress relieving, anti-infectious, antispasmodic (especially for digestive cramping), healing to the skin
LAMIACEAE (LABIATAE)-helpful to headaches and nasal congestion, energizes body and mind
“I am 8 years old. I am super allergic to mosquitoes. I have been in the hospital several times because of it. Last year, I went on a trip with my grandparents, and my grandma put some Lavender on a bite. I didn’t have any swelling or itching. Now I have my very own bottle of Lavender.“
“I burned my forearm, and the skin actually blackened. The pain was severe. Lavender instantly soothed it. Within 2 hours the pain was completely gone. I applied a drop at least twice a day. Within a week the burn looked healed with no scarring or ripple of the skin. It was amazing.“
*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.