Lavender is a flowering plant that everyone thinks they know. After all, it’s in all sorts of over the counter health, home and beauty products. I used to believe that perfumey smell was really what lavender smelled like. Now I know better. A member of the family Lamiacea, the flowers and leaves are used in both herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Lavender essential oil is well known for it’s medical properties and is known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils.
Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Common Name: English Lavender, garden lavender
Odor Description- Fresh, floral, sweet, herbaceous. It is a midnote.
ORAC Value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)- 360
GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe)
Key Constituents: Esters (43-47%), Monoterpene Alcohols (38-43%), Monoterpenes (10-12%)
Medical Properties- Antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, relaxing, vasodilating, anti-inflammatory
Body Systems Affected: Can affect every body system but primarily Skin, Musculoskeletal, Nervous
Potential Medical Uses- Respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis,, menstrual/PMS, skin conditions (perineal repair, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, stretch marks), burns, hair loss, insomnia, nervous tension.
Usage: Aromatically, Topically, Ingestion