PORTRAIT

You don’t need to endure sunburn, a bee sting, or that cold sore. Apply lavender essential oil and discover what French scientist René Gattefossé learned by accident—plunging his severely burned hand into a vat of lavender oil promoted tissue regeneration and healed the wound with no scarring! Fine lavender is a great antiseptic and is said to inhibit the bacteria that can cause infections.

You’ll also find yourself reaching for this medicine chest staple when your emotions, mind, or spirit are overheated and need to be calmed. Rub it in or inhale it and feel your breathing slow, your mind relax, and your emotions calm. Our “How to Use” tab below is filled with ideas on ways lavender can help you balance your body and your life.

Is your lavender giving you the benefits you’re looking for?

Inshanti’s fine lavender is a pure lavender grown at a high elevation and sourced only from Provence, France. The higher altitude produces an oil with a higher ester content, and those esters provide the calming and soothing effects lavender is famous for. Because lavender is one of the most popular essential oils but the fine lavender is expensive, many manufacturers sell adulterated oils, often substituting the less-expensive hybrid oil lavandin for authentic lavender.

While lavandin has many wonderful properties (that’s why we sell it here at Inshanti), it is much lower in esters and much higher in camphor. A product’s GC/MS report (available for every Inshanti oil at your request) can show you the chemical breakdown of the product you are buying to ensure it will give you the therapeutic benefits and delicate sweet aroma you desire.

Spike lavender, Inshanti’s third oil in the lavender family, is high in 1,8 cineole and camphor, making it a great choice for headaches, joint pain, and respiratory congestion.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Flowers
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Chemical Family: Monoterpenols (Linalool), Esters, Sesquiterpenes
Country of Origin: Provence, France
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Floral, fresh, herbaceous & sweet
Note Classification: Middle

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties

  • Calms, soothes and nurtures
  • Sedative – calming the mind and alleviating fears
  • Emotional balancing

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Analgesic – An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
  • Antidepressant – An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Anti-infectious – Helps the body strengthen its own resistance to infective organisms and rid the body of illness.
  • Antiseptic – Assists in fighting germs/infections.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Bactericide – An agent that destroys bacteria.
  • Cicatrisant – Cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars.

HOW TO USE

Acne: Add 1–2 drops of lavender to facial toner or cream to help alleviate acne. Lavender is said to inhibit bacteria that cause skin infections and help rebalance the over-secretion of sebum.

Bath: Blend together in a separate container, 6–8 drops lavender into 1 tablespoon of castile soap or carrier oil. Optional: Add a 1/2 cup of Epsom salts to bath water

Bites, Stings, Abrasions: Apply lavender to insect bites and stings, cuts, scrapes and abrasions.

Burns: Apply 2–3 drops of lavender on a minor burn to decrease pain and help prevent scarring. It also helps it heal faster! I suggest to keep a bottle in your kitchen for these emergencies.

Cold Sores: Apply a few drops of undiluted lavender to cold sores.

Diffuser: Help quiet the mind, relax and unwind. Try diffusing lavender in a child or baby’s room to help them calm down and sleep. Diffuse in the delivery room to calm and relax everyone in the room.

Earache: Warm a bottle of lavender in a hot water bath, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ear to help alleviate earache. For babies and small children, olive oil can be mixed with a few drops of lavender, then gently message a small amount outside of ear making sure no oil gets into ear canal.

Inhaler: Add 10–15 drops of lavender into a blank inhaler for instant relief from hay fever and sinusitis. A excellent relief for  anxiety.

Laundry: Add a few drops of lavender to the final rinse when washing to give fabrics a light lasting fragrance.

Massage Oil: Blend 6 drops lavender, 3 drops cedarwood and 2 drops bergamot into 1 oz. carrier oil.

Soothe Sunburn & Poison: Add a few drops of lavender to distilled water in a spray bottle, and mist sunburned skin.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

RECIPES

Dry Skin Relief:

4 drops lavender fine

3 drops roman chamomile

2 drops helichrysum

2 drops frankincense

Blend the essential oils into 1 oz. of Jojoba. Massage oil into dry areas on your skin to stop the itching and pain and to help heal the skin.

Pooch Spray (DO NOT USE ON CATS)

6 drops lavender fine

2 oz. of lavender hydrosol

Blend Lavender into 2 oz. of lavender hydrosol.  Shake and Spritz.

Lavender may be used on dogs, as a bug spray, to help calm and relax them when going to the vet, or simply to make them smell nice, BUT use caution as dogs have a keen sense of smell and are more sensitive to essential oils so only use the best quality and always dilute. Never use essential oils on cats!

SAFETY

Lavendar is safe to use with children over xx years (add 5 drops to 1 ounce lotion or oil) and safe to use undiluted or “neat” on adult skin. Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children. Do not use undiluted. External use only. Keep away from mucous membranes and eyes.

Please Note: All Inshanti Essential Oils are GC/MS tested for purity. All Inshanti’s ingredients are either Wild Crafted, Ethically Farmed or Certified Organic!

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

 

More Info

High altitude French lavender, gathered in the clean mountain air of the French Alps, is considered the benchmark among all the varieties of this exquisite and versatile oil.

Our French Lavender is grown at over 2,400 feet in Provence, and at a lower temperature, which preserves a fuller and more potent aromatic and therapeutic profile. The result is a superb, consistently superior lavender oil.

Lavender is a perennial shrub that thrives best in sunny regions and frost-free environments. The appearance and aroma of Lavender varies according to species. Of its many varieties, French Lavender is a famous one due to its fragrance and therapeutic properties. It is an ornamental flowering shrub with grayish-green leafy stems. The flowers grow in spikes and capped by light, blue-violet bracts, are the sources of French Lavender essential oil.

Lavender has long been valued not only for its fresh, sweet smell, but also for its wide and varied therapeutic benefits. Its history goes back at least as far as the Roman Empire where dried lavender was used to freshen the wash water and the lavender oil was used to treat battle wounds. In modern times dried lavender and its oil has many uses both medicinally and for the home.

References:

Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999
Keville, K. Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, The Crossing press, USA, 1995
Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
Price S. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Churchill Livingstone, 1995
Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy, The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1998
Tisserand R. The Art of Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1977
Source: Lavender | University of Maryland Medical Center

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