Aroma: Floral, heady, yet clear.
Probably Blue Labelle’s favourite essential oil, Lavender has been used since time began. It smells divine, it blends divinely, and is a cure-all for pretty much every physical and mental complaint you could think of. We could all benefit from carrying a bottle around at all times!! Obtained from the flowers, predominantly from Europe.
History: Due to a lack of written evidence before Egyptian times it is in Ancient Egypt that we start, although it can be safely assumed that lavender was used for thousands of years before that. Lavender was used in ancient Egypt by the elites and priests in cosmetics such as massage oils, medicine, and embalming. This knowledge spread to Greece where it was used in perfumes and medicines, and then to Rome where people bathed in it and it is thought the word Lavender arose, from the latin lavere- to wash. At every point of modern history evidence can be found of the importance lavender had to the culture, it truly is the most amazing plant and essential oil, and I would recommend to anyone to get some in their lives!!
The birth of modern aromatherapy can be attributed to Lavender. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist and scholar living in the early 1900s, burnt his hand and plunged it into the nearest vessel of liquid he could see- it was Lavender oil, and he was impressed by how quickly the burn healed without infection or scarring. Gattefosse is credited with coming up with the name "aromatherapy".
Main constituents: Geraniol, Linalool, Linalyl acetate (Ester), Caryophyllene (Sesquiterpene), Limonene, Linene (Terpenes).
Properties for the skin: Great for all skin types as it helps cell regeneration and rejuvenation. Balancing so suitable for dry and oily conditions, and can be used to help skin problems such as eczema and acne.
Properties for the mind: Lavender is said to cleanse the spirit, balancing the physical, etheric, and astral bodies (so says Rudolf Steiner) and encouraging a calmer state. It can be useful for a number of conditions such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, and anger.