Lavender French Essential Oil
Latin name: Lavandula Angustifolia
Synonyms: L. vera, L. officinalis
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the flowering tops
Origin: Europe, mainly France
Plant characteristics: This hardy herb has a delicate purple-blue flower in spring and summer. It is not to be confused with larger cross-breeds of the Lavender family, such as spike or Lavandin, as it does not have the same essential oil properties, or appearance, being much smaller and less spectacular. Common to Europe, the flower from this plant yields one of aromatherapy’s favourite essential oils.
Lavender French Essential Oil characteristics: A very pale yellow oil with a sweet, floral, warm, fresh aroma. The smell is significantly different to Spike lavender and marginally different to Lavandin.
Traditional use: An ancient folk remedy, this oil was used to comfort the stomach and the soul. It was also used extensively in the washing of personal clothes to make them smell fresh.
Lavender French Essential Oil blends well with: Most other essential oils.
Cautions and comments: No known contra-indications. Always check the Latin name when buying Lavender oil as there are many other types of Lavender that are not at all as effective.
Main chemical constituents: Alcohols (<50%), esters (<55%).
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.