Product: Lavender Oil
Latin Name: Lavandula angustifolia syn. Lavandula officinale.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Alhucema, English Lavender, Garden Lavender, Lavanda, Lavande, Lavande Anglaise, Lavande Commune, Lavande du Jardin, Ostokhoddous & True Lavender.
Description: The angustifolia variety of lavender is a semi-woody perennial herb native to France and the western Mediterranean area, which is now cultivated in many regions of the world. The plants grow up to 1.2 metres in height with a spread of up to 1 metre. The leaves are simple, entire, oblong-lanceolate and 2-6cm in length, glaucous green in colour and grow in whorls at intervals on the square stems. The hermaphrodite inflorescences are composed of many 2-lipped flowers which form terminal spikes 2-8cm in length on top of stems; the flowers are bluish-violet to pale lilac in colour.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that lavender oil can help soothe burns? The discovery came about quite by accident, literally, in the early 20th century when René-Maurice Gattefossé known in France as the founder of modern aromatherapy who coincidentally coined the term ‘aromatherapy’. Gattefossé was conducting some experiments in his laboratory and burnt his hand badly during the course of one of them. He is said to have automatically thrust his hand into the nearest tub of liquid and luckily for him, it was a container of lavender oil. The speed at which his burnt hand began to heal, with minimal scarring amazed Gattefossé. He began researching the properties of other essential oils, as well as lavender, he looked at the antiseptic properties of thyme, lemon and clove, testing their capacity to heal wounds and their use as an antiseptic on soldiers wounded during WWI.
Blends With: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetivert & Ylang-Ylang.
Safety Advice: Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising in low dilutions of 10% or less. Suitable for human consumption in culinary recipes, if a few drops of the oil are used and no more. Essential oils are very potent and high doses should not be consumed.
SUGGESTED USEThe oil can be added to pot pourri, sleep pillows and scented sachets; and a few drops can be used to flavour cakes, biscuits and desserts. Add to lotions, creams facial scrubs, soaps, face masks, foot powders and bath salts for the skin, and shampoos for the hair. Lavender oil can be added to washing water for floors and surfaces; it can also be used as a fragrant rinse for the hair.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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