Lavender is an herb rich in history
and culture. Long prized for its scent and healing properties,
it is also one of the most beloved plants in the garden. Ranging
in colors from vivid sun-soaked indigo to a subtle violet-white;
it evokes within all who encounter this plant a sense of calming
and rest through its wonderful heady and unmistakable aroma.
Lavender is rich in aromatic molecules called esters, which are antispasmodic, pacifying and tonic, while other molecules give it its antiviral, bacterial and anti-inflammatory powers. One
of the most consistent of the many therapeutic attributes of Lavender oil is respiratory relief. Hood River Lavender's Certified Organic Lavender oil is of particular benefit to respiratory relief. It also helps to soothe the discomfort of athlete's foot. Try 2-3 drops on the edge of your toilet paper roll, and a few drops around drains, trash bins or toilet bowls.
With its magnificent hues and beguiling aromatic perfume, Lavender
has had its place in the hearts of men and women almost since
the beginning of time. In ancient Rome lavender was recognized
for its healing and antiseptic qualities, its ability to deter
insects, and for washing. The name of lavender comes from the
Latin word lavare meaning to wash, and
was used as a ritual bathing herb in ancient Rome. Biblical
references and folklore have mingled together over the years,
and it was believed that Adam and Eve took lavender with them
when they were banished from the Garden of Eden. As that legend
goes, lavender later received its perfume distinction when Mary
laid the baby Jesus clothes upon a bush of it to dry.
Lavender was later regarded to ward off evil and in Medieval
times a cross made of lavender hung over the door provided a
safeguard against disease and evil in general. During the 17th
century in London, it was suggested that a bunch of lavender
be tied around the wrist to protect one from the Great Plague.
To the credit of our ancestors, lavender really did provide
a protection from evil in that it did appear to guard against
Over time lavender has been associated with love. In Tudor times,
if a maiden wanted to know the identity of her true love, she
would sip a brew of lavender on St. Lukes day while murmuring:
St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me, In my dreams, let my
true love see me. Alpine girls tucked lavender under the
pillows of their lovers in hopes of turning their thoughts toward
love and romance. Once married, newlyweds would put bunches
of lavender under their mattress to ensure that marital passion.
Today lavender still holds as the herb associated with love
and healing. In the First World War when modern antiseptics
were depleted, the public was asked to gather up garden lavender
so the oil could be used to dress war wounds. Lavender is a
marvelous antiseptic, as well as an herbal remedy. Wrapped in
cushions, dried flowers can help to induce sleep, and ease stress
or depression. It can be brewed into a tea, either drank or
applied, and used to relieve headaches, sinus congestion, hangovers,
tiredness, exhaustion and tension. Hopeful romantics still know
the value of lavender, and many a heart have been swayed by
the gift of this wonderful plant and the products produced from
Today lavender is cultivated all around the world. Bulgaria,
England, France, New Zealand, Australia and the USA are all
known for growing lavender and producing essential oil. To create
the pure oil, the plants are harvested when in full bloom and
the flower tops are then steam distilled to produce the essential
Lavenders aroma is rich and camphoric sweet, with an herbaceous
floral note. It is a truly magical plant and those who have
ever been enticed and seduced by its sweet heady perfume become
enamored for life. A walk through a field of blooming lavender
is a stroll that is never forgotten.
Used as Physical and Emotional support, Lavender is deeply rooted
in aromatherapy. Its effect is calming, uplifting, refreshing,
soothing and purifying. Its Properties include: antibacterial,
anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic,
anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antiviral, anticoagulant,
carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic,
deodorant, decongestant, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue,
hypotensive, inseticidal, nervine, parasiticidal, rubefacient,
restorative, sedative, sudorfic, tonic, vermifugal and vulnerary.
Emotionally, lavender helps to create a calm composure while
reducing the effects of stress and irritability. It helps with
insomnia, nightmares, nervous tension, apprehension, hysteria
and panic attacks. It is balancing to the body as well as the
Excellent for aching muscles, relaxation, stress relief. Add 6-8 drops after running the water and vigorously agitate water. Adding the drops to a capful of milk or Epsom salts and then putting in the bath helps to disperse the oils through out the water. This is a great way to receive the benefits of Lavender oil. Lie back, relax, and enjoy!
In Shower: After washing your hair, add a few drops to a capful of water and gently pour onto your head. Stand there for a few seconds then dip your head under running water and allow oils to rinse off. Cup your hands over your face and breathe in the relaxing aroma. Our Lavender Oil can also be added (a few drops) to your shampoo and cleanse your hair as normal.
Room Diffuser: Fill the top dish of an 'essential oil diffuser' or a 'vaporiser' with water and add 6-8 drops of Lavender oil. Place a lit tea light candle in the space provided underneath the dish. This is a very good way to receive the benefits of the oil. Use in your favorite room. Vaporisation is especially good to use when you have a cold or are feeling under the weather. Keep burner away from draughts and open windows. Hint: use warm water in the dish for quicker results.
Massage: This is a particularly effective way to apply the oils when you have tight and sore muscles, under stress, or have sustained an injury. The oils will be absorbed quickly into the blood stream, thus assisting the body and mind. NEVER massage UNDILUTED oils, always use a good quality
carrier or our own nutrient-rich Massage Oil.
Tissue or Handkerchief: Great for an immediate relief from the flu,
sinusitis, or those moments of sudden anxiety. Add a few drops and breathe deeply immediately.
As a Compress: In a bowl of warm water add 6-10 drops and swirl around. Soak a cloth in the water, then gently squeeze out enough water so that it will not drip and apply to the area you wish to treat. Use cold water for treating new muscular injuries or sprains so not to induce swelling.
Tired Hands/Feet: Add 6-10 drops to warm water and soak your fatigued hands or feet for 10 minutes. Follow with a nutrious lotion like our Lavender Silk Lotion, Lavender Balm, or Mega Therapy Cream for your hands. For your feet try our super-rich Foot Balm.
Burns:Apply a few drops of neat Lavender oil onto the burnt area (especially good for sunburn). Lavender oil will greatly assist the healing process. Use only lavender. Any serious burns must be seen to by a doctor.
***The above recommendations apply only to Healthy, Average sized Adults. Dosage for children, elderly, sick or diabled persons should be a fraction of above dosage. As with any essential oil, ALWAYS try a small amount on a "patch" test to see if skin is reactive before any treatment.
A Great source of information on Lavender Oil is found on the University of Maryland Medical Center site. It discusses uses, clinicals, and information regarding the use of lavender oil for integrative and complementive medicine. Read the information here.