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Lavender ‘Lavandula angustifolia’

One of my all time favorite essential oils. It’s therapeutic properties calms, soothes, nurtures, encourages balance in all body systems, reduces anxiety and fear as well as helps calm and control panic attacks.

The best applications are a couple sprays on your linens just before bedtime, 5-10 drops in your diffuser or via a roller ball along the inside of your wrists and behind your ears.

Analgesic: Lavender is well regarded as an analgesic oil, and its main constituent linalol has been well researched in this capacity. Research has established that it has antinociceptive pain relieving actions, via inhalation as well as topical application, both on its own and in blends, as seen in studies conducted by Kim et al. (2007) and Ou et al.(2012) and Ou et al. (2014). Linalol is possibly the most studied monoterpenol and has multiple and diverse sites of action (Guimarães et al. 2013). It is notable for its antinociceptive action (Batista et al. 2008, Batista et al. 2011). Linalyl acetate also has antinociceptive action (Peana et al. 2002).

Anti-inflammatory: Lavender and linalol both have anti-inflammatory actions, possibly by reducing nitric oxide synthesis or release (nitric oxide contributes to pain and edema), and the release of pro-inflammatory compounds in the tissues (Rivot et al. 2002). Lavender may, therefore, help relieve tissue stagnation.

Antiallergenic: The essential oil has anti-allergic activity (Kim and Cho 1999 cited by Tisserand and Young 2014).

Antibacterial: Edwards-Jones et al. (2004) found that a combination of Lavender, Geranium, and Tea Tree had an increased inhibitory effect on the growth of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but that Lavender and Tea Tree without the Geranium were less active against MRSA.

Antifungal (Candida and dermatophytes): Lavender is active against Candida. It is also active against dermatophytes, especially when used in conjunction with Tea Tree (Cassella, Cassella and Smith 2002).

Antirheumatic: Lavender oil has excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions, and it can reduce swelling.

Antispasmodic: The antispasmodic actions of Lavender are likely due in part to the presence of linalyl acetate, which relaxes smooth muscle (Kang et al. 2013).

CNS sedative: Early studies suggested that linalyl acetate, in conjunction with linalol, was important in the sedative effects of Lavender (Buchbauer et al. 1991 and 1993). The essential oil and its main components linalol and linalyl acetate have since been the subject of many studies, which have established that both inhaled and topically applied, Lavender and these components have pronounced sedative and anxiety relieving properties (Itai et al. 2000, Shen et al. 2005b, Hwang 2006, Shen et al. 2007, Field et al. 2008, Toda et al. 2008, Hoya et al. 2008, Linck et al. 2009, Woelk and Schläfke 2010).

Deodorant: The antibacterial actions of Lavender, coupled with its relatively high rate of evaporation, can help remove unpleasant scents.

Immunostimulant: Lavender’s anti-inflammatory activity, coupled with its broad antimicrobial actions and profound stress-relieving effects, may offer immunostimulant properties.

Skin healing: Lavender is renowned for its ability to heal the skin (burns, ulcers, itching, rashes, irritations, infections, wounds, and other types of damage). This is due to its portfolio of properties (anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, edema reducing, antiallergic, and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity). Its effectiveness was demonstrated by Altaei 2012, who found that, compared to the baseline and placebo, the topical the application of Lavender to recurrent mouth ulcers produced a significant reduction in inflammation, ulcer size, and healing time, and that pain relief was experienced from the first application (Altaei 2012).

Tonic: Lavender is a tonic. It is healing on both body and mind, and can strengthen and restore vitality.

 

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