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MARCH 2014 

Lavender is Beauty with Power

The Romans added violet-blue flowers to perfume their bath water.  Thus, "lavender" was named from lavare "to wash."

Lavender has a reputation as the best essential oil for burns largely because, in 1910, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burned his hands in a lab explosion and after rolling in grass to extinguish the flames, applied lavender essential oil topically--and was amazed that his hands healed with almost no scarring.  He was so intrigued that he experimented using essential oils medicinally with World War I soldiers.

I geek out on botanical names and won't buy an essential oil unless I know the botanical name and country of origin.  The second word in a botanical description is the adjective and tells us what characteristics were notable to the namer.  For example, I use organic Bulgarian lavender, Lavandula angustifolia (angustifolia means "narrow-leaved").  There are other lavenders; however, my favorite is Bulgarian as it is grown at higher altitudes and, thus, is higher in esters.

Ester properties in summary are:  antifungal, antimicrobial, and sedative.

Lavender is a Mind and Spirit oil and well known for its nervine-sedative properties.  It is effective for both physical and mental stress.  As you see, Lavender essential oil truly works on many levels and, in skin care, has an unmatched balancing effect.

Let's celebrate the anticipation of Spring with a Lavender fest!

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