Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has been used for healing since time immemorial. Romans used it to bathe and cleanse wounds (from Latin lavare “to wash”). Skin-healing properties “discovered” by French chemist Gattefosse.
What does 40/42 mean?
This refers to the linalool and linalyl acetate composition which is standardized to give a consistent floral aroma. 40/42 is the most floral blend of lavender that is perfect for soaps, perfumes and cosmetics.
Effect on mind: Appears to cleanse and calm the emotions, relieving anger or exhaustion. Its balancing effect on central nervous system may be valuable in depressive states.
Effect on body: Helps calm palpitations; relieves insomnia, headaches and stress. Should relieve pain in muscular spasms: good for sprains. Helps respiratory complaints. Useful with menstrual problems. Clears liver and spleen, stimulates bile production, improving digestion of fats. Useful in nausea, vomiting, colic and flatulence. Handy insecticide.
Effect on skin: Promotes the growth of new cells and exerts a balancing action on sebum, thus useful for most skin conditions. Excellent for burns and sunburn. Useful for skin inflammation.
Caution: helps regulate menstrual flow, so do not use during pregnancy. May cause drowsiness for those with low blood pressure.
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Do not apply undiluted essential oils to your skin. Use a carrier oil or solvent to dilute first.
Do not drip undiluted essential oils into eyes as this will cause a chemical burn and may result in temporary blindness. Diluted essential oils may be used close to the eyes. More here.
Undiluted essential oils should not be dripped into the ears, but diluted essential oils may be placed on a cotton wad for partial insertion.
Keep essential oils in a place where young children cannot reach them, and never let them handle essential oils bottles.
If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in any doubt about any condition you may have, you are advised to seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using pure essential oils.
For a full list of safety guidelines and more in depth information please visit the Tisserand Institute website.