Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil from Bulgaria
INCI name: Lavandula angustifolia herb oil
Country of origin: Bulgaria
Production method: Steam distilled from the fresh flowers using water from the under ground lake at the base of the mountains where the flowers are grown.
Use: Lavender is by far the most versatile and useful of all the essential oils.
In the past it was generally accepted to be safe to use undiluted on your skin, but this is no longer thought to be the case by experienced professionals. Lavender oil is still a very concentrated product and even if you have had no problem using it undiluted on the skin so far, it is possible that it could cause sensitisation in the future - imagine not being able to use lavender at all?!
I recommend to use lavender oil with the same caution and respect as other essential oils and dilute when ever it's being used on the skin. This is unlikely to affect the results, (less is often more when it comes to essential oil use). This means you use less and this has a beneficial effect on the environment as well as your purse.
You can apply your blended lavender oil to specific skin problems such as spots, cuts, bites, burns and grazes. It is anti-septic so helps to protect the skin from infection, it eases pain and supports the skin to heal faster and more effectively. It helps clear tension and can therefore leave you feeling relaxed or revitalised. It has a cleansing quality that makes it useful for skin care.
Scent: Lavender has a familiar smell but it can vary quite dramatically due to quality and source. This oil is from organic lavender grown in the valley beneath the Balkan mountains in Bulgaria. It has a pleasant, sweet, fresh, floral, herby, fragrance.
Cautions: Dilute in a carrier oil before using on your skin (including in the bath).
How to use Lavender Essential Oil
Use it diluted on your skin for minor cuts, grazes, spots, bites.
To make a bath or body oil, add 4 to 10 drops in 10mls of carrier oil (e.g. almond or olive oil).
Sprinkle a drop or two onto a tissue and place under your pillow at night to support a restful sleep.