Essential oil lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil) is produced by steam distillation from lavender inflorescence of narrow-leaved, or (synonymous) lavender, lavender, lavender, lavender medicinal Lavandula anqustifolia Mill., Or (synonyms) Lavandula vera D.C., Lavandula offiсіnalis Chaix. (family clearing – Lamiacea).
Origin of the plant
Distribution of the plant
In a natural form, grow in the Mediterranean region, in Persia, in the south of France, the Canary Islands. As an aethereal plant cultivated in the Mediterranean countries, in the Crimea, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Morocco, England, Russia, North America, Australia.
Essential Lavender Oil properties: mobile colorless or yellow-green liquid, slightly burning bitter taste, with the smell of fresh lavender flowers with a touch of wood.
The main components of the oil: The composition of lavender oil contains about 300 different organic compounds. The main of them: linalyl acetate (35 – 55%), linalool (30-35%), terpinene-4-ol (up to 5%), lavandulyl acetate. A unique aroma of lavender oil is given not only by basic, but also by minor components, many of which have strong odor and small smell thresholds.
These include α-thujene, α-pinene, camphene, sabinene, 3-octenol, myrcene, α-phellandrene, α-terpinene, cymene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, ocimene, terpinene, terpinolene, sabinenhydrate, 1-octene -3-yl-acetate, borneol, lavandulol, α-terpineol, nerol, bornylacetate, nerylacetate, geranyl acetate, β-cariophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, coumarin, β-farnesene, germacren D, γ-cadinene.
Action: bactericidal, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, antiallergic, expectorant, antispasmodic, antisclerotic, tonic, antiseptic, antitoxic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, sedative, analgesic, choleretic, radioprotective, hypotensive, carminative, diuretic, diaphoretic, sedative, cytofilactic, deodorant.
It balances the processes in the central nervous system. Improves mood, calms, relieves overexcitation, reduces aggression, eliminates tearfulness, hysterical reactions and insomnia, causes a state of inner peace, is a strong antidepressant.
Lavender shows the properties of the adaptogen, increasing the adaptive capabilities of the organism to new climatic conditions, the change of time zones, magnetic disturbances.
The Essential Oil Lavender shows a high bactericidal activity against cocci and rod-shaped bacteria. It is an effective immunomodulator. Acting on the T-link of immunity, increases the number and functional activity of T and NK cells, increases the number of T-helpers, while reducing the number of T-suppressors.
Normalizes the functional activity of B-lymphocytes, increases the content of IgM, reduces the level of IgE. The increase in the immunological reactivity of the organism, as well as its non-specific resistance and the decrease in microbial-virus air contamination in the aromatization of premises, significantly reduces the incidence of acute respiratory infections and influenza in children’s pre-school institutions, schools and production teams.
Possessing the properties of an antioxidant, lavender normalizes the parameters of lipid peroxidation. This reduces the content of diene conjugates in the blood, which are secondary products of lipid peroxidation. Antioxidant properties help slow down the aging of cells.
Stabilizing the permeability of cell membranes and increasing their energy potential, lavender increases the viability of cells in the body. By influencing the activity of the corresponding enzymes, the oil normalizes cellular redox reactions. At the same time, lipid metabolism is normalized: the increased level of common lipids and beta-lipoproteins, which are important in the development of atherosclerosis, decreases (the coefficient of atherogenicity decreases). In experiments, the ability of the oil to “clean” blood vessels from atherogenic plaques is confirmed.
Positively affecting the condition of capillaries, oil improves blood flow to the brain and heart. Lavender tones up the heart, reduces heart rate, helps lower blood pressure.
Lavender oil has a pronounced anti-inflammatory activity, primarily due to its inhibitory effect on enzymes that oxidize lipids. This normalizes the blood formula, which reduces the number of stab neutrophils and increases the number of lymphocytes. The oil increases the activity of lung surfactant, the amount of which decreases in chronic pulmonary diseases.
Essential Oil Lavender has a normalizing effect on the hormonal status. Raising the level of corticosterone by 2 times, it helps improve attention and memory, increase the quantity and quality of the work performed and reduce the number of errors. At some pathologies raises the reduced indicators of an insulin.
It has a pronounced radioprotective effect, increasing the resistance of the organism with long-term action of low radiation doses. In this case, the reserve capabilities of bone marrow hematopoiesis increase, leukopenia, lymphopenia and erythrocytosis are removed.
Essential Oil Lavender is an effective detoxifier. It is able to form complexes with cations of lead and other heavy metals and their subsequent excretion from the body.
Regulates the menstrual cycle. Accelerates the process of childbirth, strengthening labor activity and reducing pain.
Increases gastrointestinal secretion, stimulates the secretion of bile, improves digestion. Promotes skin regeneration.
Lavender essential oil benefits
Abringing lingering pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, acute respiratory infections, influenza, pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, pharyngitis, inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, otitis media, stomatitis. Gastric and intestinal colic, dyspepsia, gastroenteritis, stomach ulcer, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, bad breath. Cystitis, urethritis, vaginitis, thrush. Premenstrual syndrome, poor and painful menstruation, leucorrhoea.
Elevated blood pressure (as an auxiliary), cardioneurosis, cardiac arrhythmias, ischemic heart disease. Lymphostasis. Lumbago, rheumatic pains, arthritis, myositis, injuries of tendons and ligaments. Migraine, headache, dizziness, adaptive reactions, decreased efficiency, old age. Leukopenia. Small radiation damage. Reduction of nonspecific resistance of the body. Secondary immunodeficiencies (decrease mainly of the T-system of immunity).
The oil has a strong effect on the emotional background and is shown in neurasthenia, stress, overexcitation, nervous tension, irritability, anger, mood swings, melancholy, hysteria, tearfulness, a state of fear, apathy, depression, manic-depressive psychoses, insomnia, desynchronosis, cardioneurosis, climacteric problems.
The oil is suitable for most types and conditions of the skin. Particularly suitable for the care of oily, aging, irritated and inflamed skin. Removes redness and peeling of the skin. Stimulates the growth of new cells and promotes scarring and rapid regeneration with various injuries (abrasions, wounds, scrapings, ulcers, sun and thermal burns).
Effective in the treatment of purulent-inflammatory skin diseases: acne, abscesses, blisters, carbuncles, acne, purulent wounds. Prevents the development of gangrene. Helps with skin problems of a neuroendocrine nature (eczema, psoriasis, dermatosis, etc.), vitiligo, fungal lesions, allergic inflammations, herpes, pediculosis. A great tool for preventing hair loss and dandruff.
A recognized insecticide against moths and other insects.
Good disinfects the air.
Lavender oil recipes
- As an antidote for snake bites: rub the bitten place with oil, the poison is neutralized immediately.
- When biting insects: the affected skin is rubbed with a mixture of lavender oil and alcohol in equal parts.
- For massage – 5 drops per 10 ml of base vegetable oil.
- In inhalers – 2-3 drops, the duration of the procedure is 5-7 minutes.
- In the aromatic lamps – 5-7 drops.
- Alcohol solution – 10 drops of oil per 10 ml of 90% ethyl alcohol.
- For the enrichment of creams, shampoos – 7 drops per 5 ml of the base.
- In bathtubs – 7-10 drops, previously mixed with an emulsifier (1 / 4-1 / 3 cup of milk, cream, whey, sea salt solution or common salt).
As a component of perfume compositions, fragrances for soap, air fresheners, deodorants, household chemicals, cosmetic products, medicinal antiseptic preparations, as well as in the distillery industry and as raw materials for the preparation of (-) – linalyl acetate and (-) – linalool.
Lavender essential oil blends well with following oils
Rosemary, patchouli, ylang-ylang, vetiver, cinnamon, cypress, pine, clove, laurel, geranium, rose, rosemary, chamomile, sage, jasmine, nutmeg, thyme, citronella, lemon, orange, bergamot, mandarin.
Side effects of lavender oil
Lavender oil is contraindicated for individual intolerance, epilepsy, anemia, in the first months of pregnancy and especially after an abortion. It can not be used concomitantly with chemotherapy of neoplastic diseases and the intake of iodine and iron-containing medications. People with low blood pressure may experience drowsiness and drowsiness.