The Lavender plant is hugely popular, and grows throughout many countries across the continents. There are 39 species of the flowering plant, and the most common of these is named Lavandula Angustifolia. However, all species are in fact referred to as Lavender.
The chemical properties of this plant offer many well known benefits, and Lavender is extensively used in cosmetics and skin care.
Despite the many varieties of Lavender, most people assume that Lavender is Lavender – as in, much the same as always. The chemical components of the Lavender species however vary significantly, and this naturally effects the scent and power of the Lavender. It is therefore a common reaction for people to be surprised when they smell dōTERRA Lavender essential oil and find that it is much more pleasant aroma than what they thought it would be!
dōTERRA Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants which are specifically chosen from France (Provence region) and Belgium. These plants (Lavandula Angustifolia species) are grown at very high altitudes, and this results in the plants having higher ester and sesquiterpene alcohol content, thereby increasing the therapeutic benefits. These perfect, natural growing conditions cannot be replicated.
As with all dōTERRA essential oils, our Lavender essential oil is 100% pure. No fillers, chemicals, synthetics – nothing added, nothing taken away. dōTERRA is so confident with the purity of their Lavender that the Company is happy to recommend using the oil neat onto the skin.
In our home, Lavender is one of the most used essential oils. We use it for its beautiful, sweet aroma in our diffuser, and for relaxation in bath water. I often use the Lavender oil on my skin. I find that it is ultra soothing if I add a drop of Peppermint with the Lavender! In particular, after I have been out in the sun!
There are many ways to use Lavender. Applying lavender to the back of the neck and temples helps reduce muscle tension. Inhaling lavender promotes relaxation, and a restful night’s sleep. In ancient times, the Romans used Lavender for bathing and perfume!
With the popularity of the plant, there has also been a lot of research conducted. One particular case that I would like to highlight.
Research was carried out on a group of 40 infants between 2 and 6 weeks of age, with a gestational age of 38-42 weeks and normal development and growth. All infants exhibited signs of [something that newborn babies often experience – though I am not apparently permitted to say the word. Perhaps you can guess instead].
For the purpose of the research, the infants were split into two groups. One group received abdominal massage by their mothers using Lavender essential oil, where as the second group were not permitted to receive any treatment. The infants were monitored throughout the week.
*** I am not now permitted to state the conclusion of the study either. The new dōTERRA Compliance Team have specifically requested that I do not. ***