The Hidden Magic of Organic Greek Lavender.
Greek Lavandula angustifolia is one of 75 different species of Lavender hailing from all around the world. This sweet, dreamy essential oil is one of the gentlest and most commonly used essential oils in aromatherapy when used correctly, and has many benefits. One of the most common is the ability to reduce stress and combat feelings of anxiety. Due to the conditions its grown under, Lavandula angustifolia has the highest concentration of Linalyl acetate, a chemical responsible for the oils infamous relaxing powers and signature scent. This chemical also sets Lavender apart from its family due to its ability to relax a person without making them tired. (Peana et al.2002)
Along with Linalyl acetate, Greek Lavender also possesses high levels of linalool, which plays a big role in reducing physical pain and encouraging the healing process. (Kim et al, Ou et al. 2007) Greek Lavender's advanced soothing and healing qualities go back thousands of years, and is most notably used by the ancient Greeks to treat illnesses like insomnia and back pain. Lavandula angustifolia is also great for use on children due to its low count of 1-8cineole, an oxide that makes types like spike Lavender off limits.
Though other variations may offer similar benefits, Greek Lavender is a more potent and versatile form of this aromatic, violet flower that makes it a must-have for everyday life.
Here are a few ideas to get you loving Lavender:
- Add 7 drops diluted in 1 ounce of a carrier oil or lotion to soothe cramps and sore muscles.
- Add 6 drops to one ounce of aloe vera gel to treat bites, cuts, scrapes, and sunburn.
- Add 7 drops to an in-home diffuser to infuse the room with an air of calm
- Smell directly from the bottle to kick nausea and headaches.
- For ages 5 and above, add 5-6 drops of Lavender to 1 ounce of a carrier oil to nourish the skin and combat dryness and irritation.
- Refer to our dilution chart for ratios to safely use your new favorite essential oil.
While Lavender is a superpower on its own, it can work wonders boosted by the synergy of other oils, such as:
Along with its aid in the therapeutic aspects of life, Lavandula angustifolia is also great for nourishing the skin. Known famously as a beauty oil, Greek lavender’s chemical profile makes it ideal for treating skin conditions and adding moisture ( Altaei 2012). This form of Lavender oil is also ideal for use as a deodorant, due to its high evaporation rate and bacteria busting properties.
In short, Lavandula angustifolia is a fragrant, versatile oil that can lend a helping hand in many situations. From skin conditions to diffuser blends, this oil is a great way to add a sense of tranquility and healing to your space. Our hope is that you have come out of this knowing a bit more about the potential this beautiful oil holds, and encourages you to test out the recipes and ideas above to safely enjoy all that Lavender has to offer.