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The Romans traditionally used Lavender in the preparation for childbirth? The midwife would trace a cross with the dried crushed leaves over hot coals so that the room would fill with its fragrance. They also added lavender to their bath water to relieve fatigue and stiff joints.
Lavender is one of the most versatile and safest essential oils around. In fact, it can be used for so many different conditions, that we often need to make sure that we don’t end up using it to much. A number of aromatherapists I know have become sensitized to Lavender essential oil. It is not surprising that through overuse, or overexposure, an essential oil as safe as Lavender could have this effect on some people. After all the body can develop a sensitivity to anything, especially when it is used in large quantities, and sometimes at high concentration amounts.
In his Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky says Lavender has the theme of balancing. It has the ability to restore equilibrium. Because of its harmonizing properties, Lavender is an oil that seems to make its way into most people’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing Personal Blends.
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Latin Binomial: (Lavandula angustifolia)
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Essential Oil: A clear to yellow essential oil.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part Used: Flowering tops.
Yield: 1- 2%
Aroma: Light, floral, soft mellow.
Odour intensity: Medium
Perfume Note: Middle
Blends well with: most other oils, especially citrus, florals, cedarwood, clove, clary sage, pine, geranium, vetiver and patchouli.
Cautions: Non-toxic and non-irritating on the skin it can be safely used with babies and children. It is suggested that it be avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy
Lavender has analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrizant, deodorant, detoxifying, diuretic, emmenagogue, insecticide, nervine, parasiticide, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, sudorific, vermifuge and vulnerary properties.
Soothing grief Lavender promotes compassion, as well as calming, comforting and stabilizing emotions of the heart. It brings peace and shows us the balance point in every moment as well as helping one to release whatever is interfering with the present.
- Chakra: Heart
- TCM Meridian: Lung, Liver, Circulation, Heart, Stomach, Triple Warmer, Gall Bladder and Small Intestine.
- Ayurveda Doscha: Balances Pitta, decreases Kapha, with no effect on Vata.
- Animal Connection: Bear
- Color: Violet
- Numerology: Lavender 7, Lavandula angustifolia 7
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