Relaxing, Luxurious… Lavender!

doTERRA Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil
Lavandula angustifolia

Our most popular oil, lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities.

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Its name, Lavender is derived from the Latin word, lavandārius, which comes from lavanda meaning “things to be washed.” The Romans added Lavender to bath water to soothe, calm and to treat the skin, while the Greeks crushed and burned it to create a calming fragrant atmosphere. They named Lavender Nard, after the city Naardus, located on a canal between the Tigris and Euphrates River, in the Baghdad, Iraq area. As a hub for Jewish study, the bible records the use nard in the Gospel of Mark, calling it Spikenard. In the ancient Mishna a Hebrew passage refers to it as Shibolet Nard, naming it as one of the ingredients in the Holy Incense.

Properties: Anticoagulant, analgesic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, antihistamine, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antitumor, antitoxic, cardiotonic, sedative and regenerative.

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Application:

  • Topically – Can be applied neat directly to area of concern or reflex points.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse lavender
  • Internally – Lavender is classified as GRAS by the FDA for human consumption. Take internally when fighting hay fever or allergies. Take with food/beverage or in gel capsules.
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Aromatic Guide: Diffusing lavender promote health, love, peace and a general sense of well being.
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What makes doTERRA’s Lavender Oil Different?

Lavender is one of the most versatile and affordable of all the essential oils available on the market.  Lots of people absolutely love the smell of lavender and that it why it has been formulated as a synthetic fragrance in so many different things – including soaps, perfumes, potpourri, and even lavender scented blankets and dolls.  What people are missing out on when they buy these things are the healing and calming properties of lavender as a pure essential oil.

Grown in its native environment and harvested at the correct time lavender becomes a hugely powerful healer.  Lavender is steam distilled from its flowering tops.  The best lavender plants to use are the lavandula angustifolia.  Grown natively in northern France and Bulgaria, doTERRA combines these two oils equally to create the most powerful and potent lavender available on the market.

There are many people aware of the calming properties that lavender has to offer, but many are not aware at how quickly they can calm and they are especially not aware of calming they can actually be.  Essential oils are so powerful that they can work within minutes, and often within only seconds.

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CPTG®,Certified-Pure-Therapeutic-grade lavender oil has been highly regarded for the skin.  It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations.

The French scientist, René Gattefossé was the first to bring these benefits to the attention of the modern world.

Having burned himself in a laboratory explosion, he applied lavender oil to his burns.  Dr. Gattefossé noted such remarkable healing, that he began to study the oils for their medicinal applications, and so was born modern aromathérapie (the medicinal application of aromatic substances).

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Properties of lavender oil: Its fragrance is calming and balancing: both physically and emotionally.  It has also been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects.

Because lavender oil is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.  It has such a wide range of uses, if you’re unsure which oil to apply, try it first.

Possible Uses: It may help arthritis, anxiety, boils, asthma, bruises, bronchitis, cold sores, carbuncles, depression, convulsions, fainting, earaches, hay fever, gallstones, heart irregularity, headaches, hives, reduce high blood pressure, insect bits and stings, hysteria, influenza, infection, insect repellent, injuries, migraines, laryngitis, mouth abscess, nervous tension, reduce mucus, rheumatism, sprains, skin conditions, sunburns, sunstroke, throat infections, tuberculosis, tension, typhoid fever, wounds and whooping cough.

Apply Lavender to the bottom of your feet or on your temples and neck for a calming and relaxing sensation.

A few drops of Lavender in the palms of your hands and cupped over the nose can quickly and easily eliminate stress and anxiety.

Lavender is perfectly suited to calm the mood and entice restful sleep when used at bedtime for adults and children alike. Simply add a few drops to your bathwater, pillowcase, or diffuse in the bedroom.

Due to its soothing nature, Lavender can be applied directly to cuts, abrasions, and burns for a disinfecting and healing action.

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Lavender in the News

A recent article at Star-Telegram.com reported that, in a recent study at the Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, 14 intensive care nurses, working 12 hour shifts, rubbed essential oils on their forearms.  They were then asked to rate their stress levels.  Half were given a true lavender and clary sage essential oil, while the other half were given a placebo oil, made from almond oil.  More than half of the nurses using the lavender essential oil reported a decrease in perceived stress.  The article emphasizes the importance of using a pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil that has not been diluted or spiked with chemical fillers.

Lavender was also mentioned at Chron.com, in a reference to a study reporting that just five minutes of exposure to a mild lavender scent helps curb the release of cortisol, a stress hormone that can trigger inflammation and lead to premature aging.  Other studies are reported to demonstrate lavender’s support in fighting insomnia and working as a calming agent.  Lavender also has antiseptic properties, and can be used to calm headaches, when rubbed onto the temples.

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Lavender Testimony:

I have severe allergies.  I am horribly allergic to animals, pollen and mold.  When I moved into a house with two cats, I woke up every night with an itchy throat, itchy eyes and runny nose, and my larynx became inflamed.

After becoming frustrated with the results I had with Zyrtec, Clariten and Nasonex, I decided to turn to essential oils.  I put two drops each of peppermint, lavender and lemon in a capsule and swallowed it before bed.  That night, I slept through the night and woke up without puffy eyes!  I have been using the oils for a week and have had amazing results, without any of the side effects I had from the prescription drugs I previously used.  dōTERRA® oils are amazing!

— Adrienne M., Highland, UT

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