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Lavandula angustifolia L.
True lavender, English lavender
Flowering tops, leaves and stems
Lavender is a strongly aromatic shrub growing as high as 1 to 2 metres tall. The leaves are evergreen, and the flowers are pinkish-purple (lavender-coloured), produced on spikes. Native to the Mediterranean, lavender has a soothing floral aroma that is often added to perfumes, massage oils, and facial care products.
Derived from the Latin word ‘lavare’ which means ‘to wash’, lavender essential oil has been used extensively since ancient times. Egyptians and Romans used lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Lavender incense was burned to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers
The lavender essential oil is traditionally believed to have sedative, carminative, anti-depressive, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as a herbal medicine to relieve stress and anxiety. Moreover, lavender essential oil has strong antimicrobial properties against a variety of microorganisms.
Goya Botanicals Lavender Essential Oil is obtained by unpressurised steam distillation of the flowering tops, leaves and stems of lavender that is cultivated in high altitude plains of south-west Turkey. Linalool and linalyl acetate content of Goya Botanicals Lavender Essential Oil is over 58% and it only contains 0.25% camphor
Uses & Benefits
Lavender essential oil is popular as a complementary medicine on its own and as an additive to many other complementary medicines and cosmetic products. In essential oil practices, lavender is a multipurpose oil. It is reported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects(1).
In modern aromatherapy, lavender essential oil distinguishes with its healing effects against anxiety and insomnia. Breathing in the scent of lavender both lessened anxiety and improved mood(2).
Researchers found that aromatherapy sessions with lavender essential oil helped to alleviate depression and to lower anxiety levels(3). In addition dietary supplements containing lavender essential oil may have some therapeutic effects on patients struggling with anxiety and/or stress(4).
Several studies have shown that lavender essential oil may help to promote sleep and to fight insomnia. Inhaling lavender at bedtime improved daytime energy and vibrancy(5). Moreover lavender aromatherapy was found to improve sleep onset, quality, and duration in an elderly population(6).
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References & Disclaimer
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Lehrner J, Marwinski G, Lehr S, Johren P, Deecke L. Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improve mood in a dental office. Physiol Behav. 2005;86(1-2):92-95.
Conrad P, Adams C. The effects of clinical aromatherapy for anxiety and depression in the high-risk postpartum woman — a pilot study. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012;18(3):164-168.
Perry R, Terry R, Watson LK, Ernst E. Is lavender an anxiolytic drug? A systematic review of randomised clinical trials. Phytomedicine. 2012;19(8-9):825-835.
Smith Lillehei A, Halcón LL, Savik K, Reis R. Effect of Inhaled Lavender and Sleep Hygiene on Self-Reported Sleep Issues: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2015;21(7):430-438.
Faydalı S, Çetinkaya F. The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home. Holist Nurs Pract. 2018;32(1):8-16.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, powerful herbal liquids that might have strong chemical and biological effects. The statement above is for information purposes only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. Goya Botanicals shall not be responsible for any harm resulting from the use of or reliance upon this information.