Lavender Oil

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Lavender oil whose botanical name is Lavendula officinalis, which is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes or certain species of lavender. Difference of them, lavender flower oil, a colorless oil, insoluble in water, having a density of 0.885 g/ml; and lavender spike oil, which is distilled from the herb Lavandula latifolia, having density 0.905 g/ml.
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils in the world due to its magical aroma and wonderful qualities widely utilized in the skin care, cosmetics, aromatherapy, flavor and medicine industries. It contains up to 40% linalyl acetate and 30% linalol. Linalol is a terpene alcohol that is non-toxic to humans, yet naturally antimicrobial. Linalyl acetate, its acetic ester, has a pleasant, sweet, fruity, aroma which along with its antimicrobial properties makes lavender unique. Lavender oil is soluble in all proportions of alcohol. There are two esters in the oil which are the primary source for the odor of lavender. Of these the principal is linalyl acetate and the second in linalyl butyrate. Various cultural practices can affect the ester value of lavender oil. These include choice of cultivar, use of soil amendments, how and when flowers are gathered (optimal when flowers are fully expanded), how quickly the harvest is distilled, and how it is distilled (steam distillation is better than water).
As follows, we will introduce the benefits of lavender oil, how to use lavender oil and the usage tips of lavender oil.
Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender oil:
  +Balances and normalizes body functions
  +Promotes tissue regeneration
  +Speeds up wound healing
  +Cleanses cuts, bruises and, skin irritations
  +Soothes and relaxes the mild and body
  +Eases bodily aches and pains

How to Use Lavender Oil:
Diffuse or inhale directly for aromatherapy. Apply topically to skin irritations, cuts, or wherever desired. Add to food or rice milk as a dietary supplement.

Usage Tips of Lavender Oil:
+Inhale lavender oil to soothe and relax the body mind.
+Drop 1-2 drops on your pillow to help relaxation and improve sleep quality.
+Add 5-12 drops in a bath gel base and use in warm bath for relaxation.
+A few drops on cuts or burns helps heal the wound (this quality lavender oil was used by medics in the field during World War 2 in France as first aid for burns and cuts.) It is known to speed up healing of the skin and avoids major scarring.
+2-6 drops added to a carrier oil such sweet almond oil for massage. This combination is often used effectively during pregnancy to avoid getting permanent stretch marks.
+A few drops on a cotton ball to refresh your linen drawers or closets
+A few drops a cloth thrown into the dryer as an antibacterial deodorizer and clothes freshener (does not stain).
+Can safely be added to Jacuzzi for a truly wonderful relaxation therapy (not oily, and will not bubble)
+Massage several drops of lavender essential oil on feet to promote relaxation.

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