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Lavender: French Essential Oil


Like its counterpart from Bulgaria, French Lavender has a wide array of uses and therapeutic properties in aromatherapy. It’s an excellent essential oil to keep on hand for anything dealing with the mind and skin and can be quite helpful with the respiratory system.

Name of Oil:  Lavender (French)

Latin Binomial:  Lavandula angustifolia

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  France

Scent Profile: Floral, fresh, sweet, herbaceous, sometimes slightly fruity

Parts used in distillation:  Flowers

Oil Characteristics: Clear with a tinge of yellow, thin, medium intensity

Cultivation:  Certified Organic

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Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Burns, healing of the skin, pain, inflammation, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, boils, wounds, sunburn, sunstroke, muscular aches/pains, sciatica, rheumatism, arthritis, stress, sedative, stimulant, mental/emotional agitation, calms the mind, comforts feelings, alleviates fears, revives the spirit, depression, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, migraine, PMS, menstrual pain, colds, flu, bronchitis, throat infection, catarrh, asthma, insect repellent and bug bites.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Calms the spirit, relieves irritability, nervous tension, relaxing, calming and meditation.


One of the main scents used in toilet waters and potpourris, recommended throughout history as a natural antiseptic

Chemical Constituents

a-pinene, limonene, 1,8 cineole, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol,lavendulyl acetate

Safety & References

Safety Data:

Non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

Aromatherapy – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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