We have a lot of essential oils in our Edens Garden library and because so many of them are overflowing with benefits, distinguishing between oils can get a little tricky.
The thing to remember about French Lavender, as opposed to our main Lavender and Spike Lavender, is that it possesses a higher ester content because it’s cultivated at a very high altitude. French Lavender also has it’s own unique aroma full of floral, sweet and winsome notes.
For thousands of years, the Lavender plant has been used by a variety of cultures to help an array of health and emotional issues. When King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1923, archaeologist found Lavender inside. It was also used during Egyptian mummification process.
Lavender is of the highest quality and aroma when it is cultivated at a high altitude. During the steam distillation process, the Lavender is kept at a high altitude because the temperatures can remain low. The lower the steam’s temperature, the finer the essential oil will be. Edens Garden goes to great lengths to ensure that all of our Lavenders are of high quality so that we can deliver the very best to you.
Not sure which Lavender is right for you? Check out our blog on the differences here!
Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Type: French Fine High Altitude
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Flowers
Note: Middle - Top
Blends Well With: Geranium, and other florals
Aroma: Flowery, sweet, clean, rounded, and slightly-herbaceous
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 4 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Due to Lavender’s versatility, it has several common uses. Some of the most common are 1.) Promoting sleep when diffused. 2.) Enhancing the appearance of skin when diluted and applied topically. 3.) Reducing stress and anxiety when diffused. 4.) Alleviating inflammation 5.) Soothing headaches. 6.) Healing insect bites. 7.) Reducing the appearance of hair loss.
- Cockroaches do not like Lavender oil – in fact, Lavender oil may repel them. Studies have shown that certain essential oils repel cockroaches, such as Rosemary, Oregano, Yarrow, Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil. Lavender oil contains similar natural constituents to these essential oils and therefore may also be able to repel cockroaches, especially when paired with other repellent oils such as these. Try combining 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Oregano and 10 drops Rosemary- Moroccan with 2 tablespoons of grain alcohol in a 2 oz glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 2 tablespoons of distilled water and shake to combine. Spray around doors, underneath furniture and appliances or wherever cockroaches have been spotted.
- Lavender oil is not toxic to dogs if following proper essential oil safety guidelines. For example, do not apply essential oils topically to your dog unless advised by an animal aromatherapist. Only diffuse in a large room where your dog is able to leave if desired and ensure that there is adequate ventilation. If you notice any adverse reaction, discontinue use of Lavender oil around your dog. Lastly, don’t use Lavender oil around puppies, pregnant dogs or dogs with health conditions unless you’ve consulted with an animal aromatherapist.
- Lavender oil and Lavender essential oil are synonymous. In aromatherapy, Lavender oil or Lavender essential oil is the product of lavender flowers being steam distilled to produce a concentrated oil. Lavender essential oil is used for a variety of purposes such as to promote sleep, reduce stress, boost skincare and to create an aromatic atmosphere. To ensure you are purchasing a true Lavender essential oil, there are a few things you can do. Check that the botanical name is included on the bottle (Lavandula angustifolia), confirm with the manufacturer that the oil is 100% pure and undiluted and also that they have a GC/MS report available on the oil to further verify its contents and purity.
- Lavender essential oil offers a wide range of benefits towards skin, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To use Lavender for wrinkles, we suggest creating a combination of 6 drops of Lavender oil and 2 tablespoons of a skin nourishing carrier oil such as Rosehip. Apply your oil serum to your face day and night as the last step in your skincare routine or prior to applying sunblock. Alternatively, use an essential oil blend for mature skin such as Age Defy which includes Lavender oil along with other essentials for wrinkles.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
RELAXING BATH: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 10 drops of Lavender (French), 5 drops of Clary Sage and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake well to blend and add 1-2 teaspoons to a full tub. Relax and enjoy. (1.7% dilution)
BODY BUTTER: Melt: one ounce each Cocoa butter and Jojoba oil over low heat. Add 8 drops of Lavender (French), 5 drops of Tangerine, 2 drops of Patchouli and 5 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin. Blend together; it will thicken as it cools. Apply to dry skin or cracked feet. (1.7% dilution)
SOOTHING SHAMPOO: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Lavender (French) and 2 drops of Tea Tree. Massage well into the scalp; rinse well before using conditioner.
FIRST AID: In a 1 ounce squeeze bottle add: 5 drops of Lavender (French), 2 drops of Helichrysum, 3 drops of Copaiba and 1 ounce aloe vera gel. Apply 2-3 times a day or as needed to assist the body's natural process of healing. (2% dilution)
RELEASE: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Lavender (French), 5 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of Sweet Orange. Or add 5-6 drops of Lavender (French) to your aroma diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
CALM: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 7 drops of Lavender (French), 3 drops of Vetiver and 5 drops of Blood Orange. Or add 5-6 drops of Lavender (French) to your aroma diffuser and diffuse for 15-30 minutes before bedtime to encourage relaxation.
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