French lavender essential oil, lavandula officinalis, also referred to as lavender 40/42, is a sweet, floral, but a crisp herbal scent with a balsamic undertone. French lavender oil is the safest among essential oils and used extensively on babies and children. It is relaxing and soothing and can be helpful in reducing stress and high blood pressure. Many individuals use lavender to promote a blissful sleep and serenity. Powerful, yet mild antiseptic, it can be used directly on the skin for urgent needs such as bee stings, minor cuts and burns. Lavender oil, harvested in the lush french countryside, promotes a sense of calm and relaxation.
French lavender - lavandula officinalis - lavender stems, growing 1 or 2 feet high, are gray-green and angular, with flaking bark. The gray-green leaves are opposite, sessile, downy, and lanceolate to oblong-linear. The lilac-colored, tubular flowers are arranged in successive whorls up the stem. The fragrant lavender oil is a valuable article of commerce, much used in perfumery, and to a lesser extent in medicine. The fine aromatic smell is found in all parts of the shrub, but the essential oil is only produced from the flowers and flower-stalks by the use of steam distillation. Besides being grown commercially for the perfume industry operations, lavender is widely sold in the fresh state as 'bunched lavender,' and as 'dried lavender,' the flowers are used powdered, for sachet making and also for potpourri, etc.
Lavender oil, lavandula officinalis, blends well with most essential oils, especially citrus and florals; chamomile, clary sage, geranium, pine, rosemary and patchouli, clove, cedarwood, pine, labdanum, oakmoss, and vetiver.
Essential french lavender oil has many therapeutic uses as an analgesic, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, antimicrobal, anti- rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrizing, cordial, cytophylactic, diuretic, emmenagogue, deodorant, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, parasticide, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, and vulnerary.
Cautions - Avoid high doses during pregnancy because it is a uterine stimulant.