The beneficial properties of lavender are by no means a recent discovery. This plant has been used in the form of oils and ointments as early as 5000 BC. Already the ancient Egyptians were convinced of the purifying properties of lavender. They used lavender as a burial gift for the deceased and soaked shrouds with lavender essences to preserve the dead. Their knowledge about the beneficial properties was handed down to the Romans, and they took the knowledge about lavender one step further. The Romans used this essential oil to heal wounds and to soothe the body. They also discovered the beneficial properties of lavender for the psyche to help people coping with grief. However, above all, they used lavender essential oil in spas and baths for cleansing.
Did you know: The plant name still refers to its use today? The word lavender comes from the Latin word “lavare,” which means “to wash.”
Thanks to its many undeniable properties, lavender has developed over the millennia into a universal medicinal plant. However, in 2008 lavender reached the center stage of all plants when it was named the medicinal plant of the year.*
Over 200 valuable ingredients
The highly effective ingredients of lavender are found in its flowers. Depending on the type of lavender, these are present in varying concentrations. Lavender is mainly composed of linalyl acetate and linalool.
Linalyl acetate is responsible for its characteristic fragrance. It is known for its calming, balancing effect and serves as a decisive criterion in the quality evaluation of lavender essential oil. The higher the linalyl acetate content, the higher the quality of the oil. Environmental conditions such as cultivation, altitude, soil quality, and climate affect the linalyl acetate content.
Linalool has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a colorless odorant produced during the synthesis of vitamin E and has a pleasant floral smell.
Two other essential ingredients are camphor and cineole. Both ingredients are considered an expectorant, analgesic, and in combination also antispasmodic and antipyretic. — Those four components contain combined another 2000 elements, which are all considered beneficial.
While there is much written on the beneficial properties of lavender essential oil, it might be surprising to some that lavender is also used as a cleansing agent.
Indeed, lavender not only smells great but also has a lot of natural cleaning power. Because of its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antibiotic properties, lavender is excellent for various cleaning products. However, that is only true for the high-quality lavender essential oil. As a rule of the thumb, cleaning products you buy in the supermarket which claim to contain lavender essential oil might only include the fragrant lavender oil. — High-quality lavender essential oil is relatively rare due to its high demand but distinctive growing demands.
There are hundreds of different cleaning recipes available. They are not only cost-effective, but they also work well in your household, are safe for you, for animals, and the environment.
Furthermore, the lavender essential oil can be used to deter all those little creepers who only come out after you go to bed. All you need is to place a few drops of lavender essential oil with water in a flat bowl or dish on the kitchen floor, and your unwelcomed housemates will choose to live someplace else.
Did you know:
Mixing lavender essential oil in a bottle of water and spray where your cat likes to mark your house will keep it away? Cats do not like strong smells, and above all, they do not like the scent of lavender.