Have you ever squeezed a fresh lavender flower and noticed the aroma left on your hands? That is basically an essential oil! Essential oils can have a wide range of therapeutic benefits and value. Our sense of smell is the only one of our senses linked directly to the emotional control centers of our brain. This means that what we smell can have a direct impact on our emotions! Open up a bottle and inhale deeply. Notice how you respond. Do you like the smell? How does it make you feel? Lavender’s floral and herbaceous aroma can be very calming and soothing.
Some would say that lavender is their favorite oil and many connect lavender with rest, and for good reason! Lavender is rich in linalool and linalyl acetate -- compounds that have been studied for their calming and relaxing effects. It is a must-have in any essential oil sleep blend.
Facts About Lavender
The name lavender comes from the Latin verb “lavare,” which means to wash.
Lavender comes from the same family as mint.
Most lavender plants are blue or purple, but there are some varieties that come in pink and yellow.
DIY recipes that use lavender essential oil
LAVENDER FOOT RUB
- 1 tsp carrier oil of choice
- 3 drops lavender
Place ingredients in a small bowl and massage into feet and back of neck before bed.
LAVENDER PILLOW SPRAY
Watch our Ellia AromaLab video to learn how to make your own room and pillow spray using Ellia Lavender Essential Oil.