Lavender essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering tops of the Lavandula plant in the mint family. It has a floral, sweet, herbaceous aroma that is emotionally and spiritually uplifting.
During medieval times, it was used both for chastity and as an aphrodisiac. In France, lavender is often used to treat skin disorders, hair loss, herpes, indigestion, and headaches; to repel insects; for mental clarity; and to treat nausea.
It has antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties, which make it useful in treating a variety of infections and ailments. Common uses for lavender include acne, inflammation, postpartum depression, itching, sunburn, and wounds.
Lavender can be used topically and aromatically; but use with caution orally, as it has not been designated as GRAS by the FDA.
See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about lavender essential oil and many other pure essential oils.
Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 88–89.