Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia.
Lavender oil is extracted from the freshly cut tops of the plant that is harvested in July and August. It is harvested during the hottest time of the day because the essential oil content is at the highest. It is grown mainly in Utah, Idaho and France. Lavender is one of the most widely used oils because it has so many usages and it is safe for children as well. Lavender can be applied directly to the skin (neat).

Lavender oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, analgesic, and detoxifier. As an inhalant, it is calming, relaxing and balancing emotionally. It has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity. It reduces mental stress and increases alertness. It is the perfect oil to use for any skin ailment. Lavender is wonderful for nervous tension, pre-menstrual issues and insomnia. It is also an adaptogen, which adapts to your own body needs, so it may also assist with energizing you.
Blends well with: bergamot, orange, lemon, tangerine, geranium, roman chamomile, clary sage, pine, neroli, rose, and neroli.

Insect Repellent
4 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Rosemary
4 drops Tea Tree
Add 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and 4 teaspoons water in a bottle. Shake before applying directly to skin.
Add to 5 teaspoons jojoba oil. Rub onto skin, especially the pulse points on neck, wrists and ankles.

Apres-Soleil Oil
5 drops Chamomile
2 drops Geranium
10 drops Lavender
2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
2 ounces Apricot Kernel Oil
Mix all ingredients together and gently rub onto sunburned parts.
One Tablespoon of this mixture may be added to a bath.

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