Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most used in herbal medicine for its multiple properties. It can be used in various ways, even pure, without particular contraindications.
Lavender essential oil is extracted from the homonymous plant, a small floral shrub belonging to the Lamiacee family. There are several species of lavender, each with a different officinal name, the best known being the "Lavandula Angustifolia" and the "Lavandula Offininalis". The flowers are collected in clusters, have a blue color tending to purple and a fresh and floral scent. Lavender is typical of temperate climates and coastal areas of the Mediterranean, it can grow spontaneously or cultivated for industrial use. The flowering tops are harvested only in summer and left to dry in cool, dry places. The extraction of the essential oil takes place through distillation. The parts of the flower are placed in a distillation column crossed by a stream of steam through which the essences are extracted in liquid form. The final product has a viscous consistency and is green in color, although it then undergoes various processes and becomes almost completely transparent. Its healing and beneficial properties have been known since ancient times, it was often used as an auspicious plant for some business. For the ancient Romans, the lavender essence was very useful for curing burns and as a fragrance in the spa. In more recent times it was often given to newly weds in the outfit or a flower was worn around the neck as a lucky charm.