Lavender Essential Oil, Wild
Exquisite, ethical, magical...this gorgeous lavender essential oil is distilled from hand-harvested flowers of wild lavender that grow at 5600 feet in the mountains of Caussols. This essential oil is truly rare, with a yield of only about 10 liters of oil per year, and is part of a project to save these wild plants, which are becoming endangered.
About Wild Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is the world’s best-selling essential oil and should be a staple in every family’s home. Lavender oil's cooling, relaxing and uplifting effects have been cherished throughout the world for hundreds of years.
It gives luster to the skin, balance to the body and happiness to the mind. For today’s fast-paced modern lifestyle, lavender oil is one of our greatest treasures. A quick drop on the hands with a deep inhalation can help to relax the worried or agitated mind.
If you have children, lavender oil is a must. Use it in your home diffuser while the kids are playing or place a drop in their hands for direct palm inhalation before they leave the house for school. Our diffusers make the perfect nightlight for your child’s bedroom. Diffuse the beautiful fragrance of this high-quality lavender oil while they rest through the night.
You will be hard-pressed to find an oil that has put more smiles on more people’s faces than lavender!
Lavender oil is revered in folk traditions throughout the world for its profound ability to cool an overheated body. When used regularly, it cools feelings of anger, agitation and insecurity.
How to Use Wild Lavender Essential Oil
Perhaps the easiest way to use lavender oil is through simple, direct palm inhalation.
- Place a drop of this deeply soothing oil in the palm of your hand, gently rub your palms together, bring them towards your face and take a deep inhalation...the benefits of lavender are immediate and obvious! To our knowledge, no one has ever complained about the fragrance of lavender. It is universally loved and almost always appreciated.
- Diffuse it in your home to help you relax and to refresh the whole family. When you have guests over, their first comments are likely to be compliments on the fragrance of your home.
Other Ways to Use Wild Lavender Essential Oil
- Apply a drop to support skin health, including the soothing of insect bites.
- Add several drops and apply as a cold compress to soothe any specific area of the body.
- At nighttime, place two drops on a cotton ball and tuck under pillowcase before bed for an incredible night's rest.
- Add several drops to bath water to relax at the end of a long day.
- Blend lavender oil with any massage oil to uplift mood, and ease head and shoulder tension.
Wild Lavender Essential Oil Recipes
- Deep Rest: 4 drops lavender, 2 drops chamomile and 1 drop cedarwood. Add to a massage oil or to your diffuser.
- Feel Better Massage Blend: 4 drops bergamot, 2 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lavender and 2 drops chamomile. Add to 15 mL of jojoba oil and massage into skin.
- Gentlest Aromatic Bath (for all ages): 2 drops lavender, 2 drops chamomile. Add to warm bathwater.
- Skin Repair Blend: 4 drops lavender, 4 drops helichrysum and 2 drops rose geranium in 15 mL of aloe vera gel. May also be applied neat.
Wild Lavender Essential Oil Profile
Extremely rare and special, this lavender oil is distilled from hand-harvested flowers of high-altitude wild lavender growing in the mountains of Provence. Plants from approximately 8000 acres of land yield only ten kilograms of oil, making this a true aromatic treasure. Exquisite and refined, we are proud to offer this genuine wild lavender essential oil on a very limited basis.
Safety Considerations for Wild Lavender Essential Oil
Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do not take lavender essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Wild Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil's adaptability lends to easy, complimentary blending with most other oils, particularly floral and citrus oils. Some favorites include rose geranium oil, chamomile oil, clary sage oil and vetiver oil. Create your own relaxing lavender massage oil by blending lavender oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil.
- Perfumery Note: Middle to top
- Odor: Complex-sweet, floral-herbaceous, refreshing, with a balsamic-woody undertone
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Blends Well With: Bergamot and other citrus oils; clove, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage, pine; also palmarosa, black pepper, juniper, lemongrass, and peppermint
- Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Family: Labiatae
- Composition: 100% Pure Wild Lavender Essential Oil
- Origin: France
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Flowering tops
- Color: Clear to pale yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: 0.5% – 1.6%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)
Which Lavender Oil is Best for Me?
Floracopeia is proud to offer a large selection of the highest quality lavender oils sourced from diverse locations and distillers. All of the lavender oils can be used interchangeably as they all have very similar therapeutic functions; they can also be blended together. Here is how our lavender varieties differ:
- Lavender Bulgaria Essential Oil: A full, rich, heady and multidimensional aroma. This variety is grown organically in Bulgaria and has a stronger and more assertive scent. This variety is often used in perfumery.
- Lavender Kashmir Essential Oil: Lighter, grassy and herbaceous, with a subtle sweetness. This Lavender is grown organically at a high altitude, in the valleys and foothills of the Himalayas. It has a sweet, lush, herbaceous bouquet. Due to the rich air and glacial waters where the lavender is grown, this essential oil is high in Linalool. Linalool is a compound that contributes soothing and relaxing qualities.
- Wild Lavender Essential Oil: A unique variety that blends spice notes and pungency for a more complex and intense aroma. This special oil come from plants that are hand harvested from lavender that grows wild, high up in the mountains of Provence. 8000 acres are harvested to produce 10 kilos of oil.
Ayurvedic Wisdom for Wild Lavender Essential Oil
According to the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, Lavender essential oil decreases all problems caused by Vata, Pitta & Kapha (the biological forces of wind, fire and phlegm). Therefore, by balancing ‘wind’, lavender oil will assist in slowing down the overly active mind and will support tranquility and peacefulness. By balancing ‘fire’, lavender oil will decrease the excess heat in the body and mind and will support clarity in the mind and brightness of presence. By balancing ‘phlegm’, lavender oil helps to lighten tendencies of sluggishness, complacency and melancholy. It's mood uplifting and supports heightened energy.
Interesting Wild Lavender Essential Oil Information
Extremely rare and exceptional, this Wild Lavender Essential Oil is harvested each year by hand at 5600 feet altitude in the mountains of Caussols, a commune in southeastern France. Plants from approximately 8000 acres of land yield only ten kilograms of oil, making this a true botanical rarity. Genetically, this wild lavender is considered the "Mother" of all lavenders. Exquisite and refined, it’s truly a potent, magical oil.
The wild lavender is all different colors, because of its genetic diversity. The reason that lavender farms are all the same color is because the plants are from the same sterile genetic material, and there is no natural selection. The high altitude wild lavender is now becoming endangered for a variety of reasons, including invasive plants, overgrowth of the forest and a type of butterfly whose larvae eat the young shoots. The distiller is replanting five hectares a year. This is extremely laborious, because the plants have to be germinated in his greenhouse, transported on foot to the remote areas in the mountains, planted in the stony soil on the steep slopes, and done just before rains so the plants don't die.
Modern aromatherapy as we know it owes its success in large part to the lavender plant. Though plants and essential oils have been used therapeutically for millennia, the term "aromatherapy" was not coined until 1937 by French chemist and perfumer, Rene Maurice Gattefosse. After burning himself badly in his laboratory, Gattefosse instinctively plunged his burned hand into the first available liquid compound, which happened to be lavender essential oil. According to Gattefosse, it not only immediately eased his pain but also helped heal his hand without any sign of infection or scar. Gattefosse was not a believer in the natural health movement per se, but this experience caused him to be interested in the therapeutic properties of essential oils.
It is commonly believed that the word lavender comes from the Latin word "lavare", meaning “to wash”, because the Romans routinely used lavender in perfumed oils for bathing. In The Story of Lavender, however, author Sally Festing states that the word lavender most certainly did not come from "lavare", but from "livendula", which is Latin for “livid” or “bluish”.
Thought to have been originally cultivated in Arabia, lavender may have been carried by Greek traders to the islands off the southern coast of France as early as 600 BC. Lavender’s native range now extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, southern Europe and the Mediterranean and into certain regions of the Middle East and India. Though native to the Mediterranean region, it is now cultivated on every continent. True lavender grows at high altitudes above 2000 ft.
Beginning with ancient Persians, lavender has been used in many cultures in bathing rituals for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks used the herb to treat throat infections and to ease constipation. European herbalists employed it in hydrosol form as a head lice treatment. Lavender was grown in European herb gardens in the Middle Ages, and was said to "comfort the stomach and the soul". The herb was also used in mummification processes in ancient Egypt, and was found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. A favorite for strewing on the floor as it releases a wonderful aroma when crushed underfoot, lavender is often used these days in toilet water, as an insecticide or in sachets to be placed amongst linens.
Lavender is the most popular, and therefore the most adulterated, of all essential oils. It is estimated that 90% of all products labeled “lavender essential oil” are either derived from another species such as lavandin, or are diluted, or are outright synthetic fabrications.
- Latin Name:
- Lavandula angustifolia
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