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Lavender Essential Oil History

Lavender essential oil, a history of dipping and bathing, dates back to the time of the Romans. Because of the compelling and luminous fragrance of lavender essential oil Lavendar essential oil has been added to baths. The source of the word Lavender is the latin word “Lavere” which means to wash, to bathe.

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Lavender essential oils have been used in a variety of ways over the centuries. Use of the lavender flower has been extracted into lavender essential oils, added to distilled water as well as mixed with alcohol solutions (called a tincture) During Elizabethan times, the lavender essential oil was rubbed into oak furniture to provide a glossy finish. Essential oils have been used for centuries to lubricate the skin, clean and disinfect air, and to repel insects.

A startling accident created the new discipline of aromatherapy. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist in the 1930’s, burned himself severely. He dunked his hand into the closest available fluid which happened to be a vat of lavender essential oil. As the hours passed after his accident, the pain and redness vanished. This began his study of lavender essential oils, then other oils, some of which helped skin disorders. Thus started aromatherapy which was explored by other French scientists who were following his experimentation.

Some say that lavender essential oils can be used to repel moths, fleas, silverfish and flies. One source suggests using rolled up towels doused in lavender essential oil to vanquish mice and other rodents. How lovely that insect repellent has such a yummy smell!

Used in creams and lotions, lavender essential oil (sold Here) improves circulation and brings color to the skin. According to a number of sources, lavender essential oil has been used with great success to treat skin disorders. Commercial perfume companies use lavender essential oil as a basic ingredient for many fragrances.

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