Lavender Hydrosol – West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy

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Lavender Hydrosol can be utilized for pets.  Use it to assist calm an animal earlier than a go to to the vet, by spraying on a material and placing it close to the animal’s nostril.  It may also be used to wash any cuts, scrapes or wounds the animal may encounter.

 (Lavandula angustifolia)

Household: Lamiaceae

Plant Description:  Lavender is a aromatic hardy shrub, with slender leaves and grey-blue flowers.  Though the perfume might be discovered all through the plant, the important oil is simply extracted from the flowering tops.

Historical past/Folklore:  There are apparently two strategies for the origin of the identify lavender.  One being that the identify is derived from the Latin ‘lavare’ which implies to clean and the opposite that it derives from the Latin ‘lividula’ that means bluish in coloration.  Lavender was talked about by Dioscorides, Galen and Pliny.  The Romans historically used it within the preparation for childbirth.  The midwife would hint a cross with the dried crushed leaves over scorching coals in order that the room would fill with its perfume.  The Romans added lavender to their tub water to alleviate fatigue and stiff joints.  Medieval Europeans thought-about lavender to be an herb of affection.

Aroma and Style:  Lydia Bosson describes the style of this hydrosol as Provencal, a bit bitter, astringent whereas she says the aroma is flowery, honeyed, typical however nonetheless totally different from the important oil.

Stability and Shelf Life:  Quiet Secure.  Normally lasts at the very least two years.

pH: 5.6 – 5.9 (Suzanne Catty) 3.8-4.5 (Susanne Fischer-Rizzi)

Properties

Lavender hydrosol has analgesic, anticoagulant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, calming, cicatrizant, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, lipolytic, mucolytic, sedative and stimulant properties.

Makes use of

Jeanne Rose says that this hydrosol is light, balancing, cooling and good for all pores and skin sorts.  It additionally eases psychological stress, reduces psychological fatigue and is useful for jet lag.

Suzanne Catty says that in excessively dry atmospheres misting the face and neck with Lavender Hydrosol could be very efficient.  She additionally recommends spraying the pores and skin each earlier than and after shaving or hair removing to cut back irritation, get a more in-depth shave, and stop ingrown hairs. An excellent hydrosol to make use of for cleansing cuts and scrapes.  On an emotional stage it may assist calm cranky moods and produce an finish to tearful tantrums.  Like Roman Chamomile, a wonderful hydrosol to make use of with infants from delivery.

Lydia Bosson says that, together with orange blossom hydrosol, Lavender might be some of the efficient hydrosols for sleeping.  It should additionally calm agitation, remodel rigidity, steadiness nervousness and purify psychological blockages.

Energetics 

I personally discover that by their very nature, hydrosols are notably useful when used energetically.  I like to incorporate them in misters and sprays and discover that they will make a refined and efficient distinction.

In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Religious PhytoEssencing, Lavender has the theme of balancing.  Its final impact is certainly one of restoration of equilibrium.

Extra about Hydrosols

Reference

Steffen Arctander, Fragrance and Taste Supplies of Pure Origin, 1960
Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Important Oils ©1998-2018 Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Analysis, Inc.
Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols, The Subsequent Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Arts Press, 2001
Ernst Guenther, The Important Oil, Vol V, 1948 reprinted 1972
Ann Harman, Harvest to Hydrosol, IAG Botanics LLC dba botanicals, 2015
Beverley Hawkins, Important Oils and Carriers, Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201, Aromatherapy 301, 1999-2018
Bettina Malle & Helge Schmickl, The Important Oil Maker’s Handbook, Spikehorn Press, 2012, 2015
Len and Shirley Worth, Understanding Hydrolats Churchill Livingstone, 2004
Jeanne Rose, 374 Important Oils and Hydrosols, Frog Ltd, 1999
Lydia Bosson, Hydrosol Remedy, Singing Dragon, 2019
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, Das Grosse Buch der Pflanzenwässer, Atverlag, 2020