- 1 Benefits of lavender essential oil
- 1.1 CHARACTERISTICS OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
- 1.2 Lavender plant profile
- 1.3 Lavender fragrance profile
- 1.4 Medicinal properties of lavender essential oil
- 1.5 What are the main uses of lavender essential oil?
- 1.6 Toxicity and side effects of lavender essential oil
- 1.7 Symptoms of poisoning with lavender esential oil
- 1.8 Is external use of lavender essential oil safe?
- 1.9 Contraindications of lavender essential oil
Benefits of lavender essential oil
CHARACTERISTICS OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender plant profile
Currently, lavender is grown in abundance in several countries (UK, South of France, Tasmania, New Zealand and Bulgaria).
Fragrance of lavender oil varies according to altitude where it is grown.
High altitude oils are more sharp and with fresh aromas; low altitude are sweeter and softer.
Lavender fragrance profile
Generally soft, sweet and floral, camphor-like and a little sharp
Medicinal properties of lavender essential oil
Photo of lavender essential oil
Excellent restful for tired muscles
Healing, ideal for skin regeneration
What are the main uses of lavender essential oil?
Among the main uses, we have the following:
Toxicity and side effects of lavender essential oil
Therapeutic preparations of lavender essential oil generally have no contraindications.
The therapeutic dose consists on using from 2 to 4 drops. 2 to 3 times daily, diluted in water, other oils or sugar
Used in higher doses is toxic and can be fatal.
Symptoms of poisoning with lavender esential oil
The first manifestations are central nervous system excitation with possible hallucinations.
This state may change into a depressive phase dominated by its narcotic effects. At this stage there is and increase of heart rate and respiratory parameters.
The final effects can range from a simple headache to nausea, vomiting or other gastrointestinal problems, convulsions and death from cardiac arrest.
Doses higher than 1 g, of the essential oil produces general anesthesia.
Is external use of lavender essential oil safe?
It is advisable to carry out small tests to determine tolerability.
Never use lavender essential oil directly onto the skin. This should be diluted with water or other oils.
Contraindications of lavender essential oil
The use of essential oil is contraindicated in:
Pregnancy because it may be abortive
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