Lavender is one of the few oils that can be used "neat". (meaning it does not have to have a carrier oil). It is gentle and healing. I use it directly on bug bites and burns for quick relief. It can also be used in blends.
The Lavender plant is a woody evergreen shrub, up to 1 meter tall, with pale green, narrow linear leaves, and violet-blue flowers. The entire plant is covered with oil glands, which are in the star-shaped hairs that cover the plant. Lavender has been used since ancient times, and the Romans added lavender to their bath water, hence the name from the Latin lavare, 'to wash'. Differences in soil, altitude, and temperature, precipitation, and seasons contribute to subtle changes in the scent from one lot of Lavender to another.
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Main Constituents: Linalool: 25 - 45% Linalyl acetate: 20 - 40% Camphor: Max 0.6%