Saturday, 8 August 2015

Our Fragrance Discussion for Today: Dissecting Lavender

Lavender is famous as an essential oil, potent herb and fragrance. Used as an ingredient in perfumes for centuries, lavender has an interesting bit of history, used by the Romans as a part of their warm bath sessions. The true or actual lavender plant that made this fragrance popular is the Lavandula officinalis—native to the southern parts of Europe. The lavender shrub can become rather dense. Essential oils extracted from the plant are used in colognes and cosmetics. Some global brands, like Yardley of England, have gained popularity due to the use of lavender fragrance.

Evolution of Lavender Oil

As perfume-making artistry gained momentum, different versions of lavender emerged. This includes some inferior essential oils and some that were almost as strong as the Lavandula variety. Today, skincare and cosmetic companies have developed various platforms for incorporating lavender. When used in its purest form, lavender is known to have significant therapeutic and emotional benefits. It adds an aura of freshness to the entire composition when used one of the many ingredients.

Know Types of Lavender Essential Oils

Spike Lavender is regarded as the less precious type of lavender. Its essential oil is cheaper than the variety recommended by traditional perfume-makers like Mukhallat and those who value true fragrances.  Some people believe that lavender has a feminine aura. This is perhaps because during the initial days of its usage, it was commonly worn by women. However, men too have started associating lavender with some masculinity. It is among the earliest fragrances to have appealed to both men and women. 

Decoding the Lavender Fragrance

Lavender is among the more adored of classical fragrances. It is somewhat tangible, easy to differentiate from other scents. With its therapeutic and fragrant properties, it makes for a complete essential oil, boasting of every feature you can expect from volatile fragrant oils. For many, lavender is also the easiest of fragrances to understand. It does not have too many passive notes. Associated with feeling of freshness, cleanliness, and general well-being, it works wonderfully well as an everyday essential oil. We have found many personal accounts of how lavender has worked magic as a part of aromatherapy ingredients.

Lavender Use in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is about alleviating stress and letting the mind relax, which in turn helps the muscles to unwind too. Lavender works beautifully in this regard provided you are using properly extracted oils from actual lavender plants and not the chemical compounds. The fragrance of lavender is somewhat sweet, not too floral but it does have that typical outdoorsy note. We recommend using Lavender essential oil extracted via steam distillation from Lavender flowers. Benefits include relief from insomnia and boosting immunity.

Discussing Usage of Lavender Oil

There are many ways of applying lavender essential oil. Rubbing it strongly is not the best approach. You can inhale the sweet fragrance if you are looking for an easy way to calm your nerves. In fact, the psychological affects of lavender fragrance are so pronounced that alternative or herbal medicine recommends it for getting relief from headaches and anxiety. Very invigorating, lavender is also used is making room fresheners. The aromatic fragrance of the Lavender Aromatherapy oil has long been associated with purity since the Victorian times and the ancient Romans even used Lavender flower in their public baths.

Making Lavender Oil a Part of Your Daily Regimen

Lavender aromatherapy oil is often used via a diffuser. The idea is to allow the fragrance to slowly infiltrate the air rather than overwhelm the senses with a strong scent. A good diffuser should be able to break down pure Lavender essential oils to the extent of a mist. The fine mist-like lavender oil penetrates the air. You don't need heating to attain this effect—this also ensures that healing, more beneficial ingredients of lavender oil are not lost. Also, direct inhalation might prove to be too strong for some folks. First-time users suffering from exhaustion or nervous disorders should try using diffusers whether at home or the workplace.

Watch this space, as we will soon publish a follow-up to this discussion to talk more about Lavender Oil and Lavender Fragrance…

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