About Lavender

Pure organic lavender is grown at the Young Living Farm in St. Maries, Idaho.  When it is in full bloom it can be  smelled half a mile away when the breeze blows across the mountain top. Steam distilled at the Young Living farm, it is, by far, the best lavender oil in the market today.


Why is Lavender called the “Universal Oil”?

Because it can help with so much, lavender has come to be known as the "universal oil”. These are just a few of the many concerns that lavender can address:  allergies, acne, beet stinfs, dandruff, dermatitis, earaches, fevers, hair loss, headaches, hives, jet lag, insomnia, nausea, nervous tension, stretch marks, sunburns, rashes…


Historical Data: Burns - Apply lavender oil to a burn and experience almost immediate relief. Also use it to cleanse & soothe cuts or scrapes.


The French scientist Rene Gattefosse was the first to discover lavender's ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory accident.


Today, lavender is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.   [Gary Young, the founder of Young Living Essential Oils, always says that if he were stranded in a desert island and could take only one oil with him, it would be Lavender.]


Lavender is a very mild oil that can often be used undiluted on the skin.  It is a good oil to use with children.


How Does Lavender Help You To Relax?
University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura et al., 2001).



What Makes Young Living Lavender Unique?

Young Living cultivates 1,700 acres farmland in Idaho and Utah.  Every phase of organic herb production is controlled to bring only the best.  Only the species of herbs that will produce the most active and widest array of contituents are selected and cultivated.  For example, the lavender grown here is an authentic Lavandula angustifolia, which yields an oil low in camphor and rich in lavendulol and lavendulol acetate, believed to be one key to the thereapeutic action of Lavender.


Please Note:  Camphor is an irritant.  Most lavender sold in the market has high camphor content and should not be used on the skin, much less an open wound or a burn.




Lavender vs. Lavandin


It is important to make sure you use true lavender that has not been adulterated and has not been distilled under low pressure and low temperature to maintain the therapeutic effects of the oil. Also, pleases keep in mind that most manufacturers are selling Lavandin and calling it Lavender.  Lavandin is a cheaper oil and is often used to extend the lavender. Lavandin is a hybrid lavender that is chemically very different from pure lavandula angustifolia. Lavandin contains high levels of camphor (12 to 18%) and will burn the skin. Imagine applying camphor to an open wound like a second or third degree burn. Ouch!!


By contrast, true lavender contains virtually no camphor and has burn-healing agents not found in Lavandin.




What About Distillation?

Distillation can determine the value of the oil, or destroy the value of the oil. 


Essential oil distilling is not just a job, but an art.  The operator of the distiller must have a full understanding of the value of oils in order to produce quality oils.  If the pressure is too high, or if the temperature is too high, it may change thee momlecular structure of the fragrance molecule, altering the chemistry constituents.  Distilling temperatures, for example, lavender, should noot exceed three pounds of presssure and should not exceed 245 degrees.


[Young Living lavender oil is distilled for three hours  vs 15 minutes in France.]



Essential oils are poorly regulated by the Food & Drug Administration.  If you are going to ingest lavender or put it directly on burns, cuts or bruises,  you must ensure that the oil you are using is pure and unadulterated.  Many of the oils in the market that are cheap to buy are cheaply made.  Even some of the more expensive ones have been known to have chemical additives.  Adulterated  oils can do more harm then good.