Organic French Lavender Buds are bold, spicy vibrant color and grown in Provence, France. They are excellent for crafts and projects. Use in wedding toss, sachets for scenting a room and/or your vehicle. We also use them in our Herbal Salve for their healing ability.
We carry Organic French Lavender Buds, 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil and 100% Pure French Lavender Essential Oil for all your personal, health and craft needs. Essential Oils are available in 5ml, 15ml and 1 fluid ounce.
Difference between Lavender and French Lavender?
All our essential oils are steam-distilled and do NOT come from China which is known for using hexane extraction. Hexane is a solvent with significant constituents of gasoline
Lavender is one of the gentlest, most versatile and widely used oils in aromatherapy. This oil is often employed for its anti-inflammatory, calming, headache relieving, immune supporting, sedative, and skin healing properties. It is widely sought and used in perfumery.
French Lavender is the fraternal twin of Lavender Bulgarian, in that, they share many of the same therapeutic benefits, but differ in ways that make them uniquely different. It is aggressive in treating inflammation, zapping bacteria, and relieving pain. We chose French Lavender over Lavender for our Herbal Salve for cuts, scrapes, and local pain. Its aroma is also more intense, with balsamic undertones.
Lavender is naturally calming, soothing and relaxing which is why it is excellent for trying to sleep. Reduces anxiety and emotional stress; heals burns and wounds; improves sleep; restores skin complexion and reduces acne; slows aging with powerful antioxidants; improves eczema and psoriasis; alleviates headaches.
Here are some other uses:
Calming - inhaling before travel for use in crowded areas like planes or subways or other crowded events to help with anxiety. I also use a piece of terra cotta I picked up at a home improvement store, tied string around it and hang from my rear-view mirror for rush hour traffic.
Sleep aid/mild Insomnia – mix several drops with witch hazel or 90%+ alcohol in a Spray Bottle and spritz as a room freshener, I have a towel over headboard and spritz for calming before we sleep. Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine showed immediate improvements on 5 men and 5 women who struggled with insomnia.
Bee sting / Insect bite – why we use in our Herbal Salve
Minor burn – why we use in our Herbal Salve
Cuts – why we use in our Herbal Salve
Hay fever - inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever
Dandruff – use several drops in shampoo before immediate use to help eliminate dandruff
Side Effects to Consider
For most people, using lavender essential oil is completely safe, however there has not been an extensive amount of scientific research done on lavender essential oil interactions with other medications, or for its use in pregnant women, and some people have allergies to Lavender.
If you are already taking any prescription medication for sleep related disorders or for depression, be cautious of the fact that lavender can increase the effectiveness of these medications. Even if you use an over-the-counter sleep aid or any type of sedatives (even cough or flu medicine), keep in mind that lavender makes many people sleepy and even somewhat drowsy, so it’s best to not combine lavender oil with other medications or sleep-related supplements. If you are planning on having surgery or undergoing anesthesia in the near future, you will also want to avoid using lavender essential oil.
Pregnant Women and Children
There has not been enough research done at this time to show that lavender essential oil is completely safe for pregnant women or women who are nursing. Because it can have a relaxing effect on muscles and can also effect hormone levels, it’s not recommended that women who are in their third trimester use lavender essential oil. It is always recommended to speak with your doctor about the use of any essential oils when pregnant; your and your baby’s health are paramount.
Lavender essential oil is generally considered safe for children to use, although there is some concern that lavender’s effect on hormone levels could be harmful for boys who have not yet gone through puberty. Although there isn’t strong evidence for lavender being a hormone disrupter, parents should speak with their doctor and use caution if using lavender essential oil frequently on young children.
Ingesting Lavender Essential Oil
Studies to date have primarily looked at the effects of using lavender oil topically or inhalation. There have been no negative symptoms found when 2-3 drops of essential oil is mixed with a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin, however no research has formally been done on the effect of digestive acids and essential oils.
Most people experience no negative symptoms when consuming lavender essential oil, but because of its high levels of anti-oxidants it is best to keep this to a minimum and be careful with sensitive digestive systems. There are no known food interactions of lavender essential oil at this time.
Some Recipes for the DIY-er
1 cup Carrier Oil
3-5 drops Essential Oil
I use a glass jar and pour in carrier oil then drop in essential oil. Close lid. Shake several times a day for a week. I do sniff each morning to see if I like the fragrance. I then pour into a squeeze bottle and massage on neck, shoulders and back before bed. The lavender gives such a calming effect.
Quickie Sugar/Salt Scrub
1 cup coarse sea salt, kosher salt or turbinado sugar
1/2 cup liquid coconut oil or oil of your choice, YES you can use EVOO!
5 to 7 drops of essential oil of your choice
8-10 oz glass jar or thick plastic container (like an old wide-mouth jelly jar)
Pour 1 cup of salt into the empty glass container. Pour 1/2 cup of oil over the salt/sugar. Add essential oil. Add 5 to 7 drops of essential oil to mixture.
Stir the mixture. Stir all ingredients until well combined. Voilà!
Ingrown Hair Scrub
Even if you regularly SHAVE your armpits, they can end up looking dark due to the accumulated residue from perspiration and deodorant or anti-antiperspirant. Regular exfoliation is necessary to rid the residue and keep the area clean, and may help remove ingrown hair.
Don’t forget to pay special attention to your elbows and knees and feet and heels.
Basic Bath Bomb Recipe
1 Cup Baking Soda**
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup Citric Acid
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons Essential Oil
3 teaspoons Carrier oil)
Large Mixing bowl
Small mixing bowl
Mica or food coloring
Mold (Use an ice cube tray or cupcake trays with cups)
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl then mix wet ingredients. When adding mica during the dry stage, sprinkle a little at a time to get the color you want. Food coloring is liquid and I find it activates the bomb while mixing.
With bowls in front of you, get molds ready. I use ice cube molds. I sprinkle lavender buds first to prepare the mold. You don’t have to use anything.
Put on your gloves; with your hands gently mix dry ingredients. Slowly add 1 teaspoon of wet and keep mixing. You keep mixing until all wet ingredients have been incorporated and the mixture is of wet sand.
Now start packing your molds. Work quickly so it doesn’t dry out. Let molds sit out for 3-5 days. Carefully turn out over a lined cookie sheet. Let dry for several more day to harden.
Store them in an airtight container. I use a lovely flip top jar. Use 1 bath bomb per bath or to your choice.
**Can sub 1/4c Baking Soda with Powdered Milk (Cow or Goat) for a silky enriching bath.