Thank Heaven for Lavender
Thank Heaven for Lavender by Lori (Roberts) Wilson
When you think of Lavender essential oil, you probably think of fields of purple. These fields are generally from photographs you have seen. These photographs are generally ones taken in Provence, a region in southeast France along the Mediterranean Sea.
If you’re like me, you work on your fake French accent and say “proVONCE, FRONCE.” Then, if you’re like me, you think of a song. Because that’s what I do. And you already know I’m probably going to come up with one, if you’ve read my blog posts.
So, enjoy Maurice Chevalier singing “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” from the 1958 movie Gigi as you enjoy learning about Lavender … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTM40o3WgZo.
I found some interesting details about Lavender, Mailette in the winter, 2000 issue of aroma, The International Magazine for Essential Oils (and yes, they use a lowercase “a” for “aroma”). In the article Cousins and Clones:
“The vernacular term Lavender includes a number of species with very different properties. The term used in Provence for Lavande Fine, or True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or officinalis) is Lavande population. Each Lavande Fine plant is unique and has its own genetic heritage. Color, size, and fragrance vary from plant to plant, giving rise to the complexity and subtlety of the essential oil. “The techniques of cloning have led to a selection of varieties of Lavandula angustifolia with properties similar to those of Lavande population, yet with a higher yield and the ability to thrive at lower altitudes. “The two main varieties are the Maillette, a rustic and vigorous Lavandula angustifolia clone, and the Matheronne, which yields an essence almost insoluable in alcohol. In Provence it appears that cultivation of the latter is being gradually abandoned.”
The Latin name of Lavender, Mailette, the subject of this blog post, is Lavandula officinalis mailette. It is the clone of Lavandula angustifolia. To specify from the article quoted, Lavender, Mailette is a clone of True Lavender. I’m not sure why it’s spelled both Mailette and Maillette, but for this blog post we’ll go with one “l.”
In the past, neither my husband Roy, nor I, really liked the aroma of Lavender. It struck us as more harsh than floral … until we bought a bottle of Lavender, Mailette. How do you describe a scent? To us, it’s more mellow than others.
When you think of skin care, think Lavender, Mailette. It has proven to be effective on burns (I have personal experience with first- and second degree burns), including sunburns, and helps to prevent swelling and scaring (I also have personal experience because my burns left virtually no scars).
Lavender, Mailette is also the essential oil to turn to for facial issues – acne, dermatitis, inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, sores and boils. It’s helpful to relieve insect bite irritation. Some of the properties that contribute to its skin-care benefits are that Lavender, Mailette is pain relieving, antibacterial, and helps counteract germs, infection and toxins.
Need stress relief? Think Lavender, Mailette as well. It helps with headaches, migraines, abdominal cramps, insomnia, depression, premenstrual issues and hypertension.
Lavender, Mailette is also a gentle essential oil for children as young as infants, since it is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. If you could only have one essential oil, many people agree Lavender, Mailette would be the one to choose.
How do you learn the safest ways to use Lavender, Mailette essential oil? Get the book or the free e-book. Foundational Aromatherapy is the book by Leiann King and Brenda Wright and is available here www.essentialforoils.com
Nearly half of the book is offered as a free e-book, with detailed information about 46 single oils and 25 blends: http://foundationalaromatherapy.com/ebook/
The next time you see a photograph of lovely fields of lavender, pretend it’s a scratch-and-sniff picture and enjoy the aroma of your versatile bottle of Lavender, Mailette.