Fields of bright purple, summer sun warms the flowers, perfume fills the air.
Where do we get it?
Lush purchases lavender oil from a French distiller based in sunny Provence, a region in the south of the country. The aromatic oil is obtained from the flowering tops of the Lavandula angustifolia by a process called steam distillation. They use flowers from several different European countries, depending on availability (mainly France, Ukraine and Bulgaria).
What are the benefits of lavender oil for you?
- Has a beautiful floral fragrance
- Cleanses the skin with its antimicrobial properties
- Balances sebum production
- Soothes the skin and scalp
- Relaxes sore muscles
If you’re struggling with sleepless nights then lavender is also a great ally to have when trying to switch off before bed. Its flowers are filled with linalool, a substance known for its sedative effects on the nervous system, quieting the mind and promoting restful sleep.
René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist from the early 20th century, accidentally discovered lavender oil's soothing and healing properties. Legend has it that he severely burned his hands during tests in his laboratory and immediately immersed them in lavender oil (which was nearest to him at the time). His hands healed so well that he became passionate about essential oils' properties and is now recognised as the ‘father of modern aromatherapy’.