Lavendelolie (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender oil is naturally antimicrobial and soothing. It balances the skin and scalp and relaxes sore muscles. The flowers release a beautiful fragrance that quiets the mind and promotes restful sleep.
Lavandula angustifolia is a perennial, shrub-like plant that's part of the mint family. Many products are derived from this, with its oil being the most versatile. It's obtained from the flowering tops of the plants through steam distillation.
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 the properties of essential oils, and is now recognised as the ‘father of modern aromatherapy’.
If you’re struggling with sleepless nights then lavender is a great ally to have when trying to switch off before bed. Its flower is filled with linalool, a substance known for its sedative effects on the nervous system.
Lush buy lavender oil from a French distiller based in sunny Provence, a region in the south of the country. The flowers used to produce this aromatic oil can come from several different European countries, depending on availability (mainly France, Ukraine and Bulgaria).