Fields of Lavender in Provence, France

LAVENDER Essential Oil

LAVENDER is grown all around the world. It is easy to grow and it doesn’t need a lot of water.  In the south of France it is grown in abundance and that is where dōTERRA sources its oil from.  They have found that the growing conditions there are the best in the world creating the finest of oil to meet their requirements.  Lately, they have found that Bulgaria also has the quality of lavender that they require and so now dōTERRA also gets this oil from there.

The Lavender oil that I use can be used topically (neat), diffused into the air, or taken internally.

It is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need.

Two bottles of aroma oils and lavender flowers on wooden background

The lavender flower with two small bottles of the essential oil

Historical Uses

Historically, Lavender essential oil was used in hospitals during World War I to treat the wounds of soldiers.

It has also been used extensively with herbs such as chamomile in aromatherapy.

Commercially, the plant has been grown mainly for the production of  its essential oil because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

And the oil is often used as a fragrance for bath products. 

Lavender in the Kitchen

There are many ways to use this essential oil in the kitchen.

It is grown in Europe where it is used as a condiment and in salads and dressings.  Flowers can be candied and are sometimes used as cake decorations. It flavours baked goods and desserts (it pairs especially well with chocolate), and is also used to make “lavender sugar”. The flowers are occasionally blended with black, green, or herbal teas.

Lavender lends a floral and slightly sweet flavour to most dishes, and is sometimes paired with sheep’s-milk and goat’s-milk cheeses.  In the United States, both lavender syrup and dried lavender buds are used to make lavender scones and marshmallows.

The Lavender essential oil that I use is produced by dōTERRA.  I am confident that it is safe for me to use it in my kitchen because it has been certified therapeutic grade before it is ready for sale.

Have you tried lavender in whipped cream or made into a chocolate? You will be very pleasantly surprised.

I have found this oil to be a godsend in my kitchen for another reason.  A child brushed her arm against a hot kettle. She screamed the house down. When I applied lavender neat to the burn, she stopped crying almost immediately and forgot about it. We continued to apply the oil and it healed quickly and left no scar.

 

 

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