Lavender Essentials of Vermont
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Benefits of Lavender

Lavender is known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the best variety to use for healing and aromatherapy, as the hybrid oils are much higher in camphor, and are more stimulating than calming. Lavender essential oil has been a prominent and important part of history, bringing clarity, peace of mind, emotional balance as well as healing and overall wellness to the body. Lavender is one of the most versatile essentials oils.

The power of essential oils and how they work

It’s more than just a fragrance

Essential oils are made from plant materials through an extraction process, often steam distillation. Essentials oils are very powerful and should be diluted for safe application.  One drop of essential oil is equivalent to 3-4 cups of plant matter!  Essential oils used for wellness and aromatherapy are most commonly applied topically or inhaled gently through the nasal passages. 

Applying products made with essential oils to our skin—our largest organ—is a very effective way to experience the holistic benefits of the oil. When using the inhalation method, the vapors stimulate your olfactory nerve, thereby signaling your limbic system and your brain, specifically the amygdala and hippocampus, which all then respond by releasing serotonin, which is known as the “happy hormone." Serotonin is what calms us and makes us feel good. Inhaling essential oils also directly strengthens and helps to  support our immune system. 

All products made by Lavender Essentials of Vermont contain a 2% dilution rate

This means we add the highest level of quality therapeutic grade essential oils to each of our products, to give you the safest, maximum holistic benefits that we can.

History & usage

Lavender has been grown and used throughout the centuries.  The botanical name for lavender is ‘Lavandula’. The genus name stems from Latin ‘lavandus’, meaning to be washed, or ‘lavare’, to wash. Most believe lavender originated in the Mediterranean, and the Romans were known to have used lavender oil to perfume baths and  linens. Their soldiers dressed the injured men’s wounds with lavender oil in order to soothe burns, and stimulate the growth of skin cells. 

In the middle ages, lavender was used in aromatherapies, aiding in things such as grief, fatigue, faintness, and helping with relaxation and sleep.  Lavender has been used throughout the years as an insect repellent, for sunburns, and as a skin healing aid. It is even thought to help ward off evil spirits. Lavender has been used in culinary delicacies, and for internal herbal remedies. Lavender is also used to treat acne, earaches, aching muscles, depression, eczema, stress, psoriasis, and tension headaches.

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Munstead Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Munstead is one of the true English lavenders. Munstead is one the hardier variations, and winters well in harsh conditions. It is one of the more compact lavenders, growing to 12-16” tall, and 24-30” wide. It has been a mainstay of many herb gardens over the years, as it grows well along rock walls and borders. Lavender originated in the Mediterranean and likes hot sunny days and well drained soil. Lavender is deer, insect, and rabbit resistant. Butterflies and bees love Munstead. Thriving in poor conditions and ever versatile, it can be grown in the ground or above ground in containers. English lavenders are mainly used in aromatherapy, culinary, and healing applications.

Hidcote Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

 Hidcote, another English lavender, is a flowering plant in the Lamiaceae family and is native to the Mediterranean. Hidcote is well known for its deep purple color and long lasting strong sweet scent.  Growing to 16-20” tall, and 18-24” wide, it is a hardy variety. It is great for attracting bees and butterflies with its dark purple flowers. Hidcote is great for drying, and is popular with crafters, as it holds its color well. Lavender prefers poor soil and full sun. It needs plenty of air circulation, and well drained soils. Hidcote blooms mid-late summer.  It is popular for use in low hedges, borders, and edging applications because of its compact size. Lavender needs to be pruned after it blooms, and in the spring to encourage growth. Hidcote is used in culinary, aromatherapy, and in dried floral applications. 

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Phenomenal Lavender

Lavandula intermedia

Phenomenal lavender (patent #24193) is also referred to as lavandin, and commonly known as French lavender because it was developed for the French perfume industry. Phenomenal is a super hardy variety, bred to produce a uniform round shape, and is larger than other lavenders.  Growing up to a 32x32” mound, phenomenal thrives in sandy soils, and rocky poor conditions. It is also bred to resist heat, drought, root, and foliar diseases. Consistent with other lavenders it is deer and insect resistant. Phenomenal has silvery green foliage and deep blue to purple flower spikes. Blooms begin in late spring and often bloom again in early fall. Phenomenal is also known for its high essential oil production. Lavandins have a higher camphor content, making it great for treating sinus and snoring problems. French lavenders are mostly used for their perfuming qualities as well as its antiseptic properties—cleaning the body and the home. Lavandula intermedia is a lavender that is truly phenomenal.

New for the 2019 season

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