Caring, Nurturing, Devotion, Harmonising, Restfulness, Protective, Maternal
Lavender essential oil needs no introduction. It is the quintessential oil that most people associate with relaxation, rest and care. It has been used to scent baths, linens and bodies for centuries and one inhalation is enough to make many people sigh with content. If lavender is calling to you today, you may be in need of care in the form of, "Mother knows best", whether that is your own mother, your internal mother or Mother Earth. Or it may be a reminder to embrace humility, service, and the power of small acts of kindness.
Love has no message to transmit other than itself"
The essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh or dried flowering spikes in July or August. There are many different types of Lavender, but high altitude "Lavender True" from France is some of the most prized, and often expensive.
Clinically speaking, Lavender is useful for all types of skin complaints, burns and chronic stress. It has been a long favourite of monastery gardens, bathhouses and personal care products and its name comes from the Latin, lavera, meaning "to wash".
The driving energy of lavender is, "balance". The special and unique quality of lavender is that it is able to address so many different complaints that it is truly a balancing and harmonising oil. I use it very consistently in blends where balance of the mind or body is part of the client's wish. This is especially true for those with chronic conditions where homeostasis has not been present in the body for some time. These clients often visibly melt into their treatment at a very deep level. Aromatherapist, Lora Cantele, describes it as, "the great leveller" and I completely agree.
MYTH AND ARCHETYPE
Lavender is represented by the classic archetype of the "Mother". Nurturing, warm, devoted, patient and kind, this oil is always on call and ready to serve. The plant itself faces extremes of both altitude and heat to come into flower, and yet has continued to do so for centuries. Myths embodying the Mother goddess such as Isis, Demeter and Ceres are best matched to Lavender, representing the cycles of fertility, harvest and rebirth. It is also worth noting that sometimes the Mother can also splash out as a "Queen", and that lavender has long been a favourite with royalty, most notably, Elizabeth I of England, who required lavender to be present at court.
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