Properties: Lavender is one of the essential oils that is familiar to most people. Historically used as a cleansing agent because of its antiseptic properties, lavender has numerous properties but is generally reached for when either a little physical or emotional TLC is called for!
Lavender essential oil is both calming and relaxing. It is particularly suitable for sensitive, shy individuals. Horses that would like to connect but are too timid to do so. In our hedgewitch’s practice, lavender is not an oil that is selected as often as you might think, given the prevalence it is given in the equine care market place.
Lavender’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties are known to be soothing to the skin and is often used for burns. Lavender has also been observed by some to reduce the formation of proud flesh.
Principle constituents: Alcohols – linalool, lavandulol, terpinen-4-ol; esters – linalyl acetate, lavandulyl acetate; terpenes; oxides – 1,8-cineoale
Precautions: Generally thought to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, though watch for adulteration.