Lavender is a universal oil that has been shown to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. It is called “the grandmother” of essential oils because it cares for and nurtures us through such a variety of physical and emotional stresses. If you don’t know what essential oil to reach for, try lavender. Lavender can help us move from judgment to kindness and generosity. Lavender can be applied to cuts, sunburns, burns, rashes, dermatitis, eczema, and insect bites.
Lavender officinalis often called lavender 40/42 is the Lavender of choice for making products such as soaps, perfumes, and candles. The 40/42 refers to the balance of Linalool and Linalyl in the oil. These levels are reached by mixing batches of Lavender oil together to get the right ratio. This gives Lavender officinalis a stronger aroma that is consistent from batch to batch. It also means Lavender 40/42 is considered a standardized oil rather than a pure oil. So while it is still a therapeutic Lavender it is regarded as less therapeutic than other varieties. Lavender angustifolia is the more therapeutic Lavender. It has a softer, prettier smell than the officinalis.