Friday, May 29, 2015

Fun Fact Friday: Lavender

Lavender essential oil is widely know for its calming and relaxing properties.  I mentioned in a previous post that Cesar Milan uses it to help calm dogs :) Lavender also helps support sleep.  It's a great smell to add to homemade laundry detergents, bedding, etc.  And it even can help the body defend against seasonal allergies.   

But a big benefit of Lavender was discovered accidentally!

I was listening to an essential oil chemistry class by Dr. Robert Pappas (which I highly recommend if you're interested in that kind of stuff) and he mentioned that one of the big benefits of lavender: helping the body heal from burns was discovered by accident!

French chemist and scholar René-Maurice Gattefossé (who coined the term Aromatherapie) was working in his perfumery lab and there was an explosion.  His hands were on fire and he dunked them in a nearby vat, which happened to be lavender.  He later noted the increased healing time and that little to no scarring had occurred.  In World War I, he actually treated soldiers with essential oils and is now known as the Father of Aromatherapy.  #funfactfriday, #drpappas, #lavender, #essentialoils

I'd highly recommend bookmarking Dr. Pappas' Essential Oil University page if you'd like to know more about essential oil constituents:

Here is the first Chemistry video if you are interested in the chemistry of essential oils.  It's a free online video of a LIVE Essential Oils Chemistry class: CLICK HERE

According to Dr. Pappas, over 75% of essential oils are adulterated.  

If you want to know more about essential oils, please contact me at or call me at (503) 349-5710. 


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