It is an essential oil obtained from specific species of Lavender.
Essential oils are extracted by way of distillation. This oil can be extracted from either lavender flowers or from herb spikes.
It is not a pure compound as is the general belief of people on essential oils. As a matter of fact, not any essential oil is a pure compound.
Lavender oil is a mixture of natural phytochemicals from the extract. It also contains linalool and linalyl acetate in it which are widely used in beauty and makeup products.
Essential oils have various uses – therapeutic, medicinal, aromatherapy, beauty – and so many.
Lavender Oil – Uses
Lavender oil is widely used in perfumery for the production of perfumes from a long time.
It also has an important place in aromatherapy. This strong scented oil provides a calming effect to humans and also helps in reducing stress.
It also has a medicinal value and relax headache due to tension or anxiety. It can be breathed in the form vapor or applied on the skin in little quantities. It also helps relieve cough and some respiratory problems when inhaled as vapor.
These days it is also used in the preparation of mosquito repellents due to its special properties.
It has been known that lavender oil has been used as massage oil on the joints and muscles to relieve pain in the olden days. It can also remove lice when mixed with a hair-wash product.
The way I see it:
I am very much into aromatherapy and essential oils these days. And love the lavender fragrance.
Few drops of lavender oil can be mixed in warm bath water for a refreshing morning bath and equally for a relaxing evening bath. It will lighten your mood and calm your senses.
Bath salts are also available with lavender oil extracts in them. They too can be added to bath water to spice up your day. They are also used in making soaps, toners, air fresheners, pot pourries, blended oils, etc.
Aroma Magic, Fabindia, Soulflower are few of the renowned brands in India that have lavender oil based products.
Here are few useful links for you:
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender soap(Fabindia): http://www.fabindia.com/personal-care/skin-care/soaps-bodywashes/lavender-soap.html
Lavender Toner(Fabindia): http://www.fabindia.com/personal-care/skin-care/skin-toners/lavender-skin-toner-200ml.html
Lavender Cleansing Milk(Fabindia): http://www.fabindia.com/lavender-cleansing-milk-200ml.html
Facts for Fun:
Bulgaria is the largest producer of lavender oil presently.
Kashmir lavender oil is world-renowned which is extracted from the Himalayan foothills.