Soothing, rejuvenating and antiseptic.
Lavender is the most versatile of all the essential oils used in aromatherapy, and its wide range of therapeutic properties can be enjoyed in massage, vaporisers and bathing for a wide range of purposes.
The soothing and revitalizing properties of lavender essential oil make it the ideal choice to use in skin care and body care blends, as well for creating a refreshing and relaxing atmosphere in your home.
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Due to its natural organic chemistry, Croatian lavender oil is even more antiseptic than its counterpart from other lavender producing countries, making it a really handy addition to your first aid kit for those little emergencies with cuts and scrapes.
The lavender essential oil produced in Croatia has a light, refreshing, crisp aroma, and as the price of true French lavender continues to increase due to heavy demand and short supply, it has become an economical alternative that provides exceptional value for money.
However, we know that everyone has their own preference for the origin of lavender oil, so if you would prefer more familiar sources check out our French Lavender or Bulgarian Lavender. If you are a connoisseur of lavender and prefer it to be organic, be sure to see our Organic English Lavender and our Organic Lavender Fine (high altitude) from France.
Croatia is one of the largest producing countries of lavender because of its high quality soil and temperate climate, and the source of our oil can be found growing on the rocky slopes and hills on the island of Hvar. This is the most beautiful island in the mid-Dalmatian archipelago and is known as the 'Island of Lavender', although rosemary, sage and olives are also grown there.
Lavender flowers can be seen blooming towards the end of June and throughout July, and harvesting - which is still done by hand - usually takes place during the last week of July and early August. The lavender oil produced on Hvar is considered the very finest of all those produced in Croatia.
The chemistry of an essential oil is extremely complex, and a typical example will contain an elaborate mixture of aromatic constituents such as alcohols, aldehydes, esters, keytones, lactones, phenols, terpenes and sesquiterpenes that combine to produce a unique set of therapeutic qualities.
This complex mixture of natural chemicals is what makes essential oils such effective healing agents. For example, eucalyptus oil is refreshing and invigorating - plus it is a very powerful antiseptic agent.
This means that essential oils can be used in a variety of ways in aromatherapy to promote physical and emotional health and well-being. More...
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