Lavandula angustifolia is an evergreen, woody shrub, that grows to around three feet. It has arrow, slender leaves with various shades of purple to blue colored flowers. The evergreen grows best at 2,200 to 4,000 ft altitude. Lavender grown and distilled at a higher altitude has a reputation of being the best quality. The entire plant is highly aromatic. Its essential oil is obtained by distillation from the flower spikes. Lavender Essential Oil is a colorless or pale-yellow liquid of a sweet, floral, herbaceous, refreshing odor, with a pleasant, balsamic-woody undertone.
LAVENDER FRENCH POPULATION is known as Lavender oil fine, or true Lavender. Like the French Alpine, French Population is grown at high altitude on land purposely cultivated for Lavender. The population refers to the fact that this is a non-selected, non-varietal plant grown from seed. The aim is that the complete population of the species is represented, each different variety grows together in the one field. This means that the oil represents the true plant, each variation is included, all the various trace components are present. The yield of oil is low by this method, but the quality is the highest known.
No home is complete without a bottle of Lavender. This is most likely due to the number of conditions that Lavender is thought to assist, along with being an oil that is safe to use on children, adults, and the elderly alike. Lavender is appreciated for its balancing, calming and soothing characteristics. It is thought by many to be advantageous for relieving stress, tension, and irritability.