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Figure 1: Lavender Plant (Wikipedia, 2009)
Lavender, Lavandula Angustifolia is a herb (Almadaflor, 2008). It is purple in colour, with groups of small petals located at the top of its long thin stem which faces upwards, making the flower have a cone-like shape. It's thin stem has grey hair coming out making it soft (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2006) (Figure 1) The flower blooms in July to September growing up to 24 inches throughout the season (Herbs, 2002). For the plant to grow its perfectly, it needs sunlight, soil that is well drained and dried soil (Herbs, 2002). The flower itself, has small flowers spread across the herb. It is a lighter shade of purple but before they turn purple they are orange-golden. The colorless oil in the small flowers give the lavender its beautiful scent (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2006). Lavender is commonly found at the inhabitant range that extends diagonally to Canary Islands, North and East America, Arabia, India, the Mediterranean and Southern Europe.


Product

Lavender Oil is a product made from a herb which is used for medical purposes (figure 2). This oil (called essential oils) are concentrated liquid that contain aroma which come from the plants (dictionary, 2010). In this case, aroma of the lavender is what the essential oil contains. This oil can be applied to burns, bites or sting; it does not only relive the pain but also helps with heal the scar tissues. This oil can also be used for massaging tired sore muscles (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2006); it’s very effective for joint or back pains. You can add a few drops of this soothing oil to your bath, and it will relax your peripheral nerves (Hemphill, 1983). Oil can also be used for sleep therapy so if you are having a hard time sleeping, just add a few drops to your tea, the lavender in the tea will help you sleep (Herbs, 2002). Since the lavenders scent is very calming, it can get you over depression, physical, and emotional stress. Lavender oil also plays a roll in reparing new cells (Hemphill, 1983), like if you will feel that your skin is aging, apply some lavender oil, it'll raplce the dead cells with new ones (Skin Care , n.d) This essential oil is created from the small flowers on the herb. the oil within the flowers gives the lavender its rich scent therefore; the essential oil is made from the colorless oil that provides lavender its scent.
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Figure 3: Some other products made from Lavender (Google n.d

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Figure 2 : Lavender Essential Oil (Google n.d)

Video showing what Lavender Oil is used for


There are many other products made from Lavender such as;
  • Soaps
  • Purfumes
  • Creams
  • Spa Materials
  • Body goods
(Figure 3)

Making of the product

When making the Lavender Essential Oil, be aware that the lavenders are fully bloomed, with no orangish yellow
flowers on the herb, because that is the time when their oil substance is at the hightest (Ningthoujam Sandhyarani, 2009)
The Harvesting should be done by the month of September (Herbs, 2002). (Figure 4).
Also make sure to harvest the flowers on dry days before the heat has dried out all the impulsive essence.
To get Lavender oil , you will have to go through the process of Steam distillation (Allen, Debbie, n,d)
Below are the steps to make the Essential Oil (Figure 5).
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Figure 6: Making of the Lavender Essential Oil. (Coleman, Dean, 2007) & (Rachna Gupta, 2009)
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Figure 4: Harvesting of the Lavender Flowers, they are all fully bloomed (Google n.d)


Video showing how Lavender Oil is made by the porcess of Distillation





Benficial Impacts

Lavender oil is very beneficial to humans because of its ability to act like a healing potion.
It has a smell that can calm your nerves and help get over depression. Applying this Oil to
places that hurt, can quickly make that place feel better then it did before.
There are a lot of health benefits that you can get from Lavender Oil some which are;

Nervous System:
The oil has a very comforting smell that is a great refresher for the nerves (Organic Facts, 2010)
This oil helps indulging headaches, depression, angst, emotional tension and nervous strain (Lavedner Health, n.d)
The smell of this oil removes the negativities and agitation and increases the intellectual movement (Organic Facts, 2010) .

Urine Flow: This Oil is beneficial for urinary problems because it encourages the flow of the urine (Organic Facts, 2010).
The Oil helps the hormonal balance by restroing it, helps reducing connected cramps; and it helps the swelling of the bladder (Organic Facts, 2010).

Blood flow: This oil is good for the blood since it helps to make your blood pressure low (Organic Facts, 2010) .

Respiratory Mayhem: Lavender Essential Oil can be broadly used for a variety of respiratory troubles (Organic Facts, 2010) , including esophagus illness,
flu, asthma, blockage of the nose, bronchitis, and laryngitis (Organic Facts, 2010). When you have external problems you can use lavender oil in
form of vapor or inhalers, it will then be easier to solve the problems within your body. Also when you have external problems, trouble outside of the body you can apply the oil on the skin of your neck, stomach, back, chest or wherever it is hurting.

Protection from Diseases: If Lavender oil is continuously used, every day or every other day it will help offer resistance to diseases (Organic Facts, 2010) .

Skin Care: When applied to the skin lavender oil treats many skin problems (Rachna Gupta, 2009) for example acne,
creases and many other skin disorders (Lavedner Health, n.d). Lavender oil heals injury, burns, stings, cuts,
sun burns as well as healing a scarred tissue (Organic Facts, 2010).

These are some health benefits that can be fixed by lavender oil.
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Harmful Impacts 

Lavender may contain a lot of beneficial effects, but if taken more than your body can handle it can tend to start showing its side effects. These side affects only show if you overdose (Lavender Oil , n.d) or if you take it but you are allergic to it. Side effects you may experience are;
- constipation
- confusion
- pain
- vomiting,
- Slow breathing
- irritation of skin,
- small pupils
(Lavender Oil , n.d)



Conclusion

In Conclusion, Lavender, Lavandula Angustifolia is a herb and the Essential oil that is made from it has a lot of health benefits.
The aroma of the herb is so calming that if you put it on your pillow it will help you go to sleep. It also helps you get over physical and
emotional stress. There are many other cures that are available from applying Lavender Essential Oil, for example, healing of the Respiratory System,
skin gets better, helps your blood flow, urine flow, Nervous System. If you take it daily as told by the doctor you can be protected from many diseases.
Lavender oil is really beneficial, but if you overdose it externally or internally, it can start showing side effects such as pain, vomiting,
slow breathing, and constipation. Therefore, Lavender Essential Oil is good, but it has its limits just like everything else.



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