How to Use Our Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is thought to have many therapeutic benefits. In addition to these, lavender oil is said to be calming, de-stressing, and aides in healthy sleep patterns.
The 3 main ways to use our Lavender oil are:
- Diffuse – with the use of a diffuser or a few drops under the pillow.
- Topical – through the use of a carrier oil, our lavender oil is safe for topical application.
- Bathing – add 2-3 drops to any bath for a safe, calming and indulgent experience.
Why We Get Our Oil from Bulgaria
Most of the world’s lavender supply comes from France. French lavender oil tends to have the strong ‘lavender’ smell which is still somewhat sweet, but very herbal with some bitterness in the beginning.
However, Bulgarian lavender oil is much smoother. In general, it’s sweet, soft and velvety and instantly pleasant and calming, without the harsh herbal smell typical of French lavender that unfortunately puts some people off.
The therapeutic properties of the oils are very similar, so we feel you get all the therapeutic benefits of this wonderful oil, with a sweeter, more enjoyable aroma coming from the Bulgarian variety.
To put it bluntly, we like both countries’ lavender, but we like the more mellow, softer scent of Bulgarian lavender oil better, and we think you will too.
How it’s Extracted
The beautiful blue petals of this pleasantly aromatic flowering shrub are grown on select organic farms in Bulgaria. Lavender is a perennial plant that flowers in its second year. For the highest quality oils (including ours) harvest typically takes place in the summer months at the peak of the first bloom.
Our farmers wait for exactly the right moment in the season to harvest their lavender. They typically wait until the flowers are bright purple, just on the verge of turning grey or brown before harvesting the top part of the plant where the oil is the most fragrant.
Once the lavender is harvested, our farmers hand-load all of the stems and flowers into a still. When the still is full, a boiler creates steam from purified water that is gently funneled into the still.
The steam slowly rises to the top of the still and heats the lavender to a point where the oil glands of the plant burst and release their small pockets of oil.
Once the steam condenses back into water, the water (now carrying the oil with it) is collected and placed into a holding tank. As time passes, the oil and water separate with the oil rising to the top where it can be collected and carefully filtered into 100% pure lavender oil.
The most coveted, most valuable (and thought to be the most therapeutic) oil is that which is collected during the first part of the distillation period. The resulting oil is called “first distilled.” This is the oil that we use in our products.
Our Commitment to Quality
Every batch of Lavender oil we receive is tested for purity and quality. Each batch of essential oil can differ, even from the same producer. Because essential oil is extracted from plants, it can be affected by many factors such as the weather, the seasons, and human error… a bit like fine wine.
This is why we carry out batch testing even if the batch is from the same supplier so we can guarantee consistent quality.
The farms we’ve chosen to work with consistently provide incredibly pure, high quality oils. We regularly review our producers with a stringent set of quality guidelines that we’ve developed in partnership with our industry experts and their 20+ years in the industry.
“Even an oil which is quite truthfully described as pure may be of poor quality, and therefore of less value therapeutically. IF AN ESSENTIAL OIL COSTS MUCH LESS THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT TO PAY FOR IT, the oil may well be a third or fourth distillate from a batch of plant material which has already yielded the greater part of its properties to the first or second distillation.”
Aromatherapy An A-Z, by Patricia Davis, 1988, reprinted 1994, Saffron Walden, The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd., England, pp. 278-280.
What We Mean by “Organic”
Our lavender oil is certified organic by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Certified organic essential oils are derived from plants that have been grown without the use of man-made fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides.
They were instead grown using ecosystem management methods to maintain the health of both plant and soil. There are no inputs such as genetic modification or irradiation. The benefits of organic agriculture include no pollution of the local air or groundwater and no toxic chemicals in the plant or its essential oil.
We make sure we harvest our oil while maintaining the viability of the local environment for future oil harvests.
How We Package Our Lavender Oil
Our lavender oil is fresh off the still and comes in a 10ML blue glass bottle and is sealed to protect the precious oil within. The bottle also comes with an orifice reducer built in so you can dispense the oil one drop at a time.
During the shipping process, special aluminium canisters prolong and protect the quality of the oil from light and temperature during transit from around the globe and we ensure a quick turnaround time from producer to bottle, with minimal shelf time to maintain quality and purity.
We typically recommend storing your oil at or below room temperature.
The Tests We Run on our Oils To Ensure Quality
All of our oil is constantly tested for purity. The testing provides us with key data about what constituent compounds are in the oils and at what volumes.
Gas Chromatography (GC)
Gas Chromatography (GC) describes the analytical separation technique used to analyze volatile substances in the gas phase. In GC, the components of a sample are dissolved in a solvent and vaporized in order to separate the analytes by distributing the sample between two phases: a stationary phase and a mobile phase. GC provides us key data about what compounds are in oils and how much of each component is present.
Mass Spectrometry (MS)
Mass Spectrometry (MS) is an analytical chemistry technique that identifies the amount and type of individual molecules present in a sample by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio. A mass spectrometer has three essential functions: Ion source, Mass analyzer and the Detector. The Ion source is where the sample is ionized. Once the sample is ionized, the mass analyzer sorts and separates the ions according to the mass and charge. Once the ions are separated and sorted then the separation is measured in the detector where a results chart is displayed.
Refractive Index (RI)
Refractive Index (RI) measures the speed at which light passes through an essential oil. A refractometer is the instrument used to measure the unique number, which is a combination of constituents each essential oil has, that designates how that oil responds and bends light. When an essential oil is adulterated the refractive index will be thrown off.
The chemical composition of lavender oil can vary significantly. The main components are linalyl acetate and linalool and it is said that these two components together, shouldn’t make up more than 80% in authentic, pure lavender.
Below is an ISO Standard for the chemical component ratio that should be present in high quality lavender oil.
||2 – 5%
||0 – 0.5%
||3 – 9%
||0 – 1%
||25 – 38%
||0 – 0.5%
||1.5 – 6%
||0 – 1%
||25 – 45%
A personal message from our founders
When I first walked onto the farm that supplies our pure lavender oil, I knew the quality of our oil would be among the best in the world. I was near a small village in Bulgaria, and in front of me were kilometres of gently swaying purple flowers. The farmer showing me around was warm and inviting, but I struggled a bit with his English.
Never the less, I learned that he personally oversaw every batch of lavender harvested on his farm. Each batch goes through a strenuous quality assurance process to ensure that only the best lavender oil ends up in our bottles.
I hope your experience of our oil is like that first experience I had walking onto that lavender farm in Bulgaria. I hope the herby, sweet aroma transports you in some way to the very real spot where the oil originated.
Ultimately we believe that an oil, like the business that stands behind it, should be ethical and be exactly what it says on the tin. That’s why we only use the highest quality lavender, with the highest quality extraction methods, and shipped with the highest quality packaging.
It’s also why you won’t see us throwing around buzzwords that don’t mean anything, like “therapeutic grade” or “clinical grade.” When we describe our oils, we mean what we say.
We believe that the more you know about essential oils in general, the more likely you’ll want to become a part of the Sacred Soul community.
If for any reason you’re unsatisfied with our oil, I want to personally invite you to email me and let me know. I’ll be happy to refund your money within the first 30 days of your purchase.
I’m betting my business on the fact that you’ll be blown away by the quality and aroma of our organic lavender oil.
Either way, thanks for stopping by our site and checking us out. We hope every interaction you have with us, in person, or online is positive and memorable. Feel free to drop us a note on our contact page if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback for us.
Scott Pittman & Kristan Markham
Sacred Soul Holistics