Lavender essential oil Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia Origin: France Part Used: Flowers Process: Steam Distillation Organic Lavender Fine AOC is the crown jewel of Lavenders. Our high elevation organic Lavender Fine AOC comes from the department (region) of Drôme, France and is grown and distilled at 2,600 feet elevation. The aroma displays a soft floral quality with no camphoraceous notes typical of lavender; its fragrance is ethereal, delicately radiant, and highly refined. In a word: supreme! Plant Description: Native to the Mediterranean area, now grown worldwide. Most high-quality Lavender oils come from France, but very fine Lavender oils are also grown in India, the US and England. The plant, being entirely aromatic, is an evergreen, woody shrub that grows up to 3 feet high, with 1-2 inch long narrow leaves and long blunt spikes bearing small flowers that range from purple-blue-violet to rose-lavender to white in color. Our lavender is classified under the quality control system AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, or controlled designation of origin) certifying that it is grown within the four regions of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Drôme or Vaucluse in southeast France. The AOC standard states that the specific location in which the lavender is grown imparts qualities to the lavender specific to that location with respect to climate, soil conditions, and topography, including altitudes of 790 meters (~2,600 feet) or higher. The plants must be grown from seeds and not cloned, the distillation must not involve shredding, and the oil must pass olfactory assessment. The AOC certification is the same used by the producers of fine French wine. Oil Description: Colorless to pale yellow liquid with a sweet-floral-herbaceous fragrance and a mellow woody-balsamic backnote. The aroma of our organic Lavender Fine Population AOC displays a soft floral quality with no camphoraceous notes typical of Lavender; its fragrance is ethereal, delicately radiant, and highly refined; in a word: supreme! Historical/Traditional Uses: Since time immemorial, Lavender has been used for a host of therapeutic and cosmetic applications. The Romans notorious use of Lavender in the baths to cleanse and disinfect led to the naming of this herb, the Latin “to wash” is lavare. In medieval times, it was used to make sachets, for stuffing quilted clothes, and to strew on the floors of homes and churches. Saint Hildegard of Bingen recommended Lavender for maintaining a pure character, likely due to its clean, fresh scent. It has been used for centuries to repel moths from clothing and linens, to scent and cleanse the air, for alleviating headaches, and for inducing sleep. It was due to an explosion in the lab of the French chemist Dr. René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1910 that the analgesic and healing properties of Lavender were verified. After Dr. Gattefossé suffered severe burns from the incident, he noted that the use of Lavender essential oil greatly reduced the pain and rapidly healed the gangrene that developed with little or no scarring. This product is Certified Organic and is sold in a 15mL or 30mL amber bottle. We are currently offering the option to Buy 3 essential oils and get 1 FREE! Buy any three bottles of our essential oils (mix and match any size/scent on any of our listings), and we will give you an equal sized bottle of your choice, absolutely FREE as a thank you for shopping with Modern Gaia. To request the oil of your choice, simply send us a message via our messaging system. If you do not make a valid choice at time of purchase, we will choose one for you. Free Essential Oil must be At or Below the AVERAGE PRICE of Combined Purchased Essential Oils. All our essential oils come in a dark amber glass bottle. In order to bring you the purest, highest quality oils, we only carry therapeutic grade oils, we do not carry cosmetic grade. We normally ship your order within 24 hours (by the next business day) of receiving payment. We take care in getting your order to you as soon as possible!