Lavender oil

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Lavender plant (Lavandula augustofolia)


An Essential oil extracted from the small purple flowers of Lavender plants of the genus Lavandula, such as Lavandula angustifolia. Lavender oil is used in perfumes and toilet water. It has also been used for fumigating and is placed in sachets in closets as a moth repellent. It is a powerful Solvent and can make oil paints and varnishes sticky. Lavender oil is sometimes mentioned as a retarder for oil paints, but it is more likely that spike lavender oil was used in the recipes (see Spike oil).

Synonyms and Related Terms

Lavandula angustifolia; oleum lavandulae (Lat.); esencia de lavanda (Esp.); huile de lavande (Fr.); olio di lavanda (It); lavander oil (sp); lavendar oil (sp); oil of lavender


Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998