Lavandin Spice Blend Room Spray

I made a Lavandin Spice Blend Room Spray to use around my house as an air freshener. This is made up of the essential oils Lavandin Lavandula intermedia (Emeric ex Loisel.), Ginger Zingiber officinale (Roscoe) and Ylang ylang Cananga odorata (Lam.) var. genuina. I chose to mix this blend with alcohol (vodka) and water so I did not have to worry about how much I should shake it to make sure it is mixed.

             The alcohol works as a bonding agent with the oil and water mixture. I like to use the brand Platinum because it is inexpensive and seven times distilled so it does not have a s strong scent.

              I like the idea of a room spray so that the oil can be absorbed through the lungs and into the blood stream while leaving a pleasant scent throughout the house.

            The active constituents that make up the essential oil Lavandin L. x intermedia are linalyl acetate, linalool and camphor (a stimulating ketone). Ginger Z. officinale contains zingiberent, (R)-curcumene, beta-sesquiphellandrene, beta-bisabolene and farnesene. The dominate constituent sesquiterpenes are analgesic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and hypotensive. Ylang ylang C. odorata var. genuina has linaloo, beta-caryophyllene and germacrene D, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

             Overall this blend seems to have stimulating and balancing properties.

             The therapeutic uses for Lavandin L. x intermedia include an antioxidant potential (protects cells and tissue), anxiolytic (stress and anxiety reliever), and antimicrobial (fights viruses).

            Ginger Z. officinale contains analgesic (pain reliever), antiemetic (anti-vomiting/nausea), carminative (gas relief), cholagogue (helps the bowels), antibacterial (suppresses bacteria), anti-inflammatory (muscle inflammation), antifungal (suppresses fungi), febrifuge (fever reducer), insect repellent and a tonic (energizes, stimulates and strengthens the body).

            Ylang ylang C. odorata var. genuina has many uses including a mild analgesic (pain reliever), antibacterial (suppresses bacteria), antidepressant (mood inhibitor), aphrodisiac (stimulates sexual desire), antifungal (suppresses fungi), vulnerary (promotes healing of cuts and wounds), anti-inflammatory (muscle inflammation), lowers blood pressure, antispasmodic (helps relieve muscle spasms), nervine (tones and heals nerves) and a sedative (calms body down).

            The cautions and contradictions for Lavandin L. x intermedia may cause an allergic reaction and skin sensitivity.

             Ginger Z. officinale should be avoided during pregnancy, may cause skin irritation and may be a photosensitizer. Ylang ylang C. odorata var. genuina should be avoided with sensitive skin as it can cause sensitization.

             All the oils are of GRAS status in the U.S. If being used topically a skin patch test should be conducted to conclude any sensitivities, especially on individuals with sensitive skin.  

Reference:

Petersen, D. (2016). Aroma 101: Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland, Oregon: American College of Healthcare Sciences, p. 209.