Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender.
Two forms are distinguished, Lavender Flower Oil, a colorless oil, insoluble in water, having a density of 0.885 (g/mL); and Lavender Spike Oil, a distillate from the herb Lavandula latifolia, having density 0.905.
Lavender Flower Oil is a designation of the National Formulary and the British Pharmacopoeia.
It is not a pure compound; it is a complex mixture of natural products.
Lavender oil should never be taken internally.
Lavender oil, which has long been used in the production of perfume, can also be used in aromatherapy.
Lavender oil has recently been implicated in gynecomastia, the abnormal development of breasts in young boys.