I’ve always loved the smell of lavender and knew that lavender heard of its healing properties. I mean, after all, it is an essential oil so it must be good right. Essential oils are oils extracted from plants through a distillation process with steam or cold pressing of the roots, flowers, bark, or seeds. It nature’s gift to us in the form of an oil. These oils are highly concentrated and are usually diluted with other carrier oils.
But it was not until about 2 years ago when I decided to actually start looking into be benefits of lavender oil and its amazing properties is when I truly fell in love. For those of you who are not familiar with lavender, you might be asking does lavender smell good or what can it be used for. Well, I’m here to shed a bit of light on this beautiful plant and hopefully you learn a thing or two.
Lavender for skin and hair
- Lavender oil naturally kills bacteria so it is great for treating acne, unclogging pores, and reducing inflammation. It also helps to reduce the discoloration that you might have from past breakouts and hyperpigmentation. Lavender is also great for treating dry itchy skin, which is common for people with eczema. Some people even use Lavender to treat wrinkles caused by free radicals. Free radicals are naturally formed in the body to fight different infections but it can also cause premature aging and wrinkles if there is too much. Lavender is naturally full of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, which reduces the amount of damage that free radicals did to the body. These antibacterial properties can be used to stimulate new hair growth, clean your scalp.
- When using topically should be diluted with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation. Some carrier oils that I love are coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil. After taking a shower I apply my DIY face oil, which is a mixture of black cumin seed oil, a few drops of lavender oil, a few drops of tea tree oil, and jojoba oil. This gets absorbed into my skin and my skin feels moisturized and happy. You can also add in a few drops of lavender oil to your favorite lotion or use it with one carrier oil for your body to keep things simple. Adding lavender to and Epsom salt foot soak is super relaxing and your food comes out feeling smooth fresh and smelling great
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- People like myself associate lavender with calmness and a sense of wellness. Studies show that lavender helps to reduce stress and anxiety
- To use Lavender oil as a form of aromatherapy you can add a few drops of oil into a diffuser if you have one. Let the diffuser do its magic and distribute the oil into the air, the room will soon be filled with the beautiful scent of lavender and you can enjoy the calm that it brings. I recently got an organic soy candle with lavender in it from NEOB, which is located in St Catherines, Ontario. This is currently my favorite way to enjoy the lavender smell before bed or after a stressful day. You can even add a few drops in a spray bottle and spray it in your closet, in the air, or lightly on your pillow or bed sheets. If you take baths feel free to add some lavender to the water as you soak.
Lavender in food and drinks
- Lavender can be taken orally by adding the buds of the plat to different dishes such as deserts or you can steep the buds in hot water to create a herbal tea. Lavender tea can help to support your digestive system, improve your sleep, detoxify your body, and reduce inflammation. To ensure that you are getting the best quality is best to look for organic lavender. Organic lavender is grown without GMOs and pesticides and other chemicals that can be harmful t your body.
Lavender can be used topically, orally, and breathe in through aromatherapy. There are so many amazing benefits to lavender oil and buds. Please note it is recommending to do a patch test if you are using lavender topically to see if you may have an allergic reaction. If you are allergic discontinue use. Consult your doctor before consuming lavender orally.
Let us know your favorite way to use lavender in the comments below.
- Effect of aromatherapy on symptoms of dysmenorrhea in college students: A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16884344/
- Lavender and the Nervous System https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/