Lavender for Skincare
While the most common use of lavender is to help treat anxiety and relieve stress through aromatherapy, some people also use it to treat minor skin conditions or injuries.
Lavender can act as an astringent. Astringents are substances that cause tissue to contract. They can help treat small areas of swelling on the skin. While lavender might not help with managing pain, you can use it to treat small areas of swelling from bug bites or other causes.
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Lavender works well on all skin types and is effective in treating oily skin as well as acne, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. It is thought to stimulate cellular growth and regeneration in the skin by helping your upper layer of skin rejuvenate itself.
Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can fight the bacteria causing acne infections, thus reducing the swelling and redness. You can dab some lavender oil on your acne blemishes or skin infections with a cotton swab. This will provide you with a healthy and unblemished complexion.
Lavender oil is one of these oils that can promote hair growth and treat various hair problems like hair loss, alopecia, dandruff etc. It can be diluted with a carrier oil to promote healthy hair and scalp. This aromatherapy oil is extremely effective in treating hair loss. This is because it cures insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression which are the common causes of hair loss. Regular massage with this oil helps in controlling hair loss and improving hair growth by increasing blood circulation.
Lavender essential oil can help you get rid of dry itchy scalp and dandruff. If you are suffering from dandruff, you can mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of olive or almond oil and heat the mixture for about 10 seconds. Massage your scalp with this warm oil and put on a shower cap. Wash off with a mild shampoo after an hour.
Lavender can be used as a conditioner as well. You can prepare a hair rinse by boiling ¼ cup of dried lavender in 2 cups of water and adding a few drops of lavender oil. Rinse your hair with it and leave for 15 minutes. This will make your hair shiny and fragrant as well as treat dandruff.
Treatment of Head Lice: Being powerful antiseptic, lavender oil can rid your scalp of lice, lice eggs or nits. Lice hate the smell of lavender and massaging your scalp with this oil can kill both the lice and nits. To get rid of head lice, massage your scalp with lavender oil 20 minutes before shampooing.
Treatment of Eczema: Besides soothing acne prone skin, lavender oil is a wonderful remedy for eczema. It relieves itching and decongests the irritated patches of skin by adding moisture, thus speeding up the healing process. Regular usage of this oil lessens eczema outbreaks to a significant extent.
There are numerous Health Benefits of Lavender
As stated earlier, lavender has an important role to play in aromatherapy. The usage of both lavender flowers and lavender oil offers various health benefits as follows:
Treatment of Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression, Cures Headaches, Aids in Proper Digestion, Relieves Nausea, Relieves Aching Muscles, Stops Bleeding
Beneficial For Pregnant Women: Lavender can relieve flatulence and indigestion during pregnancy and diminish post pregnancy stretch marks and scars. It also helps relieve cramps, edema, exhaustion, infection, breast abscesses and post natal depression. Research has indicated that using lavender oil during pregnancy and childbirth can help ease delivery pain and promote a speedy recovery.
I would always recommend having a lavender plant somewhere in your garden. Not only will the insects thank you for it and will it make your garden smell gorgeous, but you then also have a fantastic skincare herb at your disposal. When the flowers are blooming in late summer, cut yourself some bunches of lavender and dry them. You will always find a use for lavender somewhere in your house.
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If you don’t happen to have any lavender growing in your garden, I would recommend buying some from this retailer who sells dried lavender. Place the dried lavender in these fabulous little organza bags and hang them around your clothes to infuse a lovely fragrance into your wardrobe.
Like all herbal remedies, it's important to remember that just because lavender is natural doesn't mean it's an effective treatment for all ailments. It may help soothe you, but if you have a nagging skin condition, it's best to seek the advice of a doctor.
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