The Amazing Benefits of Lavender – Smell the Difference!

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Lavender is one of those plants that have long been known for their fragrant aroma and therapeutic benefits. It’s commonly used in aromatherapy due to its relaxing properties and is often found in scented candles, diffusers, and bath products.

Essential oil benefits are often collectively referred to as aromatherapy (the use of plant extracts and essential oils.) Historians credit the ancient Egyptians with being one the first to distill certain plant materials to obtain the oils which they used in their embalming process. There are references to the use of essential oils as far back as 5000 BC. For instance, they were used in ancient China and India as well as other parts of Asia. Think Queen of Sheba for one. So now you know that lavender has been used for its skin care benefits even back thousands of years ago!

Let’s move forward into today. If you’re a fan of natural skin care, you need to know about all the great things that lavender can do for your skin! Read on to learn more.

Lavender soothes irritated skin

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Lavender’s natural anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent choice for soothing irritated skin. Whether you have a sunburn, a bug bite, or just dry, itchy skin, you can benefit from using products that contain lavender. Lavender has a calming effect on the skin, so if you have sensitive skin that easily gets red and inflamed, lavender could be the key to calming it down.

Treatment of Mild Burns (Including Sunburn)

French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse is credited with inventing the word aromatherapy after a nasty burn accident in 1937. When he was able to use lavender to dramatically aid in the healing of his burned hand, it subsequently spurred his interest in essential oils.

As noted above healing of a bad burn was the way modern day aromatherapy came into being. CAUTION: Even though Rene-Maurice Gattefosse used lavender if you have a serious burn I would still recommend going to the emergency room for treatment. But definitely, give it a try the next time you get a case of sunburn.

Lavender is great for acne-prone skin

If you’re dealing with acne, lavender can be a lifesaver. It has natural antibacterial properties that can help kill the bacteria that cause acne. Plus, lavender oil is gentle and won’t dry out your skin like some harsh acne treatments can. Try using a facial toner that contains lavender or mixing a few drops of lavender oil into your moisturizer for a calming, acne-fighting boost.

Lavender can improve your skin’s texture and appearance

In addition to its soothing and acne-fighting benefits, lavender can also improve your skin’s overall texture and appearance. It helps promote healthy skin cell growth, which leads to a brighter, smoother complexion. Lavender can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a great anti-aging ingredient. Look for products that contain lavender essential oil or extract to get these benefits.

Lavender can help you relax and sleep better

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While not specifically a skin care benefit, lavender’s ability to calm the mind and body can indirectly improve your skin. When you’re stressed out and not getting enough sleep, it can take a toll on your skin in the form of dullness, dark circles, and breakouts. By using lavender products and incorporating lavender into your bedtime routine, you can help improve your sleep quality and reduce stress, which will lead to healthier, happier skin.

A Big Lavender Benefit is it’s versatility

One of the best things about lavender is that it can be used in so many different ways. Whether you prefer to use it in a facial oil, a bath bomb, or a room spray, you can get the benefits of lavender in just about any form you like. Plus, lavender pairs well with other natural skin care ingredients like rose, chamomile, and tea tree oil, so you can customize your skin care routine to suit your needs.

Lavender is also versatile in that it benefits all different types of skin, both dry and oily as well as sensitive.

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Conclusion:

Lavender is definitely a must-have ingredient in any natural skin care routine. Whether you’re dealing with acne, seeking anti-aging benefits, or just looking to relax and improve your sleep quality, lavender can help. Look for products that contain lavender essential oil or extract, or experiment with adding a few drops of lavender oil to your existing skin care products. Your skin (and your senses) will thank you!

Please note: even though I have researched the above list they have not necessarily been medically tested. I am NOT a doctor and am NOT dispensing medical treatment advice.   Above all, you need to proceed with caution.  Discontinue use at first sign of any adverse reaction.  People can be allergic to any substance or have varied reactions based on their own physiology.  Susan’s Soaps & More is not responsible for any negative effects from your use of lavender essential oil.  You should follow proper dilution guidelines at all times.  In short, more is not better when working with essential oils.

Sources:

Aromatherapy Workbook by Marcel Lavabre

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless

The Complete Book of Essential Oils by Valerie Ann Worwood

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