Seeing as it’s a new year, and many of us enjoy trying something new I’m going to be sharing some posts within a mini series where I’ll be listing the benefits of different ingredients you often see within beauty products. When you look at the back of a beauty product, the ingredients list can be overwhelming especially as brands sometimes use the chemical name for substances such as aqua for water. I know aqua is an obvious one, but lavender for example is lavandula and you might not have a clue unless you’d read up on it. Kicking off this series, I’m sharing the benefits of lavender oil…
The Benefits of Lavender Oil
How do you make lavender oil?
Lavender oil is made from lavender and oil. You can create lavender oil from distilling lavender, which then creates the lavender essential oil. When you make lavender oil, the process involves distilling the flower buds, capturing the steam and condensing it into a liquid. Lavender contains an oil that seems to have sedating effects and might relax certain muscles. It also seems to have antibacterial and antifungal effects.
How can you use lavender oil?
Lavender oil can be taken orally, applied to the skin or breathed in for aromatherapy. Lavender oil works to kill bacteria, and can be used to both prevent and heal breakouts. It’s recommended not to apply lavender oil directly to the skin, and instead mixing with a carrier oil beforehand. Coconut oil works really well as a carrier for lavender oil, and you can then apply the mixture to the skin post cleanse to treat active breakouts and fading blemishes.
You can also create a DIY lavender toner by mixing two drops of lavender oil with one single teaspoon of witch hazel, and then soak some cotton wool in the mixture and gently apply to the skin. If that combination proves to be a little too strong for the skin, you can always add a little water to help dilute, and reduce the amount of lavender oil.
Lavender oil works well for inflammation and swelling too, as the oil has both pain relieving and numbing effects which therefore help soothe any inflammation, while the beta-caryophyllene in the oil also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Other benefits of using lavender oil include;
- Soothing eczema
- Improving dry skin
- Reducing inflammation / redness
- Treating sunburn
- Helps to heal wounds
- Speed up healing process for burns, cuts, scrapes and scratches
- Reduce scarring
- Insect repellent
- Assisting in the management of anxiety and depression
- Improve sleep onset and quality
Negatives of lavender oil
Lavender oil can cause skin irritations or reactions, so it doesn’t always work well for those with more sensitive skin. Consuming lavender oil has toxic effects, and should never be ingested unless told to do so by a medical professional.
There are many benefits of using lavender oil within both your beauty routine, but also your daily life. It’s not something a lot of people would think to own within their medicine cupboard, but it has multiple health benefits and is generally a low priced oil but it’s even cheaper if you purchase it as a pure essential oil and mix it with a carrier oil yourself.
I hope you found The Benefits of Lavender Oil helpful.