Lavender has been around for ages and it’s history goes back some 2500 years. As the founders of perfume, it is no wonder that this ingredient was in high demand by the Egyptians.
The Romans used lavender oils for cooking, bathing and scenting the air.
Victorian ladies used lavender oil as perfumes and it was even used in World War 1 as an antiseptic.
Today, many of us are realizing the need to live sustainable and natural lives. There is a general awareness that the chemicals in cosmetics we use daily are actually flushed into our Eco system. Thus causing harm to us all. Being the multi purpose solution that it is, it is no wonder lavender is back on the scene today!
This flowering plant belongs to the mint family. It’s aroma can be described as a mix of mint and rosemary with a sweet floral tones. Here’s an overview of the skin benefits:
Lavender Skin Benefits
Antioxidants for skin
The free radicals from toxins, pollutants, chemicals and daily life stress are responsible for cellular damage. This cause wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Lavender oil contain antioxidants to combat free radicals in the body and slows down the aging process and alleviate skin damage.
Antibacterial for acne prone skin
Acne often flares up when your skin is actually dry and does not have enough oil. Your dry skin start to produce your natural skin oil, namely “sebum” to compensate and as a result you end up with clogged pores and even acne. Lavender oil will moisturize your skin and act as an antibacterial for your clogged pores and acne. Full coverage makeup usually clog pores too, but now you can prevent it!
Moisturizes dry skin & soothes Eczema
Lavender is perfect to balance your skin’s moisture barrier. Never leaving your skin too dry of too oily.
Ant-inflammatory for irritated skin
Lavender reduces redness and acne scarring and provide numbing effects to soothe inflammation and as a result can aid in skin lightening since it reduces inflammation. It reduces discoloration, including dark spot, heals skin that is red from sun burn, insect bites or bacteria. It will also keep insects away.
Antiseptic for wounds
Lavender helps skin heal faster and fights off infection at the same time. This is due to its natural antimicrobial properties. It speeds up the wound healing process and research in 2016 revealed that it promotes the healing of skin tissue. It is used since ancient Greek for the treatment of burns and other skin injuries.
Lavender has calming and sedative properties to help fight stress and promote sleep and its proven effective by leading researchers as a natural remedy for treating signs of anxiety. In a study published in the journal Phytomedicine, lavender oil was shown to be just as effective as the pharmaceutical drug lorazepam (Ativan).
If you are ever wondering which natural product to use instead of all those singular purpose cosmetics in your bathroom, you wont go wrong with a Lavender product. It is a must have item in any first aid kit too!