Posted on February 09 2016
Just the sound of the word brings on memories of spas and relaxation. Lavender tea and lavender sugar are evocative of a gentle, slower moving time .... one in which lavender pot pourri sachets are tucked into your linen closet and lavender pillows lull you to restful sleep.
Lavender is also widely used in the beauty industry and has these surprising benefits of which you may not be aware.
CLEANSING BENEFITS: Lavender oil is one of the few potent essential oils that can inhibit the growth of skin bacteria. Some dermatologists recommend it as a more natural way to treat mild acne. Lavender oil also does not block pores and is hence non-comodogenic. Our favourite face mask is Ma Earth Botanicals Lavender Scrub, which cleanses and also dispels stress and nerves, both of which cause skin to break out, as well as makes it appear coarse and lifeless.
DETOXING BENEFITS: Lavender oil contains powerful anti-oxidants that help combat the taxing impact of environmental pollutants on the skin. A lavender-infused body wash like this one from BioBloom can calm your nerves and your skin after a long and stressful day.
RELAXING BENEFITS: Lavender’s primary attraction is its famed calming aromatherapy effect, which is why it is so popular in massage oils and other body products. The science behind its use in spas and other aromatherapy treatments lies in the fact that the scent of lavender increases alpha waves in the area of the brain responsible for relaxation. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil in your bath water or use a lavender scented moisturiser like this one from Fuschia after a shower. Dab some essential oils on your wrists and temples for a more restful night's sleep.
SEDUCTIVE BENEFITS - AHEM!: We have been told by the most reliable of sources that the scent of lavender can actually boost arousal in men. Look no further than this Garden Lavender Cream to get right in the mood for Valentines Day :-)
Do you have any favourite lavender fragranced products or home made tips using lavender essential oil to share with us? We would love to hear from you gorgeous!