Properties of Lavender Essential Oil
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One of the most popular scents for soaps, perfumes, skin care, and hair care is lavender. Lavender manages to be simultaneously relaxing and refreshing with a nice, light, floral aroma. In fact, within the area of aromatherapy, lavender is one of the most easily identified scents and it is known to have specific properties that cause a soothing and calming effect. Lavender can help reduce anxiety or even be used to promote a restful night’s sleep, while research has indicated that the scent of lavender lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
The properties of lavender essential oil are many and varied. In addition to its mood-boosting and calming nature, lavender essential oil takes all of the great benefits of this plant and makes them easily usable as a beauty and skin care aid. Lavender oil is high in antioxidants and vitamins A and E. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, prevents signs of aging by protecting skin from damaging free-radicals. It also helps with cell regeneration, resulting in baby-soft skin over time. Another vitamin which helps prevent sun damage is vitamin E, also found within lavender essential oil, and it prevents damage from UV rays. Furthermore, vitamin E serves as a skin emollient, which means that it keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized in a natural way. It calms itchy skin and functions as a natural anti-inflammatory to help reduce redness, swelling, and dryness of the skin.
Benefits of Using Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is easily absorbed by the hair and scalp, and brings with it many great benefits. It is one of the most popular essential oils for hair. It is good for all varieties of natural hair types, but has extra advantages when it comes to dry or coarse hair. Lavender oil provides an extra moisture boost to prevent itchiness and flaking, and restores dry, brittle ends to a silky smooth texture.
Many of the more common hair problems are easily treatable with this oil. For instance, if you are prone to dandruff, massaging your scalp with lavender oil and letting it sit for a few minutes before shampooing it out can really help ease the problem, leaving your hair healthier and more vibrant.
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If your hair has been damaged by wind, sun, or excessive heat styling, lavender oil can help repair this damage. Clean and healthy hair is promoted through minerals and vitamins A, B, C, and E. Citrus ingredients found in lavender oil can aid in restoring hair’s natural shine and be easily absorbed for silkier hair. It improves blood circulation to the scalp, helping promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. Lavender not only prevents hair shedding, it can even be used to prevent lice. Keeping lavender oil in your medicine cabinet can come in very handy. It is an effective antifungal and antiseptic treatment. Antifungals are used to treat athlete’s foot, among other conditions, while antiseptics are used to reduce the chances of infection. Of course, you should always consult with your healthcare professional before beginning to use essential oils or other over-the-counter type treatments. Lavender oil is also quite mild and pleasant, making it a great option for those who practice Oil Pulling.
What’s the only thing better than an effective essential oil? Two essential oils! Mixing lavender with tea tree oil, for instance, is a highly useful combination often found in shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products. This duo works wonders for removing excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells which often stick to the surface of the scalp, resulting in dull, lackluster hair. As it removes these impurities, it simultaneously moisturizes the scalp and hair, leaving them clean and soft.
Other Essential Essential Oils
Did you know that lavender is actually a member of the mint family (scientifically known as the lamiaceae family)? It’s not the only family member from which essential oils are derived, either. Peppermint essential oil is another well-known and commonly used oil. Peppermint is a hybrid between spearmint and watermint, and is used to treat various issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in the short-term, nerve and muscle pain, and respiratory tract problems.
Other essential oils, which can be used individually or mixed together with lavender oil, include jojoba, evening primrose, argan, and lemongrass.
Jojoba oil is one of the more nourishing oils that you can use. It’s also effective at removing buildup such as dirt and dead skin cells from the pores, leaving skin with a radiant and vibrant appearance. It can be applied to the hair and either rinsed out or kept as an effective leave-in conditioner.
Evening primrose oil can be used to moisturize skin and improve conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It eases inflammation and itching, as well as dry patches, to improve the look and feel of skin. It also balances hormones.
Argan oil has often been touted for its abilities to tame frizzy and unruly hair, delivering moisture right where it is needed. Argan can also be used to treat acne and skin blemishes.
Lemongrass oil is a natural moisture retainer, ensuring that skin gets — and stays — hydrated. Applying it after showering, or really anytime, leaves the skin feeling luxuriously soft and smooth.
Lavender Oil for Relaxation
Life can be so stressful at times. Between our families, friends, work, and other responsibilities, there are some days where we just need to take time for ourselves and unwind after a particularly challenging week. So what are you waiting for? Run some warm water in the tub, grab a good book or a glass of your favorite wine (or even both!), and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bath. A relaxed mental state is vital to leading a serene and peaceful life, and sometimes, a nice hot bath and some time to unwind is exactly what the doctor ordered. You will feel like a brand new person afterwards.
The best way to follow up your bath, naturally, is with a great lavender oil-infused massage. Lavender makes a great massage oil for a number of reasons; namely, its natural moisturizing properties and its light viscosity which ensure that pores won’t feel clogged. Lavender oil is non-greasy as well, meaning you will feel hydrated and smooth, never sticky. Combine it with your other favorite essential oils for the ultimate de-stressing experience.