5 Ways Lavender Oil Benefits The Skin
PJ Johnson, Oh It’s Natural, Owner
18 August 2019
You can use lavender oil for skin care, body care, and aromatherapy to reap its many benefits. From its acne purifying to relaxation and almost everything in between.
The aromatic and pretty purple Lavender plant is one that I have grown up with. My grandmother used it as far back as I can remember in her homemade recipes.
Lavender essential oil provides many natural benefits for the skin. It acts as an extraordinary natural therapy for scars. It has antibacterial and antifungal factors which aid in supporting wound healing. It promotes the development of healthy skin cells and it is potent against acne, inflamed pimples, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other infections.
Where does Lavender Oil Come From
Lavender is a member of the mint family and classed as a herb with 25-30 known flowering species. Native to the Mediterranean countries, it can be traced back to the Greeks and Romans who both used it to scent their bathing water and it is believed the word Lavender stems from the Latin word lavo meaning to wash.
In ancient times The Egyptians, Arabs and Phoenicians were known to use Lavender in their traditional mummification of the dead and in perfumes.
The Arabs are then credited with spreading the domestic Lavender plant through Europe. With conquerors and voyagers during this period it is believed that the plant was reintroduced to France, Italy, England and Spain. It was not until the 17th century that Lavender made its way into the Americas with the pilgrim fathers.
How to Use Lavender Oil
How you use lavender oil depends on what you’re treating. You can put it on your skin with or without a carrier oil to form a lotion. I recommed using a carrier oil. If you’re putting it on a damaged part of your skin, it’s often best to use a cotton ball. For wrinkles and dry skin, you can apply the oil directly with your hands.
6 Benefits of Using Lavender Oil On Your Skin
1. Anti-inflammatory helper
Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites.
2. Natural Acne treatment
In it’s organic form lavender oil will not clog pores. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties may be a more natural solution to mild acne.
DIY – To create your own lavender facial toner, mix a few drops of lavender oil with some witch hazel. The lavender works to heal and treat breakouts, while the witch hazel tones your complexion. Dab the solution onto a cotton ball and apply to cleansed skin
3. Soothes Eczema and Dry Skin Conditions
Lavender Oil is really good for skin with redness due to rosacea and skin that is irritated by eczema. I recommend using this essential oil with a carrier oil, or add a few drops of it to your bath water when you have skin sensitivities.
4. Helps to prevent wrinkles
Lavender Oil increases blood flow to the skin tissues because it is a circulatory stimulant. This will improve the appearance of the fine lines on the skin by increasing the delivery of much needed nutrients. The lines will fill in so to speak.
5. Lightens dark spots
Lavender can lighten the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by the acne. It also helps to promote wound healing by increasing collagen and regenerates tissue.
DIY — dilute with a carrier oil and massage into affected areas daily for at least 1 week. Works fast. Best if used at the beginning phase of scar treatment.
“Stimulates the production of collagen which gives strength to skin cells and improves skin rejuvenation. Lightens the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by the acne.“
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