Aromatherapy: Add a few droplets to a diffuser or to a bathtub filled with warm water for calming and relaxing experiences. Skin care: Apply to your skin or purchase products with the oil for skin rejuvenation, acne reduction, fungal reduction, or burn and scar healing effects. Hair care: Massage the oil into your scalp or purchase products which already contain lavender oil ingredients to increase hair growth, hair thickness, scalp health, and more.
More on lavender
Lavender (Lavandula) is a flowering plant which is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae. The plant grows best in locations with a Mediterranean climate, for example France, which has mild winters and sunny summers. Lavender grown in humid areas may experience fungal issues. In the past, lavender was mostly grown for fragrance and perfumery purposes. Although still grown for perfumes, more recently lavender is in high demand in essential oil form for other uses such as aromatherapy, skincare and haircare.
Lavender for aromatherapy
In order to convert lavender into an essential oil, lavender flowers undergo the process of distillation followed by condensing of the steam. This steam is then converted into liquid form. The preference for lavender essential oil goes far beyond its popular scent. For example, lavender oil is often applied to one’s skin (typically chest, neck, or back), added to a diffuser, or added into a hot bath to diffuse the oil for aromatherapy purposes. When used for aromatherapy, lavender essential oil creates feelings of relaxation and calmness while helping to promote wellness by improving physical and psychological well-being. Further, when having trouble sleeping, individuals may fill their pillows with lavender flowers or apply a few drops of lavender oil to the skin directly.
Lavender ingredients in cosmetics
Adding lavender oil in cosmetic formulations has several positive impacts. When included in skin care products, lavender essential oil acts as a skin cell regenerator and penetrates pores to help balance skin oil production. Lavender oil is specifically added to products for sensitive skin, dehydrated skin, acne-prone skin, and scarred or burned skin due to its soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. Lavender is also a key ingredient in personal care products applied to one's hair. Lavender oil can speed up hair growth through generating the growth of cells in addition to helping increase the thickness of hair. Besides for hair growth, lavender oil in hair care products applied to the scalp have positive results in preventing scalp issues such as dandruff, infections and itchiness due to anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender shines as a versatile ingredient acting as a natural healer in a variety of ways.