Meet Lavender. It has been a highly regarded and praised ingredient. Why? Cause is has an array of benefits in more ways than one.
Let’s take a step back and examine lavender. Is it a flower? A shrub? Or an herb? Or merely a color? If ya ask me, I’ll say it’s all of the above. Lavender is in the flowering plants of the mint family and are cultivated as a flower for the garden, includes shrubs, used as culinary herbs, is the color shade for the Lavendula angustifolia flowers. With such an extensive repertoire of uses, it’s no wonder its benefits are so widely used.
Some common lavender benefits include:
- Improves sleep
- Improves mood—emotional stress and/or anxiety
- Alleviates headaches
However, I want to focus on the benefits lavender provides on the skin itself. For starters, lavender oil is one of the only essential oils that can be used neat (without dilution). Lavender essential oil is so widely used in the growing natural skincare industry.
Antioxidant Properties. There has been research done in China, according to Dr. Axe, and it’s been “recently discovered that lavender essential oil helps your body produce three of your bodies most powerful antioxidants, glutathione, catalase, and SOD within 22 hours of using lavender essential oil!” The body is a wondrous thing and usually works to keep it optimal shape. So the body has a natural response to environmental stressors—to create antioxidant enzymes to which prevent these free radicals from doing their damage. These antioxidant enzymes are glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), which can help be produced via lavender.
Wound Healer. Lavender is also widely known for its antimicrobial properties. It’s been known to prevent various bacterial/fungal disorders as well as other various infections. Lavender oil also helps speeds the healing process of burns, scrapes, cuts, and wounds by stimulating new cell growth and regeneration.
Fights Acne. Again, with the antimicrobial properties. It’s been noted that skincare products infused with lavender oil inhibit bacteria causing acne. And for added benefit, lavender oil also works as a mild astringent to normalize oil production on the skin.
Alleviates Inflammation. Lavender also has soothing properties to help reduce inflammation. As mentioned above, it helps healing wounds, but it can help improve eczema and psoriasis as well.
Insect Repellent. Lavender is definitely a lovely soothing and calming scent for me (and I’m sure for y’all as well). However it’s not like that for some insects. It’s said that certain moquitoes, moths, and midges find lavender essential oil offensive. That too bad for them, but appreciative for me.
Excerpt from Beauty Finds Adventures “Wellness: Lavender Benefits for the Skin”.
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