Reflecting on the changing seasons, I could not help but think about how the skin reacts to flower based ingredients in products, of which I could not help but think of good old lavender. Its scent and aroma fill the lungs as does the sun on a spring morning.
Lavender is found in many beauty products. That sweet, intoxicating scent has been arousing our senses since ancient Greeks discovered that breaking up its dry leaves released a scent so delicate and absorbing that it would be one of the most sought after beauty plants around. Lavender, an herb derived from a flowering plant that is part of the mint family, is widely grown in gardens. It is typically found in the Mediterranean, of which the region of Provence, in South France is most famous for. This beautiful flower is used for medicinal, decorative and aromatherapy purposes.
The benefits of lavender in skincare are vast. Lavender oil contains antiseptic and antifungal properties and has been used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis and other inflammations. Lavender is good for both normal or dry skin. Cosmetically, it appears to be a cell regenerator. It prevents scarring and stretch marks and reputedly slows the development of wrinkles. It also heals cuts, wounds, burns, sunburns and skin infections.
Commonly used in aromatherapy, its essential oils can be used alone or mixed with other oils to be applied to the skin. The many health benefits of lavender essential oil include easing the nervous system, enhancing blood circulation and treating respiratory problems.
Lavender is primarily used in connection with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and mood disturbances. Many recent and past studies showing lavender’s effectiveness in producing calming, soothing, and anticonvulsive effects in those who use it. Of several fragrances tested by aromatherapy researchers, lavender was most effective at relaxing brain waves and reducing stress. It also reduces computer errors by almost one-fourth when used to scent the office (hmm, maybe mySkin should consider this!).
Lavender also treats indigestion, including colic, and boosts immunity and is widely thought to be a great insect repellent, appetite stimulant, immune system stimulant and aphrodisiac.
Mix 10 drops of pure lavender essential oil to one cup of distilled water, and spray on your bed linens and pillows using a misting bottle for a delicate fragrance in your room and some lavender laced sweet dreams.
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