The Many Benefits of Using Lavender Oil
As anyone who has ever enjoyed the soothing scent of lavender oil knows, this natural product can have a calming effect on the mind and body. But what could you be using it for other than for aromatherapy? Let’s dive in and see.
Lavender oil contains several components that are beneficial for the skin including linalool, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, and camphor. What are these components?
- Linalool is the active chemical component found in lavender and is an anti-stress and soothing ingredient
- Linalyl acetate anti-inflammatory agent
- Terpinen-4-ol is a strong antibacterial agent.
- Camphor can reduce irritation, decrease itchiness, minimize muscle pain, induce sleep, and improve blood circulation
As its properties are naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and make for a gentle non-comedogenic moisturizer, lavender oil has many benefits for skin. It is even recommended to treat wounds, burns, and the dryness resulting from eczema.
Here’s some ways it can help:
Reduces Inflammation and Acne
Lavender oil can help reduce inflammation and swelling. This is especially beneficial for those who suffer from acne, as lavender oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can help to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and reduce redness. To use lavender oil for acne, mix a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil (or use our Farm Girl Face Cleansing Oil which contains lavender). Apply the mixture to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.
Fights Free Radicals
Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and lead to premature aging. Lavender oil is rich in antioxidants, which fight against free radicals and help keep your skin looking young and healthy.
Helps Heal Wounds
Lavender oil has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The antimicrobial properties of lavender oil make it an effective treatment for wounds. It was even used during World War I to disinfect wounds. When applied to cuts, scrapes, or other minor wounds, lavender oil can help assist the healing process.
Lavender oil can also be used to soothe sunburns. The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of lavender oil can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with sunburns. To use lavender oil for sunburn relief, mix a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil (or try our lavender rich Farm Girl Body Oil). Apply the mixture to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off with cool water. Repeat this process as often as needed until your sunburn subsides.
Moisturizes Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, you may want to try using lavender oil as a natural moisturizer. This is because lavender oil can help to improve skin hydration and prevent moisture loss. To use lavender oil for dry skin, mix a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil (or try out our Dream Lavender Body Oil). Apply the mixture and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off with cool water. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to your bathtub filled with warm water to help moisturize your whole body at once!
Therapeutically, lavender's relaxing fragrance can help to calm the mind and ease tension. In what way?
Lavender oil can be used as a natural sleep aid.
If you're having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, try adding a few drops of lavender oil to your pillow before bedtime. The relaxing scent of lavender will help to ease you into a restful slumber.
Lavender oil can be used to relieve stress and anxiety.
In today's fast-paced world, it's not surprising that more and more people are suffering from stress and anxiety. If you're looking for a natural way to calm your nerves, try diffusing lavender oil in your home or office. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to your bathtub for a relaxing soak at the end of a long day.
Lavender oil can be used to treat headaches and migraines.
If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, lavender oil may be able to help. Massaging a few drops of lavender oil into your temples can help to relieve headaches and tension migraines.
Some additional suggested uses with lavender oil could be to use it:
- as a massage oil
- as a shaving oil
- as a facial toner
- in your body soap
- and in your body butters and lotions.
With its wide range of benefits, it's no wonder that lavender oil has become one of the most popular essential oils!
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