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Ingredient Feature: Lavender

October 12, 2018

Ingredient Feature: Lavender

Lavender Essential Oil, is undoubtedly the most versatile of all the essential oils, with a range of properties ranging from antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-depressant, calming, soothing, sedative, balancing. Its unique scent relaxes the mind and body.
The soothing, antiseptic and ant-inflammatory properties of Lavender make it valuable for many skin conditions.

Lavender has been used for thousands of years, either in the form of an essential oil, or as the fresh or dried flowers. The word "lavender" comes from the Latin word "lavera," which means to wash. Greeks and Romans perfumed their bath water with Lavender and burned lavender incense to please their gods. Victorian ladies loved using lavender oil as perfume, and it was even used in the 1st World War as an antiseptic. Lavender essential oil has never lost its popularity, it’s one of the small handful of essential oils, which is still listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.  It belongs to the mint family, but its taste and aroma are unique. Its strong aroma has been described as a mix of mint and rosemary, while still retaining its sweet, floral scent. Lavender has long been enjoyed in its oil form for its lavish scent and healing effects.

Lavender Flower

How is Lavender Essential Oil Made

Lavender is usually hand harvested, this is an extremely labour intensive task. Once harvested and brought in, the freshly cut lavender is loaded into the Still ready for distillation. The Lavender steam distillation process has not changed over the centuries. The fire heats up the water in the giant kettle to produce steam. The steam passes up through the large vat containing the lavender. The heat of the steam breaks down the plants to release the lavender oil molecules which are then carried by the steam up into the condenser, this is where it’s cooled and turns back into a liquid. The steam becomes a hydrosol (also a skin care goodie!) and the lavender oil is separated out as well.

Freshly Cut Lavender Flowers

Benefits of Lavender Oil

Heals Injured Skin

Lavender essential oil has very powerful antiseptic and ant-inflammatory properties. Applying it to wounds can not only increase cell regeneration causing the wound to heal faster, but it also decreases the appearance of scars. The oils anti-microbial action protects scrapes and wounds from infection, while allowing them heal faster. Find Lavender Essential Oil in our Echinacea & Tea Tree Healing Gel to heal and repair cuts, grazes, insect bites, shaving nicks and fungal infections.

Fights Acne

Lavender is soothing, naturally antiseptic and anti-fungal. It also promotes rapid healing, making it one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne. It inhibits the bacteria, which can cause the skin to become infected, it also helps to reduce scar tissue.
We have included Lavender Essential Oil in our Lavender & Lemon Toning Mist and Echinacea & Tea Tree Healing Gel.

Soothes Eczema and Dry Skin Conditions

If you’ve been itching away at your dry skin patches with no hope in sight, it’s time to add lavender oil into your skin and body care routine for some much needed relief. Lavenders anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, calming and soothing properties make it super effective at relieving irritated skin. Gently massage our Calendula Ointment into those dry spots to promote rapid healing and smoother itch free skin.

Induces Sleep and aids relaxation

Lavender’s incredible calming, soothing and sedative properties, make it a perfect complement to your evening bath. Try our Lavender & Bergamot Bath Soak & Body Wash for your self-care experience at home.  Followed with our super luxurious Lavender & Bergamot Body Lotion.

Lavender Essential Oil

A Mum’s Best Friend

With so many practical uses, lavender has a place in every prepared mother’s bag of tricks. It’s very gentle and soothing in nature and it is one of the safest essential oils that you can use on your baby. It’s very effective in healing and calming baby’s skin and will also help your baby to have a deep sleep with its soothing properties. Never use Lavender Essential oil neat on your baby’s skin. Lavender Essential Oil has been added to our:  Chamomile & Lavender Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, Baby Massage Oil and Baby Bottom Balm to help soothe, calm and heal your baby.

Sore Muscles, Sore Joints, Arthritis

Lavender is, without question, one of the most well-known and widely recognized essential oils for relieving pain and inflammation. It contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties when used topically, is perfect for the relief of muscle pain, joint soreness, and a tired and overworked, strained body. Find Lavender Essential Oil in our Arnica & Ginger Balm to help relieve pain and inflammation in sore joints and muscles.

Your Crowning Glory

Lavender stimulates blood circulation, so it can greatly improve hair growth when messaged onto the scalp. Dandruff can also be effectively treated with Lavender essential oil. Lavender Essential oil is added to our Shea Butter & Jojoba Deep Hair Treatment to keep your hair and scalp healthy.

Helps Prevent Wrinkles

Lavender oil for skin wouldn’t be complete without telling you about its ability to help fight signs of aging. It is a wonderful moisturiser and it stimulates circulation and increases blood flow to the skin. This improves the skins appearance by increasing the delivery of much needed nutrients along with oxygen. All of these factors work together to promote skin health and a radiant, glowing complexion. Moisturise daily for a younger glowing complexion with our Multi-Vitamin Age Defence Face Cream.

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