‘It was our favourite part of the day, this in-between time, and it always seemed to last longer than it should–a magic and lavender space unpinned from the hours around it, between worlds.’ Paula Mclain
The skin benefits of lavender oil are so many that it comes close to being magical. As another quotation, this time from Robert Tisserand, proclaims:
‘Oils of cinnamon and eucalyptus are as powerful against some microorganisms as conventional antibiotics, and are especially effective against flus. Sandalwood oil from Mysore, India, is not only a classic perfume oil but is also a traditional remedy for sore throats and laryngitis. Lavender oil, so often used in toilet waters and scented sachets, has a dramatic healing action on burns.’
How we use lavender oil
Here at Pink&Green Organic Skincare we put lavender essential oil to good use in several of our organic skincare products. So we thought we’d share with you some of the reasons why.
As we’ve seen from the Robert Tisserand quotation, lavender oil has healing qualities when it comes to burns, with its ability to promote growth of new cells. That capability also makes it useful in soothing allergic skin reactions, eczema and psoriasis. It can also lessen acne, help to lighten the skin and smooth out wrinkles. So, it’s for all these reasons that lavender oil is an ingredient in our organic, nourishing facial oil and more besides.
In its essential oil form, lavender can be good for scalp inflammation as this Healthline article explains.A 2012 study observed topical use of lavender oil on skin inflammations and ulcers too. The oil reduced inflammation and sped up the healing process.
Sleep problems soothed
This magical essential oil is well-known too for its sleep-assisting and stress-soothing properties. This is no old wives’ tale as this article, can lavender help you sleep better, from Restonic.Com points out.
Researchers used brain scans to track the sleep cycles of some volunteers. They found that lavender increased slow-wave sleep. That’s the one that’s instrumental in slowing heartbeat and relaxing muscles. On alternate nights they sprinkled the volunteers’ pillows with distilled water instead of lavender. The volunteers enjoyed sounder sleep on the lavender nights.
Wide geographic usage
Lavender oil has good claim to the title of most used essential oil in the modern world. But of course, understanding its properties and applications is not modern or new in the slightest.
As Dr Axe.Com points out, in his 10 lavender oil benefits for both major diseases and minor ailments, we humans have benefitted from lavender’s bounty for over 2,500 years. It’s powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and anti-depressive properties, have led to its cosmetic and therapeutic use for centuries. Indeed, the Egyptians, so ahead of the curve in so many things, used lavender both for mummification and as a scent. It’s reputed that, when Howard Carter opened King Tut’s tomb back in 1923 (3000 years after his death), a faint scent of lavender wafted out.
Lavender oil then, verges on being a go-to oil. As Karen Rose points out: ‘If you had to choose an oil…it would have to be lavender essential oil, because it is antibacterial and antiviral. So, it’s great to have when people around you are sick. You can also use it to relax.’
We’ve seen that lavender oil is soothing, balancing and restorative. Its presence promotes new cell growth and thus skin regeneration. A panacea for allergies, inflammation, spots, burns, eczema and psoriasis it also balances sebum and cleans and disinfects.
Any wonder that we love it so much at Pink&Green Skincare?
So, what are you waiting for? Browse our on-line shop today and enjoy the skin benefits of lavender oil tomorrow.