03 Nov Benefits of Lavender Oil.
What is Lavender & what are the benefits of Lavender oil.
Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s believed to be native to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India. lavender has an history dating as far back as 2,500 years.
In ancient times, lavender was used as a holy herb. Moreover, it was often used to freshen up and give a light scent to a variety of personal items, such as clothes and hair.
Additionally, the benefits of lavender oil have been acknowledged by many experts. Indeed, lavender oil might help with acne treatment, hair growth and relieves anxiety.
Lavender oil may benefit skin conditions.
When your skin is dry or irritated, simply spray some lavender-infused water on the area and enjoy the quick relief that it provides. This can also work for chronic conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
The antioxidant properties of lavender oil might heal wounds. Lavender oil may also help in treating blemishes and skin inflammation.
Recently, one of the most-talked-about benefit of Lavender oil is its use for treating acne. It is believed that this oil can be helpful to soothe the irritated skin. Its anti-bacterial properties will also help in killing bacteria.
People who prefer using essential oils for treating skin problems, vows by the name of lavender oil treatments for pimples and acne.
Lavender oil also has a mild astringent property. This helps in clearing out the clogged pores which is most of the time the cause of acne breakouts. (1)
Lavender for hair care.
- Lavender oil helps promote hair growth.
Lavender oil has gained attention over the past years, for stimulating hair growth. A 2016 study found that lavender oil applied to mice made them grow more hair. Their hair also grew thicker and faster than normal. (2)
Lavender oil can be helpful in controlling dandruff and hair loss when included in hair products. It also benefits all hair types and promotes healthy, shiny and manageable hair.
This benefit is way more effective when the oil can work itself into the skin. Per these studies, lavender oil may help with issues like pattern baldness.
- Lavender oil is antimicrobial.
Lavender oil has antimicrobial properties. This means it helps prevent bacteria and fungi from growing. Lavender oil may also prevent conditions such as itchy scalp or dandruff and even infections.
- Lavender oil deep conditions the hair and keeps it shiny. It is also widely used in premium natural beard oils.
Lavender oil shiny hair treatment recipe.
- 2 tbsp. of virgin coconut oil (or any other carrier oil such as jojoba or argan oil).
- 1 tsp. of lavender essential oil.
- Mix well and massage your hair thoroughly with it. Make sure you massage the ends of your hair along with the scalp (to get rid of dandruff, massage a little longer).
- If you have the time, wrap your head with a towel and keep it until you are ready for the next step.
- Rinse your hair with a shampoo and conditioner as usual.
- Repeat at least twice a week and enjoy your texture-improved shiny hair!
Slow down and reverse the hair graying process. (not sure about that one!)
According to Colleen Kaye Dodt, author of “The Essential Oils Book “Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body,” a mixture of ginger essential oil, lavender essential oil and sesame oil can be used to help reverse the graying process.
- 1/2 tsp. ginger essential oil,
- 1/2 tsp. lavender essential oil
- 10 tsp. sesame oil
- Combine the mixture in a small, clean glass bottle, and shake it to combine the ingredients.
- Gently massage a small portion of this mixture onto the roots of your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Wash of with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
- This treatment can be repeated daily as long as it doesn’t irritate your scalp.
- Unused portions of this mixture will keep for 60 days if stored in a cool, dark and dry place for later use.
Lavender oil might help with stress and anxiety.
In an New York Times article Dr. Hideki Kashiwadani, a physiologist and neuroscientist at Kagoshima university in Japan said that Lavender power claims are based on science.
In this study, they exposed mice to linalool vapor, wafting from filter paper inside a specially made chamber to see if the odor triggered relaxation. Mice on linalool were more open to exploring, indicating they were less anxious than normal mice. And they didn’t behave like they were drunk, as mice on benzodiazepines, a drug used to treat anxiety, or injected with linalool did.
But the linalool didn’t work when they blocked the mice’s ability to smell, or when they gave the mice a drug that blocks certain receptors in the brain.
This suggested that to work, linalool tickled odor-sensitive neurons in the nose that send signals to just the right spots in the brain — the same ones triggered by Valium.
Source: The New York Times.