By Ugochi Obiajunwa
Lavender oil or LO is one of the most widely used essential oils, It is native to the Mediterranean mountains. It is not just known for its calming fragrance, but for its many health properties. The oil is extracted from small blue-violet flowers of the short lavender shrub; it has a distinct aroma and is used as a remedy for conditions ranging from anxiety to alopecia, insomnia, eczema, fatigue and even depression. Lavender oil is often claimed to be a good stimulant for hair growth and an effective remedy for skin problems. Having a bottle of lavender is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.
Here’s what lavender oil can do for your skin and hair:
Benefits of Lavender Oil to Hair
- Hair Loss
Is your hair falling off? Or are you diagnosed with alopecia (hair loss from the immune system mistakenly attacking hair follicles)? You should invest in a bottle of lavender oil. Regular massage with this oil helps in controlling hair loss and improving hair growth by increasing blood circulation.
- Lice and Dandruff
Scientists claim lavender oil is the second best in getting rid of head lice after tea tree oil. However, it is not just head lice that this essential oil can combat. Going by user anecdotes, lavender oil is a good home remedy for dandruff because of its antifungal properties. To get rid of head lice, massage your scalp with lavender oil 20 minutes before shampooing. Lavender essential oil can help you get rid of dry itchy scalp and dandruff. You can mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of olive or almond oil and heat the mixture for about 10 seconds. Massage your scalp with this warm oil mixture and put on a shower cap. Wash off with a mild shampoo after an hour.
Benefits of Lavender Oil to Skin
- UV Rays Screen
Applying lavender oil on your face and body before stepping out can protect your skin from harsh UV rays of the sun. Lavender has been awarded a patent for the curative effect it has on the skin and for reducing laxity and early signs of aging. Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritated skin. Lavender oil holds many soothing properties that are perfect for calming occasional skin irritations. If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun and find your skin irritated, reach for a bottle of Lavender essential oil. The next time you are dealing with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with Lavender essential oil.
2. Heals Burns
Lavender has some antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which plays a vital role here. The oil is beneficial in healing the burns, and also helps treat the scars caused by them (or scars caused by injuries. Add a few drops of lavender oil to the burnt area after keeping it under running water for about 10 minutes. Doing so can accelerate the healing process.
- Treats Insect Bites:
This at times might not turn out to be a very serious problem but at the time the insect stings it can be really painful. Simply add a few drops of lavender oil on the insect bite and see the itching and swelling decrease considerably. Lavender oil can act as a good insect repellant and it has been traditionally used for treating insect bites.
4. Serves as a Toner:
Lavender tones and makes your skin firm as it boosts circulation, thus resulting in an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrition to the skin cells. This helps in keeping the cells healthy and boosting their renewal process. You can make a toner at home with lavender and water. Boil 100 ml of water in a bowl and then put in the lavender buds, so that they are completely submerged. Cover the bowl, leaving the brew to steep for a few hours. Drain the mixture into a clean glass bottle and refrigerate it. Spray some of this lavender water on a cotton pad and gently wipe your face with it (after washing your face in the morning). This will refresh your skin like a toner.
So now that you have been exposed to some of the benefits of lavender oil, get a bottle of the essential oil today and give your hair and skin a treat.