Lavender is a herb plant that has 39 different species. It originated in the coastal hills of the Mediterranean and was spread throughout Europe by the Romans. Today lavender is found in Cape Verde, Canary Islands, Southern Europe, Northern and Eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, Southwest Asia and South-East India. Many species of lavender are grown for decorative uses but some are also used as culinary herbs and for production of essential oils.
Lavandula officinalis also known as the True Lavender or English Lavender is the most popular species. It is cultivated widely for extraction of Lavender essential oil. Lavandula officinalis is prized for its rich fragrance. It is commonly referred to as ‘Lavender’ and the popular colour ‘Lavender’ also got its name from the shade of the special flowers of Lavandula officinalis. English lavender yields a highly effective essential oil with very sweet overtones that can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. Lavender needs full sun and good drainage to grow. English lavender can tolerate cold temperatures, winds, rain and snow and grow very well if, it gets good drainage.
Uses of lavender essential oil
If you are suffering from mild acne, mix 1-4 drops of lavender oil into 1 Tbsp. of almond/olive oil and apply to the skin. To treat serious acne problems, mix 1 drop of lavender oil with 4 drops of tea-tree oil. Use sterilised cotton ball to apply the mixture. For body acne, you can use lavender oil in a bath. Add a few drops of lavender oil to the water tub and have a bath for 15 minutes. Lavender oil is usually mild on skin and does not cause dryness unlike other pharmaceuticals acne remedies. When used regularly, it can reduce breakouts.
A study in Scotland by dermatologists showed that when lavender essential oil was massaged on the scalps of alopecia patients, they noticed new hair growth in 7 months. This proves that lavender essential oil can aid in hair growth. To massage it on scalp, mix it with thyme, cedarwood, rosemary, jojoba essential oil and grapeseed essential oil.
Stretch Mark Remedy
Women often experience stretch marks in the later stages of pregnancy. This is more evident on thighs and abdominal area. To prevent stretch marks or to reduce its appearance, mix 4 drops of lavender oil with 3 drops of neroli oil, 3 drops of mandarin oil and 50 ml jojoba oil. Massage gently into the skin every day.
Lavender oil is very effective on sunburns on face and body. To get relief in sunburns, mix a few drops of lavender oil in aloe gel and apply to the affected area.
Lavender oil can be used in facial steams to experience better results. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and some rose petals to the warm water. Cover your head with towel and take the steam for ten to fifteen minutes. Sprinkle cold water on face after this and pat dry.
Make your own facial mask by mixing 2 drops of lavender oil, 1 drop of lemon oil, 1 drop of rose oil and 3 Tbsp. honey. This is an excellent toning and cleansing mask. Let the mask rest on your face and neck for 7-10 minutes.
You can get rid of blackheads by applying lavender oil to the affected area. For this, mix 2 drops of lavender oil with four drops of tea-tree oil and rub gently on blackheads.
If you are suffering from cracked heals, mix few drops of lavender oil to a moisturizing lotion. Massage your heels with this mixture at bedtime. Cover the feet with socks, leave overnight and wake up with soft-supple heels. Do this daily till the heels become completely smooth.
Lavender oil can be mixed with shampoo for its aromatic properties. It is also a mood enhancer. It suits all types of hair. Add 30 drops of lavender oil to a bottle of shampoo (16 oz.)
If you want to make your natural anti-dandruff shampoo, mix 12 drops of lavender oil with 8 drops of tea-tree oil and 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar. Massage this on scalp with fingers for 5 minutes. Rinse well. This will loosen the flakes and they will fall off. It will also reduce itching and make your hair look and feel good.
Lavender oil can be used for making floral body spray for women. You will need a spray bottle with medium size nozzle. Put 2 cups of distilled water in the spray bottle and add 3 Tbsp. vodka to it. Other unscented alcohol can also be used. Now, add 8 drops of lavender oil, 8 drops of rose oil and 4 drops of citrus oil to it and use as a body spray.
Reversing grey hair
A combination of lavender essential oil, sesame oil and ginger oil is effective in reversing the greying of the hair. Mix half tsp lavender essential oil, half tsp ginger essential oil and 10 tsp sesame oil in a glass bottle. Shake well before use. Massage a small amount on scalp for 15 minutes prior to shampoo. This treatment can be done daily.
To turn your dry, chapped hands into soft and beautiful hands, mix 4 drops of lavender oil with a small amount of almond or jojoba oil and massage your hands two times a day with this or apply this on hands after you wash them.
Make your own refreshing and relaxing bath salt at home by mixing 10 drops of lavender oil with Epsom salt, table salt and powdered milk.
Deep conditioning hair
Combine 10 drops of lavender oil with a cup of warm olive oil. Apply on your hair and scalp and cover the hair with a shower cap. Leave this overnight and wash off with a mild shampoo the next morning.
I hope these fifteen very easy to follow beauty secrets of Lavender oil help all of you to be beautiful and stay beautiful.
Vineeta Sinha, the owner and president of Vineeta Constructions Co. is a writer and blogger at heart. An economics graduate, the talented writer has been in the writing industry for years. When asked about how she manages the two very different professions, she says, “Construction business is what me and my husband who is a civil engineer dreamt of together and I am glad we succeeded but writing is something I have been doing years before I stepped into the construction world. I was very young when I realized that there was a hidden passion for writing in me and I unveiled it through my school magazine for the very first time and there has been no looking back since then. Though construction contributes more in running my world, writing is something that completes me.”