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12 WONDERFUL BENEFITS AND USES OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Lavandula Angustifolia aka Lavender is one of the most popular herbs in medicinal and wellness rituals around the world due to its extremely soothing aroma and a wide array of therapeutic properties. But using lavender oil for skin and hair too has plenty of benefits.

The purple lavender buds/flowers are steam distilled to extract the essential oil which is rich in volatile compounds. This potent oil has a strong floral, woody aroma with various uses for skincare, haircare, and aromatherapy. It is a versatile oil most commonly used for alleviating stress, anxiety and reducing inflammation. 


CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF LAVENDER EO 

The main bioactive compounds present in lavender essential oil for face are linalool, linalyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, lavandulol, terpinene-4-ol, and camphor. These compounds give the oil antimicrobial, antifungal, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic as well as sedative properties.

Studies have found that inhaling the oil through aromatherapy helps reduce anxiety and depression. It can also be used for fungal infections, improving mood, promoting sound sleep, and relieving body pain.


USES AND BENEFITS OF LAVENDER OIL FOR SKIN

Not only does lavender oil impart a calming aroma to your skincare products, but it can also be used to improve your skin health. Here are a few key benefits of using lavender oil for face and body.

  1. Soothes inflammation
    Lavender oil has a calming effect that helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness caused by infections, insect bites, and skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. It can be used to soothe dry, irritated, and sensitive skin.
  2. Anti Aging
    The bioactive compounds found in the essential oil are antioxidants in nature. So they can help protect your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and UV rays that accelerate the skin’s aging process through free radical damage.
  3. Fights Acne
    Since lavender has antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, you can use lavender essential oil for face to control acne breakouts as well.
  4. Promotes Wound healing
    Using lavender oil topically helps promote collagen synthesis and stimulates fibroblasts. This helps your wounds heal faster and also reduces acne scars.
  5. Evens Out Skin Tone
    Lavender Oil can fight blemishes, reduce redness and scarring to promote a clear, even-toned complexion. 
  6. Fights Infections
    Lavender oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties which can help you deal with minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and fungal infections.

OTHER BENEFITS OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

  1. Relaxes Mind and Body
    Inhaling lavender oil calms our nerves and hence can be used to soothe your senses and unwind after a long, tiring day. It proves useful for controlling stress levels and managing anxiety disorder.
  2. Promotes Hair Growth
    Lavender oil can be used for hair loss to grow hair. The oil nourishes your hair follicles and protects them from oxidative stress which enables healthy hair growth to take place.
  3. Better Scalp Health
    Lavender oil can keep your scalp healthy with its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that provide relief from dandruff, lice, and itchy scalp too. 
  4. Keeps Bugs Away
    Lavender EO is also a natural insect repellent and can be used in a diffuser as a room freshener to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
  5. Natural Perfume
    Lavender oil can help neutralize body odor and even refresh and deodorize your underarms with its antimicrobial activity.
  6. Alleviates Pain
    The calming aroma of lavender helps reduce menstrual cramps, migraine headaches, and pain after surgeries.

HOW TO USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Juicy Chemistry’s Lavender Essential Oil is made from fresh Kashmiri lavender using the steam distillation process. It is certified organic by Ecocert and does not have any additives.

Since it is an essential oil and thus highly concentrated, we recommended diluting it with cold-pressed oils for topical applications. Here are a few ways to safely use lavender oil for skin, body and hair.

  1. For Skin
    Dilute lavender oil with one of our organic cold-pressed oils and massage it into your skin. We always recommended essential oil should not exceed 1% of the total concoction.  For eg. If you are using 100ml of carrier oil, ensure the total concentration of essential oils is NOT more than 1ml.

  2. For Hair
    Dilute lavender EO with an appropriate carrier oil of your choice. Massage this lavender hair oil into your scalp and hair and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with one of our gentle organic shampoos. Can be repeated 2-3 times a week as a therapeutic hair care ritual.

  3. For Aromatherapy
    Add a few drops of oil into your aroma diffuser to inhale its calming aroma. Or sprinkle 4-5 drops around your pillow before going to bed to improve sleep quality. You can also add a few drops into your bath water for a grant, relaxing bath.

JUICY CHEMISTRY'S PRODUCT RANGE ENRICHED WITH LAVENDER 

All these JC products are certified organic by Ecocert as per Cosmos standards.


FAQS

  • Can I use lavender oil during pregnancy?
    Please check with your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Is it safe to use lavender EO for insomnia?
    We recommend taking professional advice especially if you are on any medications.
  • Are there any side effects of using lavender oil for skin and hair?
    If you are allergic or sensitive to lavender, you may experience irritation or sensitivity. Please conduct a patch test before using it on your skin and hair.

Lavender essential oil is extremely soothing and hence can improve your skin, hair, and overall wellness.


Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/242116432_Lavender_essential_oil_A_review
https://bmccomplementmedtherapies.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12906-016-1128-7
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5878871/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4843973/

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