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.
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.
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.
Since lavender has antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, you can use lavender essential oil for face to control acne breakouts as well.
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.
Evens Out Skin Tone
Lavender Oil can fight blemishes, reduce redness and scarring to promote a clear, even-toned complexion.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lavender oil can help neutralize body odor and even refresh and deodorize your underarms with its antimicrobial activity.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Lavender Water Toner: A floral toning mist that balances ph levels and hydrates your skin.
- Saffron, Marula & Ylang Ylang Face Wash: A gentle cleanser that hydrates and protects your skin.
- Australian Sandalwood & Myrrh Night Cream: A rich and nourishing moisturizer that soothes and repairs skin.
- Damask Rose & Coffee Eye Cream: An eye cream that deeply nourishes your skin and reduces under-eye dark circles.
- Frankincense & Hemp Facial Oil: A nourishing oil that controls acne and blemishes.
- Neroli, Rosehip & Tamanu Organic Body Butter: A body moisturizer that reduces the appearance of stretch marks and pigmentation.
- Neem Butter, Pumpkin & Ginger Hair Mask: A pre-shampoo conditioning mask that soothes the scalp and reduces itching.
- Marula, Argan & Lavender Hair Oil: A lightweight hair oil that deep conditions the hair and controls hair fall.
- Carrot, Rosehip & Neroli Organic Cold Processed Soap: A handmade soap bar to reduce scarring and pigmentation.
- Lemon & Lavender Bath Salt & Foot Soak: Bath salt to relax and relieve strained muscles.
- Kokum, Myrrh & Hazelnut Hand & Foot Cream: A deeply nourishing moisturizer for your hands and feet.
- Fenugreek, Brahmi & Plantain Shampoo Bar: A soothing shampoo bar that gently cleanses your scalp.
All these JC products are certified organic by Ecocert as per Cosmos standards.
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.