Lavender is the marmite of the essential oils’ world. People either love it or hate it. The smell is unmistakable, and this is where people usually decide on which side they are on.
But did you know Lavender has many uses and benefits?
It is quite useful to have a bottle in your medicine cabinet just in case, here’s why:
Lavender oil is a multi-purpose oil. It has antifungal, antiseptic, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties, to name just a few. But it can also benefit the skin in a number of different ways.
As mentioned, lavender has antibacterial properties. Therefore, it can help to heal acne breakouts. Applied topically it can unclog pores and reduce inflammation. Always dilute lavender oil before applying to the skin. Dilute it in coconut oil and apply to clean dry skin.
Lavender oil can also be used as a toner. Mix a couple of drops of lavender oil with one teaspoon of witch hazel and apply all over the face with a cotton pad.
Eczema and Psoriasis
As we know eczema and psoriasis can pop up anywhere on the body. It can vary from mild to chronic with little warning. Because of lavenders anti-inflammatory properties, it can keep them both at bay.
If you already have an episode of either, lavender oil can help cleanse your skin and lessen any irritation or redness. Just mix two drops of lavender oil and two drops of tea tree oil, along with two teaspoons of coconut oil and apply with a cotton pad. You can use it daily.
Burns can be treated with lavender oil. Because of its pain-relieving and numbing effects it can help soothe inflammation. To use on a burn use three drops of lavender oil and two teaspoons of coconut oil.
If you have some sunburn putting some in a spray bottle will help use ¼ cup of aloe vera juice, 2 tablespoons of water and 10 drops of lavender oil. Use the spray two/three times daily all over the area.
Wounds and scars
If you have a cut, scrape or scar, lavender oil can help speed up the healing process. Mix a couple of drops of lavender oil with coconut oil and apply on the wound with a cotton pad. If your wound has healed, you can use the same method to reduce the appearance of scars.