Spotlight on Lavender
I find that there can sometimes be a stigma around lavender, with it oft quickly being discounted before it can actually prove itself. Perhaps it's because many of us associate it with ageing pot pourri, talcum powder or powdery soap.
If you're one of those people, please do read on, because lavender is the type of essential oil that can improve your life on so many levels!
Sometimes referred to as the "mother" of essential oils, Lavender is suitable for all skin types and is one of the most valuable essential oils, assisting myriad conditions. It's a true all 'rounder!
Native to the Mediterranean region, the main producers of true lavender are Bulgaria and France. We use both Bulgarian and Australian lavender in our products currently.
The origins behind the scientific name Lavendula Angustifolia is from the Latin word lavare, meaning "to wash", which makes sense given its long historical use as a toilet water.
Among its many benefits, lavender stimulates cell renewal, is an antiseptic, antiviral, helps to prevent scarring and can ease pain.
You can use it to treat conditions such as acne, fungal infections, boils, bruises, inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, scalds, dermatitis and bites.
It even assists in the encouragement and regulation of menstruation!
Energetically, it can help with balancing our stress responses, is calming, cooling and can improve sleep.
Historically, it's been used to help prevent epilepsy, dizziness, palpitations brought on by anxiety, spasms and fainting.
It's also one of the few essential oils that you can apply undiluted to your skin (in small areas), so it's wonderful to keep nearby for any burns, bites or even blemishes!
Whilst tea tree oil is a great go-to for blemishes (simply pop some on a cotton bud and apply directly onto the blemish), it's prudent to keep lavender handy for the same reason, especially if your skin is going through a sensitive spell which everyone's sometimes does. It's a lot gentler to your skin than tea tree.
Suffering from respiratory issues? Drop some lavender into a boiling bowl of water and use as an inhalant where its expectorant, antiviral and antiseptic properties will go to work. Or, add a few drops to a balm or cream base and apply it as a chest rub like you would Vicks.
So, if you're someone who has dismissed lavender in the past, why not give it another try either in it's plant form (it's such a hardy plant to have in your garden!) or as an 100% pure essential oil.
You might just be converted and your skin, body and soul will reap the benefits along the way!
You can experience lavender in the following Pink Hibiscus products:
- Hand & Surface Sanitising Spritz
- Facial Cleanser
- Amethyst Facial Spritz
- Hand-Aid Healing Hand Balm
- Facial Moisturiser
- Body Cocoon