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Lavender essential oil

Updated: Jun 3




Lavender is a centuries-old flowering plant native to Europe, the Middle East and India. It has been traditionally used for medicinal purposes and in perfumery due to its beautiful aroma. In India, it is grown in the mountainous regions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.


There are quite a few varieties of Lavender Essential Oil, with French, English and Bulgarian being the most widely known and commonly used.


It is one of the mildest essential oils considered to be safe even for sensitive skin and babies.


Due to its sedative and calming properties, mothers use it in baths, body massage oils and infant skin care to prevent infections and improve sleep quality.


It has traditionally been used to speed up the healing process of wounds and prevent infections besides being widely used in making incense and perfumes.


Lavender oil contains a compound linalool which is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties besides its pleasant and calming aroma.



BENEFITS OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL IN SKIN AND HAIR CARE

  1. It provides anti-ageing benefits by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  2. It prevents infections.

  3. It promotes wound healing.

  4. It has traditionally been used to reduce redness and ease symptoms of dry skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis due to its anti-inflammatory property.

  5. It helps fight acne due to its anti-bacterial properties by reducing redness and irritation.

  6. It makes the hair stronger and promotes hair growth.


OTHER BENEFITS OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

  1. Natural remedy to relax and reduce stress.

  2. Helps with insomnia and anxiety.

  3. Helps relieve pain.

  4. Natural insect repellent.

  5. An age-old remedy for cold and cough.

  6. Beneficial in post-partum recovery due to its wound-healing properties.



HOW TO USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

  1. Use it topically through a moisturizer/face/body oil or any skincare or hair care product.

  2. Inhale in through a diffuser or candle.


SAFETY ADVICE

  1. Never use essential oils directly on the skin. Always dilute it in carrier oils and patch test on the upper forearm before using it on the face and the rest of the body.

  2. Always use genuine essential oils. Synthetic essential oils have quite the opposite effect and may irritate your skin.

  3. Even though this oil is mild, Pregnant women and those with sensitive skin should always consult their doctors before using any essential oil.


BAMBOUBERRY PRODUCTS WITH LAVENDER OIL






References


  1. Rachel Samuelson, Marissa Lobl, Shauna Higgins, Dillon Clarey, and Ashley Wysong.The Effects of Lavender Essential Oil on Wound Healing: A Review of the Current Evidence.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.Aug 2020.680-690.http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2019.0286

  2. Kajjari S, Joshi RS, Hugar SM, et al. The Effects of Lavender Essential Oil and its Clinical Implications in Dentistry: A Review. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2022;15(3):385-388

  3. Kamatou, Guy Paulin & Viljoen, Alvaro. (2008). Linalool – a Review of a Biologically Active Compound of Commercial Importance. Natural Product Communications. 3. 1183-1192. 10.1177/1934578X0800300727.

  4. Katayon Vakilian, Mahtab Atarha, Reza Bekhradi, Reza Chaman, Healing advantages of lavender essential oil during episiotomy recovery: A clinical trial, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 17, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 50-53, ISSN 1744-3881, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.05.006 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1744388110000381)

  5. Antonelli M, Donelli D. Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Aroma Massage with Lavender Essential Oil: an Overview. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2020 Feb 26;13(1):32-36. PMID: 32133043; PMCID: PMC7043716.









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