Lavender plants and lavender oil are both well known for their beautiful, aromatherapeutic scent. For centuries the lavender plant has been used for it’s oil as a source of relaxation, and also for medicinal purposes. What is now being rediscovered is that lavender oil has wonderful healing properties for our skin.
Lavender oil is extracted from the lavender plant and was originally used by the Romans in their ancient baths. The actual name of the plant “Lavender” is derived form the Latin “lavere” which means “to wash”. It was obvious to the ancient Romans that this plant was a natural antiseptic, and thankfully we get to share in that knowledge today. With more people turning towards natural and healthier alternatives to skincare and medicine, lavender oil is a must-have for skin ailments and general maintenance.
Lavender oil has many curative properties that when used on the skin can leave us with a healthy and unblemished complexion. The oil extracted from the lavender plant is not only antibacterial, but also anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, restorative and decongestant. Because of this, when used topically it can be very soothing and healing to irritated or blemished skin as well as can aid in the rapid fading of scars. If applied to a new cut or abrasion, lavender oil will destroy any bacteria it comes into contact with and immediately go to work soothing to the skin and reducing the build-up of scar tissue. Since it is also a natural analgesic, it also reduces pain in the area where it is applied.
Along with its ability to soothe injured or acne prone skin, lavender oil is also a wonderful treatment for eczema. It relieves itching, as well as speeds the healing process while adding moisture and decongesting the irritated patches of skin so common with eczema. With regular use, eczema outbreaks will lessen.
Since lavender oil helps increase blood circulation, it is a wonderful anti-aging aid that can be used all over the face and body as a moisturizer. It can also be added to the moisturizer of your choice to make the product you are used to using more emollient and healing. As a matter of fact, now that the benefits of lavender oil for the skin are resurfacing, many natural body product manufacturers such as Avalon Organics and Aubrey Organics are making products with the oil that smell heavenly and are absolutely wonderful for the health of your skin.
While most of us are familiar with lavender plants or any number of lavender scented items, such as candles and sachets, now we can enjoy the crisp, clean scent of lavender while aiding our skin and maintaining it optimal health.