Lavender is one of those flowers that bloom in our minds at the thought of a garden full of flora. Known for its eye-catching appearance and fragrance, the evergreen shrub signifies purity, serenity, grace, and calmness. Its color speaks of royalty and refinement and is also associated with spirituality.
Little Miss Lavender is of great contribution when it comes to skincare. Lavender has been used for centuries to kill bacteria and fight other skin-related problems. Not every type of this shrub is known to cure; hence it is important to use this plant with awareness. While spike Lavender and Spanish Lavender are used for respiratory concerns, English Lavender is used for skin care.
With its adaptable and versatile nature, lavender is no less than what a joker card is in the game of Rummy. Its usage can be found anywhere and everywhere when it comes to self-care. Lavender possesses antimicrobial properties, which makes it an efficient neutralizer to fight bacteria. This quality of lavender, maintains the texture of the skin, making it neither oily nor dry.
Circulation is an essential factor responsible for glowing skin. Lavender motivates this process, boosting the energy of the skin cells, and giving birth to new ones. Ultimately, when the skin is besotted with lavender, it gets to age like a fine wine, giving a youthful charm.
Lavender is efficacious when it comes to skin inflammation. With its anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is a magical ingredient in skincare to reduce redness and swelling. With better healing of the skin, it can efficiently generate new cells. Recent studies prove that lavender supports the alleviation of surgical wounds.
It is very important to nourish the skin to remove the free radicals that damage the skin cells. The anti-oxidants in lavender boost skin nourishment, leaving no space for dead skin cells. The new skin cells formed prevent the invasion of pollutants.
Apart from skincare, lavender also finds its uses in aromatherapy. Its fragrance is known to have calming effects. It relaxes the muscles and nerves leading to a good night’s sleep. The goodness combined with its fragrance, lavender never fails to rule skincare.
The lavender essential oil is volatile, concentrated, and aromatic compound of the plant. While direct application of it can cause a few side effects, it can be used in a wide range of remedies for skin troubles.
Lavender oil works as a toner when mixed with witch hazel. The latter reduces skin inflammation and irritation, giving the skin a smooth texture.
Lavender oil mixed with an equal proportion of argan oil, a moisturizer, it acts as a medicine for pimples. When mixed with coconut oil, it becomes a natural moisturizer and treats fine lines and wrinkles.
The lavender oil mixed with tea tree oil and coconut oil treats eczema and reduces skin irritation. Apart from curing, it can reduce skin inflammation, dark spots, discoloration, and blotchiness.
A quarter cup of Aloe Vera juice, 2 spoons of distilled water, 10 to 12 drops of lavender oil, and jojoba oil mixed and sprayed twice to thrice a day protects the skin from sunburn.
This elegant shrub has been proving itself for centuries ago, and it is one of the best skincare discoveries that our ancestors left for us. Accessible in various forms Lavender is one of the most used flowers in medicine. On one hand, it confers delicate skin. On the other hand, it relaxes the mind leading to a blissful state. Ultimately, the usage of lavender yields an internal peace and an external glow, providing an overall untainted look.
- M.Narayani for ARDRA