Benefits of Lavender in Skin Care
Lavender is a flowering plant known for a variety of reasons. Its enchanting and soothing scent, the beautiful purple hue, the way it can be used in recipes, the general appearance of the plant, and the ways it benefits the body and mind all make lavender a special ingredient in different products across many industries. When you think of lavender, your mind may wander to its scent in various lotions, fragrances, and essential oils, but did you know lavender is a beneficial natural ingredient in some skin care products and that it has been used to cure wounds like burns and insect bites since ancient times? Lavender may not always be linked to skin care by some, but its impact on other parts of the body have lead to its use in skin care. Here are some of the benefits of lavender, what it can provide to your skin, both with skin care and treating skin conditions, and how Calysta Labs uses lavender in a product.
Benefits of Lavender
It will make your skin smell great, but how else does lavender benefit your body? The word "lavender" is derived from the Latin root word lavare, which means "to wash." It most likely earned this name due to it being a popular ingredient in baths. Back in the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans, lavender was also used as a sedative, antidepressant, and as a method for soothing burns and insect bites, aside from its main purpose of keeping people relaxed. Many of these same principles are applied to modern-day lavender use.
When it comes to essential oils containing lavender, there are a number of other benefits associated with these products. Lavender is a popular ingredient in a number of essential oil blends that are used to bring a calming sensation to your mind and body. Aromatherapists find lavender essential oils, or just the smell of lavender, to be an effective cure for exhaustion, headaches, and nervous disorders. Applying the oil before bed or spraying a lavender-scented mist or oil around your bedroom can also help you get to sleep faster.
The scent has also been used to reduce the amount of pain experienced after surgery. During a study, mixing in lavender oil with regular oxygen proved to be a more effective pain control method by those involved in the study. Lavender can also be administered orally in a non-oil form to treat anxiety, depression, and related conditions. It's important to note that some people could be allergic to lavender. If you start to experience chills, nausea, headaches, or vomiting after using a lavender product, be sure to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Lavender and Your Skin
When lavender is smelled or ingested, it works its magic on the mind and the inside of the body. So what about lavender and its work on the skin? Just like the ancient Greeks and Romans used lavender to soothe bug bites and burns, it comes with a number of healing benefits to the skin that are used today. A study of lavender and its impact on children with eczema was completed over the course of eight weeks. Results showed that lavender was both soothing to the skin when applied and it cleared up the dry, itchy patches of skin on the children.
Another study involved 86 subjects with alopecia areata. Some of the participants had their scalps massaged with lavender and other essential oils for seven months, while the others did not. When lavender oil was massaged into the scalps, significant hair regrowth was noted. It is still unclear whether lavender was the main component that contributed to the regrowth, but it is still being studied today. Those with dry, itchy, dandruff-prone scalps can also use lavender due to its antifungal properties.
A widely-experienced and annoying skin issue that lavender has shown to soothe is acne. While there are plenty of ingredients that help keep pimples at bay, lavender is one you may not have expected. Lavender oil has natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic components that may aid in curing breakouts. Aside from acne, lavender can also rid the skin of any impurities or toxins that find their way into your system. The antioxidants in lavender help inhibit harmful bacterial growth on the skin and draw out any impurities.