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The science behind why lavender is good for you


It has long been known that lavender as an essential oil is good for your skin, but what is not so commonly known is why that is the case. Aside from the aromatic and relaxing benefits that the scent of lavender provides, it can also infuse a sense of pain relief and relieve tension at times, especially when applied directly to the affected areas of the body.

The number one thing to be sure of when applying lavender products to your skin is that it is truly an essential oil and not just an artificially created scent or additive. Additives can bring with them chemicals and other harmful skin irritants, while true essential oil is always derived from the plant itself. Just as olive oil has been used for countless years to help renew the natural moisture found in skin and hair, lavender oil works to heal and protect the skin by penetrating the skin layers and working to moisturize on multiple levels. It also brings with it the added benefit of soothing irritating skin and calming inflamed areas instantly.

The lavender plant houses tiny oil-filled sacks which is where the aroma and the beneficial properties of the lavender are located. This oil is comprised of a very specific chemical fusion including alcohols, phenols, and esters. Esters react with alcohols and phenols to basically put the “oil” in the essential oils of the lavender. Phenols are linked to the aromatic properties of that oil; this trifecta of chemical compounds, paired with other valuable compounds found in lavender, allow for an exceptionally aromatic, long-lasting, and therapeutic essential oil.

Gentle enough to be used even on baby skin, lavender oil is an excellent way to rejuvenate dry skin. Likewise, lavender-based scrubs can work to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time – this one-two punch is perfect for people that want to do their moisturizing in the shower and have their skin feel fresh all day long.

Whether applied directly onto the skin as an oil or scrub, infused into perfumes or lotions, or even added into hot or cold packs, lavender is truly a multi-dimensional product that is good for body, soul, and skin.

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  • sherry lee mcnabb February 9, 2013, 12:02 am

    my 23 year old daughter is stressed so bad. looking for something to calm her without having to resort to meds!

  • sherry lee mcnabb February 9, 2013, 12:02 am

    this sounds like this may be sometghing she would be interested in!

  • Linda Kaufmann February 20, 2013, 12:02 am

    I always have trouble growing lavender from seeds. Where can I get a lavender plant?

    • buzz_wpa July 11, 2013, 1:51 am

      Lavender plants are sold at large and small garden shops all across the US. Depending on where you live, your neighborhood garden shop is most likely your best bet. I have also ordered plants online with Burpee and had success with them. I recommend against Lowe’s and Home Depot, unfortunately. I purchased lavender there previously that was supposed to be hardy in my zone, and it died over the winter.

  • diana March 2, 2013, 1:31 pm

    I like to learn how to make healing oils.

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