This may or may not come as a surprise to you, but because of lavender essential oil skin care benefits, people have been using it as a healing aid for centuries, all over the world! It has found notoriety for its soothing characteristics, as well as its versatility.
Lavender flowers and oil can be used everywhere from our food to our bed sheets. It calms, it cleanses, it heals… lavender does SO many good things! If you are new to essential oils, this is where to start!
Lavender Essential Oil Skin Care Benefits, A History…
Learning from the Egyptians and other cultures
Lavender has gained popularity, however, it’s no passing fad. This flower has been used for thousands of years for practical, medicinal and religious uses. The word lavender is thought to come from the Roman words “Lividius” (referring to its blueish hue) and “Lavare” (which means, “to wash”).
Lavender essential oil skin care benefits made it desirable for the Egyptians to use it in their mummification rituals, cosmetics and as a perfume.
The Grecian’s took it a step further discovery by documenting their findings. The first written record (that we know of) regarding the healing powers of lavender comes from the Greek physician Theophrastus, in 77 AD. He wrote that when taken internally, lavender relieved indigestion, headaches and sore throats. But when used externally, lavender could be used to clean wounds and burns or treat skin ailments.
Ancient Romans also recognized lavender for its healing and antiseptic qualities. Not only did they also use the oils for bathing, cooking and scenting the air; the Roman soldiers took lavender on crusades with them to dress their wounds from war.
In more recent years, Rene Gattefosse (one of the founders of what we now refer to as aromatherapy) confirmed lavender’s healing and antiseptic qualities when he badly burned his head while working in his lab. After applying lavender oil; the pain subsided and the burn healed rapidly and left him with no infection or scarring.
Healing wounds, preventing infection
Lavender has a rich history of being used to prevent various infections and fight bacterial and fungal disorders. Many throughout history have bared witness to lavender oil speeding up the healing process of cuts, burns, bug bites, scrapes and wounds. What they didn’t know at the time was that this is, in part, because of it’s anti-microbial properties.
Taking what we have learned throughout history and applying it to modern science, we now know that the body will increase cell growth with topical application of this oil to wounds, cuts and scrapes, thereby facilitating quick healing of the trauma. Additionally, its antimicrobial properties protect the wounds from infection.
Lavender Essential Oil Skin Care Benefits:
- Helps Treat Acne:
The oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can fight the bacteria that cause acne and inflammation.
- Aids in the Treatment of Eczema
This oil has the ability to relieve itching and reduce the symptoms of eczema. It also decongests the irritated areas on the skin by adding moisture, thereby accelerating the healing process.
- Can Detoxify The Skin:
Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that can fight against the harmful effects of free radicals and pollutants on the skin. In a study conducted by the Howard University College of Medicine, it was found that lavender oil was one of the few potent essential oils that can inhibit the growth of skin bacteria.
- Heals Burns:
The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of lavender oil are to thank here. The oil is beneficial in healing sunburns or burns caused by another heat source, and also helps treat the scars caused by them (or scars caused by other injuries). In addition, lavender oil also acts as a pain reliever.
- Can Help Heal Insect Bites:
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, all you have to do is simply add a few drops of lavender oil on the insect bite or gnaw, and see the itching and swelling decrease considerably.
Lavender oil can also act as a good insect repellent, and it has been used throughout history for treating insect bites
Lavender tones and makes your skin firm as it boosts circulation, thus resulting in an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrition to the skin cells. This helps in keeping the cells healthy and boosting their renewal process.Lavender has also been shown to reduce age and sun spots, too!
Lavender oil also has many benefits for your hair! But, that’s another blog post…
Until next time! xx