Lavender oil has many benefits for the hair and skin besides the calming relaxing scent most people are familiar with.
Lavender oil is balancing and soothing and remains one of the best essential oils to include in your hair and skincare regimen.
Lavender oil is produced via steam distillation from the lavender plant; a shrub that produces scented flowers.
The lavender plant originated from North Africa and the Mediterranean region but is grown in several regions around the world currently.
Traditionally, lavender has been used for thousands of years for washing and purifying the skin, and as perfume.
Ancient Egyptians used lavender for mummification as well.
During the great plague in London in the seventeenth century, people wore lavender flowers around their waists as protection against Black Death.
Lavender Oil Benefits for Skin
1. Relieves Aches & Pains
Adding lavender oil to your bath can help relieve aches, pains, and emotional stress. It can also provide a calming effect on your senses.
2. Awesome as a Massage Oil
When diluted with a suitable carrier oil, lavender oil can be used as a massage oil to relieve muscle pain, joint pain, sunburns, and insect bites.
3. Prevents Shaving Bumps
The diluted lavender oil can also be used to soothe the underarms, legs, and arms after shaving to prevent bumps.
4. Helps You Sleep Better
If you’re suffering from insomnia, diffusing lavender oil in your home can help reduce the effects and help you sleep better.
Add a few drops of lavender oil to your diffuser before going to bed.
5. Relieves Discomfort of Cold and Flu
Steam inhalation of lavender oil can help relieve the discomfort of colds and flu, chest congestion, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and other respiratory issues.
You can inhale by adding a few drops to a bowl of hot water, then placing your head over the bowl and breathing in deeply.
6. Natural Scent for DIY Products
Adding a few drops of lavender oil to your homemade body butter gives it a beautiful fresh scent and also improves circulation.
Really work the body butter all over your body after a shower and take time to massage in.
7. Balances Skin Tone
Added to your skincare products, lavender oil helps balance skin complexion and reduces acne.
Lavender Oil Benefits for Hair
1. Relieves Scalp Issues
Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties.
These properties can help relieve scalp issues like psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, and itchiness.
2. Calms Senses & Relieves Stress
If you’re suffering from stress-related hair loss, then lavender oil works two-fold – it calms your senses and relieves stress eliminating the reason for your hair loss.
3. Mild Preservative
Additionally, the properties help preserve the integrity of DIY concoctions for a few days by acting as a mild preservative.
4. Tone Down Unfavourable Smells
There are some hair recipes that have a smell everyone wouldn’t find appealing. You can tone down this smell with a few drops of lavender oil.
Lavender Oil for Hair Recipe
When it comes to using lavender oil on hair, you should incorporate natural oils known for helping with scalp conditions and hair loss.
Mix 5 – 10 drops of lavender oil with the carrier oil of choice and use when your regimen involves massaging your scalp or practicing inversion.
You can, however, dilute lavender oil with any carrier oil of choice for general purposes and fragrance.
Where to Buy Lavender Oil?
Lavender oil is readily available in most natural and health stores. You can also find it online at the following stores:-
Below are my favorite lavender oil brands:
The next article will discuss how to make lavender oil at home.
If you would like to know more about how to use natural oils for specific purposes, you may want to check out How to Grow Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils.
The book is a guide that goes in-depth into which specific oil (s) works for each hair issue for optimal length and health.
There’s a whole chapter in the book dedicated to essential oils and choosing the best ones for hair.