Oils are not a bargain beauty product, in fact some can be extremely pricey, so when you invest in an oil it is good to know that they have a variety of uses and applications. Lavender is more than just a beautiful flower with a sweet scent, and the oil extracted from the flower offers great physical and emotional relief.
Lavender oil is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. It’s also a relaxant; turn off all your electronics and try giving yourself a facial before bed for a great night’s sleep. You can also add a few drops of the oil to a plain moisturizer, particularly if you have trouble with acne—it inhibits bacteria.
Use it in: DIY Skincare: Steam Facial
2. Hair thinning or hair loss
Lavender can be used to help stop hair loss and has even been shown to increase hair growth in some clinical trials. Simply massage your scalp with an essential oil blend at least three times a week and watch for results!
Use it in: Essential Oil Blend by Livestrong.com
- Mix 3 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of thyme oil, 2 drops of cedarwood oil, 4 teaspoons of grapeseed oil, and a ½ teaspoon of jojoba oil.
- Put the blend in a tightly closed container and store it in a cool, dry place.
- Try the oil blend on a small portion of your scalp first—if your skin reacts badly, DO NOT continue use. You could be allergic to one of the oils in this particular oil blend.
3. Curl refresher
Use lavender oil on second or third-day hair to revive your curls and keep them smelling fresh! It will help keep your hair moisturized and can even fight off dandruff.
Use it in: Lavender Hair Spray
Because lavender is a relaxant and induces sleep, it is often recommended as a natural remedy for insomnia. You can put a few drops of lavender oil in a relaxing bath before bed or on your pillowcase.