Lavender Essential Oil – Healthy Skin Tonic

Essential Oils are the highly concentrated essences distilled from specific plants. They are used not only for their scent, but for their medicinal attributes as well.

Of all essential oils, lavender is best known for its versatility. It has a wide range of uses from calming the mind to soothing the skin. Lavender is analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, decongestant, deodorant, restorative and a sedative.

Lavender essential oil has amazing skin healing qualities as it encourages growth of new skin cells. It is used to heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Lavender has a balancing action on sebum, our skins natural oil. It has a marked effect on the healing of burns and sunburns.

Lavender oil is one of a few essential oils that can be used directly on the skin. Most other essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil.

Lavender can be used directly on insect bites. It even acts as an insect repellent.

Lavender is non-toxic and non-irritating. It can be used for all skin types including sensitive skin. Please do a patch test when using any essential oil on your skin for the first time.

Warnings: Lavender should be avoided in the early pregnancy. People with low blood pressure may feel dull and/or drowsy.

Patch test-Before using a new recipe, even if it’s natural, it makes sense to do a patch test first. Apply a small amount to the inside of your arm. Cover it with a band-aid for 24 hours. If the spot becomes red and/or itchy, you are having a bad reaction to one of the ingredients and you should not use it on your skin. Wash it off with warm soapy water. If you have particularly sensitive skin, consult with your dermatologist.

Sample recipes:

Normal Skin Soother
• 5 drops lavender
• 5 drops lemon
• 3 drops vetiver
• 5 teaspoons grapeseed oil
Mix ingredients and rub gently onto skin. Good for face and body. Only a small amount is necessary for the face. If you use too much and don’t like the greasy feel, rub off very gently with a soft, dry cloth.

Sunburn Soother
• 5 teaspoons aloe vera gel
• 5 drops lavender
• 3 drops rose otto
• 5 drops roman chamomile
Mix ingredients and rub gently onto sunburned skin. For extra coolness refrigerate before using.