The Many Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
Seed only uses 100% pure lavender essential oil in our plant-based, lavender skin care products. Why? This aromatherapy and wellness favorite boasts many benefits backed by sound scientific research.
Lavender, or Lavandula Angustifolia, is commonly grown throughout Europe, particularly in Bulgaria, France, and England. (It can be grown in the US, too). This fragrant herb is just lovely. It has a sweet floral, fresh aroma, is herbaceous and may even be slightly camphorous. This slightly astringent essential oil works well on its own or can be used in blends to enhance its effects.
The Health Benefits of Lavender
Traditionally, lavender essential oil has been associated with relaxation and sedation, along with skin healing. Medical research has shown benefits in reducing anxiety and depression. Studies have also shown that lavender essential oil can help promote sleep in people with sleep disturbances.
A scientific research team at Texas A & M University conducted a study to measure a human's response to odor. Study participants were asleep and given EEG tests. This study was conducted in 1992 and had interesting results. It showed that Lavender Essential Oil essentially lulled the participants to sleep sooner.
Other research has concluded that Lavender improves the overall quality of sleep.
Seed Dream Land Beneficial Blend combines three essential oils to help you feel calm and relaxed before bedtime: Ginger, Lemon, and Lavender. Try it instead of counting sheep~
Lavender has many skin care benefits.
In terms of skin care, Lavender Essential Oil can help soothe irritated and inflamed skin.
This magnificent essential oil can tone the skin and even help to combat acne due to its astringent properties. Board certified dermatologist Marina Peredo says, “The antiseptic and antibacterial properties may be a more natural solution to mild acne."
- Lavender is anti-inflammatory.
- Lavender is an antiseptic.
- Lavender may improve the appearance of scars, especially acne scars, over time.
- Lavender is special in that it can benefit ALL skin types.
Lavender is a popular choice in baby care products, too. However, most of the "Lavender" products for little ones are actually not made with real lavender at all. They contain potentially harmful and highly allergenic artificial fragrance. Seed only uses REAL lavender in our Good to Grow line, just as we do with our adult line.
We recommend checking out our Beneficial Blends page for more scent ideas using Lavender.
When working with our Custom Blends (you decide which oils you would like in your products, we make them to order) we recommend blending with these essential oils:
- Rosemary essential oil
- Clary Sage essential oil
- Palmarosa essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Orange essential oil
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.