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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