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The Uses and Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil for Natural Beauty

Updated on February 12, 2016

What is Lavender Essential Oil?

Lavender Essential Oil is made direction from the Lavender plant. It is produced through a process called distillation. To do this, you must use a form of steam distillation so you don't harm the plant and lose it's potentcy. After distilled this his essential oil contains the essence (chemicals and all) of the Lavender plant. Lavender so many beneficial properties for both health and cosmetic uses.

Lavender Essential Oils have been around for many years for natural beauty and cosmetics, dating all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. During embalming, lavender oil was one of the most commonly used products. It was also cited as being used in cosmetics, lavender perfumes, and many different types of lavender soap. In addition, the Greeks also used lavender oils for cosmetic purposes, and the Romans, they took lavender a step further and used it for a multitude of health and other purposes, including as an insect repellent.

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Benefits of Lavender

For years and years lavender has remained a staple in homeopathis remedies, cosmetics, as well as other personal hygiene products. This is largely because lavender is rich with health and cosmetic benefits, not to mention its soothing aroma.

Some of the most common health benefits being to aid in the relief of digestive and respiratory problems. For digestive issues, lavender has been used to help relieve stomach aches, cramping and diarrhea. On the other hand, lavender has also been cited to help with certain respiratory problems, as well as aiding asthma and bronchitis sufferers, as well as helping relieve symptoms of common coughs and colds.

Please don't use lavender in place of medical treatment for illnesses, I'm not a doctor and this is not meant to be construed as medical advice

Many soap and cosmetic makers and hobbyist will add the essential oil to homemade balms and salves that can easily be rubbed onto the chest to be inhaled when breathing issues arise.

In addition to these ailments, lavender essential oil can also help heal cuts and bruises faster, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, by tightening the skin. By tightening the skin, lavender can help you appear younger and healthier with shiny, smooth skin. It is due to this property that many cosmetic producers are creating more lavender products for your natural and organic beauty and skin needs.

Lavender Even Relieves Headaches!

Lavender can also help relieve headaches as well as minor muscle aches and pains. To use lavender essential oil in this manner, take a couple drops and rub it on your temples to relieve headaches and migraines. For muscle aches you can take a bowl of warm water and add about 5 - 10 drops of essential oil to it, then soak a cloth into the mixture and ring out. Take the damp cloth and put it on sore muscles or even sunburn to help relieve the pain.

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Dried and Fresh Lavender Uses

The lavender scent can also be used fresh or dried to receive some of these benefits as well. When using dried lavender, you can add a bunch to a sachet and use as a room refresher to keep your house, room, or car smelling fresh and clean.

You can also, readily, find lavender candles at most home goods stores. Lavender candles are increasing popular due to lavenders sweet, fresh, flowery scent that isn’t too overpowering.

Dried lavender can also be added to soaps and candles as they are small, and can really provide a very appealing look to any standard candle or soap.

Buying Lavender Essential Oil

As you can see, lavender has a multitude of beneficial properties that can easily be utilized at home. In today’s market, lavender essential oil is abundant, and growing. You can easily find multiple types of lavender essential oil, including, but not limited to, French Lavender, Organic Lavender, English Lavender, Australian Lavender, and Spike Lavender. In addition to the abundance of types of lavender essential oils, they also vary greatly in price. Cheaper lavender essential oils can be found on places like eBay and Amazon, while some more expensive and higher quality Lavender oils can be found at various Soapmaking and Aromatherapy Specialty stores online.

It is important to understand what you are buying when purchasing lavender essential oil, as prices can easily run into the hundreds for high quality Organic lavender essential oil (about 32 fl. Oz.). A lot of lavender essential oils aren’t completely pure and are diluted with carrier oils. These types of essential oils can give you some of the benefits of lavender, but are not as concentrated, so you will need to use more of the oil to obtain more the most benefit. It is much better to find pure undiluted essential oil if you can afford them. You can easily price compare some of the different vendors and some of Lavenders qualities and benefits by checking out your favorite shopping compare sites.

Products with Lavender

There are many products with Lavender in them, ranging from lotions and creams to baby shampoo's and even luxury products such as bath bombs. Although you can make your own bath bombs at home, if you want to try your hand at custom making them. Here are some instructions that will help you get started. Making Bath Bombs

Because of lavenders popularity it is easy to find all kinds of products on the market. From lotions and soaps, to room diffusers, and air fresheners, as well as shampoo's, conditioners, hair balms, lip glosses/balms. The offerings are nearly endless.

Some of my favorite lavender products have to be Lush's bath bombs as well as an array of Sea Salt Bath Products. And since lavender is so calming and gently, many, many baby products contain it, and the aroma is said to help calm and soothe infants and children too!

Young Living Talking About Lavender Essential Oil

Young Living, a very popular Aromatherapy company, has this wonderful and informational video out about using lavender essential oils for natural and organic health and beauty. This short video explains more benefits and uses for lavender. You can check it out below, I hope you enjoy!

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      Fluffy77 7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Love this page great hub here! I'm a big fan and supporter or natural healing whenever possible. I have been using many of these oils you have on this page for years now and I believe that they do help with anxieties and depressions as well too. Thanks for sharing this, more people need to be enlightened still.

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