Lavandula, or lavender as it is most commonly referred to, is best known for relaxing the body and de-stressing the mind. There are, however, lesser-known benefits and uses for this plant’s extract, which range from medical to aesthetic. Click through the gallery to discover four uncommon ways to incorporate lavender oil into your beauty routine.
Lavender is great for relieving stress, anxiety, and insomnia, which are common causes of lack-luster hair. Regular scalp massages using lavender oil increase blood circulation, and consequently improve hair growth. Try this once a month, leaving the oil to settle for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
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Apply lavender oil onto insect bites or irritations to calm the skin, minimize inflammation, and relieve itching.
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Lavender oil boosts the circulatory system, in turn increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. This surge in oxygen is known to reduce the formation of fine lines. For a DIY facemask, add a couple of drops of lavender oil to a whipped egg white for a protein enhancement. Apply to the face and leave to rest for 20 minutes before washing off with warm water.
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The anti-inflammatory nature of lavender makes it highly effective in the healing of burns and scars. Lavender oil is also a great natural antiseptic and pain reliever, so can be used to treat minor burns. Massage the oil in a circular motion to increase the flow of oxygen and stimulate cell regeneration, thereby speeding up the healing process.
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