Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils in aroma therapy and you will struggle to find anyone who does't have a range of positive associations with this miracle plant. You might be thinking of your grandmother, your holidays to France in the summer and you may think of the incredible blue and purple mounds filled with buzzing bees and butterflies. You may be thinking about the uses of lavender helping with sleep, relieving anxiety and helping with burns.
A new wave of research however discovers a whole new list of beneficial properties of lavender essential oil. Especially when it is extracted in the right way.
1) Lavender is a skin prebiotic
Probiotics are increasingly popular and I am sure you have heard about these little helpers who help restore balance of bacteria in your gut. Instead of wiping out your microbiom we try to cultivate a healthy balance to let the bacteria do their job. The same thing happens on our skin! We need to be gentle and kind and find natural ways to support our kin doing exactly that! Lavender essential oil provides prebiotics for your skin, prebiotics are the food for the probiotic bacteria. Therefor lavender oil is amazingly beneficial for supporting the natural function of your skin.
2) Lavender helps prevent sun damage and ageing
Lavender essential oil is one of the most active essential oils in terms of reducing oxidative stress. A Japanese research team found, that regularly applying lavender on your skin inhibited the generation of singlet oxygen, which causes the most damage in response to UVA/UVB radiation. Sun exposure is one of the main sources of oxidative stress and lavender is proven inhibit this strain on your skin.
3) Lavender is a superfood for the skin
Lavender has over 30 medicinal plant constituents and phytonutrients. Lavender in your skincare is the equivalent of eating kale but for your face. It provides all the building blocks to fight free radicals, to rebuild skin elasticity and a radiant glow.
How to make the best use of lavender for your skin?
Find a source of really great lavender skin care. Make sure the supplier grows the lavender organically and extracts the lavender slowly and at low temperatures, ideally in a copper still. When maximum yield is the goal of the distillation the lavender is often extracted to fast and too hot and not all the valuable plant components make it into the oil.
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