Its name deriving from the Latin ‘lavare’, meaning to wash, the fresh, floral aroma of lavender has long been associated with cleanliness and purity.
Mostly grown in the dry climes of the Mediterranean, lavender has a thousands of years long history of use.
Employed in the mummification process by the Ancient Egyptians, it was also used by the Persians, Greeks and Romans too, for its perceived ability to purify the body and mind.
Nowadays we usually reach for the lavender essential oil when we are struggling to sleep, the lavender scent still thought to have the ability to help calm a racing mind, when rest refuses to come.
Miaroma lavender oil is a pure, unblended essential oil that can be used in a wide range of ways.
Add a drop or two to a tissue and breathe in to enjoy lavender’s apparent calming qualities or blend with a carrier oil to use in massage or to smooth hair.
Some eco-conscious fans even sprinkle a drop or two into their washing machine drawer when swapping to planet-friendly laundry alternatives, such as soap nuts or washer balls. This gives sheets a fresh, clean smell without the need for chemical detergents.
Lavender oil for sleep and stress: an aromatherapy essential
One of the best essential oils for sleep, lavender is popularly recommended to those finding dropping off difficult.
Believed to create a sense of calm and wellbeing, research suggests that inhaling lavender before bed can aid a more restful night’s sleep.
Adding to a bedside diffuser or putting just a couple of drops on the underside of your pillow (remembering that it may irritate skin and eyes) can help you to harness lavender’s sleep bringing abilities.
Lavender essential oil’s ability to promote a sense of calm in some people also makes it a popular choice for those experiencing stress and anxiety.
Added to a massage oil, its soothing smell is ideal for helping you wind down after a tough day. It can also provide a moment of peace if inhaled during a busy commute or ahead of a stressful meeting.
Thanks to the linalool and camphor compounds in lavender, a little diluted oil mixed into your moisturiser and applied to skin may help to keep bugs at bay.
Like citronella, lavender is believed to deter those pesky mosquitoes and may also repel wasps, ants, moths and flies.
Lavender oil for skin and hair
Lavender oil often finds its way into skin and haircare products, and not just because it smells great.
Lavender oil appears to have a cleansing effect and as such may help to improve the appearance of spot prone skin.
Combining with witch hazel seems to be particularly effective in reducing redness and irritation, but do be sure to dilute essential oils before use.
It also seems that there are benefits to using lavender oil for hair. It is a popular alternative to chemical head lice treatments, its bug repellent qualities potentially effective on those pesky hair clingers.
Antibacterial and antimicrobial, lavender oil may also support a healthier scalp, helping to create a good environment for healthy hair growth.
Lavandula Officininalis (Lavender) Oil
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Dilute 4-6 drops for every 20ml of blending oil before use. For massage, bath and vaporisation.
For external use only. Do not use undiluted on the skin. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on children under 5 years old. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy. Store in cool dry place.
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With a name derived from the Latin ‘lavare’, meaning ‘to wash’, lavender has long been associated with cleanliness and purity.
Unmistakably scented nodding purple heads of lavender may be synonymous with the sun-drenched fields of Provence but this plant was popular long before modern times, used by Ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians.
Employed in aromatherapy to promote a sense of calm and wellbeing, lavender also has been known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
This means it is often present in cleaning products and some people use lavender oil for hair and skin too.
A popular choice for massage, lavender may help you to feel calmer after a hard day.
There is also evidence that lavender essential oil may help ease feelings of stress and anxiety.
Essential oils should never be used topically without diluting as they can irritate skin.
Instead, pop four to six drops of Miaroma lavender oil into 20ml of scent-free carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, for the perfect lavender massage.
Aromatherapy oils have different benefits.
Some, like peppermint and sweet orange, are invigorating, others such as ylang ylang and clary sage, are uplifting.
Most people use lavender oil for promoting better sleep and in some countries lavender tea is even approved as a supplement to aid disrupted rest.
Research backs lavender’s relaxing claims, with some studies showing that using lavender essential oil increases the amount of deep-wave sleep some people experience.
Other essential oils recommended to aid a better night’s sleep include chamomile and bergamot.
For best results, put a few drops of oil on the underside of your pillow or add to a diffuser, to fill your room with soothing lavender scent.
Being that essential oils cannot be used topically, you might feel nervous about harnessing lavender’s antibacterial potential for skin and haircare.
However, used sensibly, lavender oil may aid numerous skin and scalp concerns.
Helping to soothe breakouts and dry skin, lavender oil may help reduce the appearance of redness and discomfort when used topically blended with a carrier oil or unscented moisturiser.
Try dabbing a small amount of diluted oil directly on the desired area or using lavender oil blended with argan oil, as a beautifully scented toner.
Added to your conditioner or hair rinse, lavender could also aid improved scalp health, helping to provide the basis for strong, healthy-looking hair.
There is some evidence that lavender oil, like citronella, could help to keep mosquitos, moths, ants and other insects at bay.
Some people even use lavender oil on their hair to help repel head lice.
Simply add a few drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle of water and spritz legs and arms before heading outside.
Alternatively adding a few drops to a candle or oil diffuser and burning throughout the evening may make al fresco dining more pleasant.
And if you do get bitten? Many people swear by lavender oil to soothe any discomfort caused by this.
To use, dilute 4-6 drops in 20ml of blending oil. Ideal for massage, bath and vaporisation
For external use only. Do not use undiluted on the skin. Avoid contact with eyes
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