Everyone knows and loves lavender! It’s been widely used for centuries and is probably the best-known beauty herb on the skincare market. Lavender is included in soaps, creams, lotions, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, perfumes, toners and cleansers. So what makes this herb so perfect for our skin?
Perfect skincare herb in your garden.
If you’ve ever want to grow cosmetic herbs in your garden, start with lavender. It is perennial (which means it regrows every year), some varieties can be quite hardy (check the recommendations for your local growing conditions) and there are almost 40 different varieties to choose from!
In some parts of the world, lavender is grown in huge fields and then harvested for its essential oil. Its flowering tops are steam distilled to yield the small bottles of fragrant essential oil that you can so easily find in shops everywhere. It is considered one of the safest essential oils you can get, although some people are still sensitive to some of the chemical compounds in the oil itself.
Lavender’s uses in history
The use of lavender dates back thousands of years. In Roman times the flowers were added to baths. In fact, this is where lavender gets its name – from the Roman word lavare, which means ‘to wash’. Over the centuries lavender was also used as a fragrance, as a smoking mix and even for mummification purposes!
Lavender has a beautiful scent and is thought to be very calming to the nerves. It is often recommended that you put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow or that you place a sachet of dried lavender under your pillow to help you sleep at night. (our eye pillow is also great for that). But its properties go further than that.
A French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé spent much of his time researching essential oils and was consequently the first man to coin the term ‘aromatherapy’. In 1910 he suffered bad burns after an explosion occurred in his laboratory. After trying conventional medical treatments, as a last resort he treated his burns with lavender essential oil. The burns healed quickly and left minimal scarring, demonstrating lavender’s antiseptic and healing properties.
Lavender – the anti-aging herb
Lavender is also having properties like being anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, balancing, energising, soothing, healing, toning and stimulating. There doesn’t seem to be much that lavender cannot do for you. It is one of the only essential oils that aromatherapists recommend you can use neat on your skin to treat minor burns and wounds.
It works well on all skin types and is effective in treating oily skin as well as acne, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Lavender is thought to stimulate cellular growth and regeneration in the skin by helping your upper layer of skin rejuvenate itself.
I would always recommend having a lavender plant somewhere in your garden. Not only will the insects thank you for it and will it make your garden smell gorgeous, but you then also have a fantastic skincare herb at your disposal. When the flowers are blooming in late summer, cut yourself some bunches of lavender and dry them. You will always find a use for lavender somewhere in your house.
Unfortunately our climate here in Vietnam is not very suitable to grow lavender. It’s not impossible but it is a hard job to get it right.
No worries anyway, you can set your expectations high and look for ekoko’s lavender products, they contain the best quality lavender oils and flower buds. It will certainly satisfy your needs.