Lavender is also grown for the production of the most valuable essential oil used in the production of cosmetics for skin care and aromatherapy. This herbaceous plant, which grows mainly in northern Africa and in the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, blooms from late June to mid-August, depending on climate and weather conditions – the latter, as you know, can change from year to year. The country of origin is very important: lavender grown in China differs in properties and aroma from lavender from France. The official capital of lavender is Saul in the Haute-Vaucluse department of the Provence region.
- Lavender essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- It soothes eczema, treats psoriasis and helps with dry skin.
- Lavender has a brightening effect and helps to get rid of hyperpigmentation.
- It can heal minor cuts and insect bites.
- Research has shown that lavender can be effective against a variety of fungal infections.
- Lavender oil is full of antioxidants that help protect you from free radicals.
- When used regularly, lavender essential oil enhances hair growth by 44% (over 7 months of research).
- Aromatherapy using lavender essential oil reduces anxiety, stress and fatigue.
- Reduces the severity of PMS symptoms in women.
- Breathing in the scent of lavender can help relieve nausea and motion sickness.
- The scent of lavender soothes the nervous system and effectively treats insomnia.
- A light massage of the temples with lavender oil helps relieve headaches and migraines.
When choosing lavender essential oil, it is important to remember that not all are created equal. The species, which can be found in many drug stores and even grocery stores, are most often made from low quality oils that are not pure or diluted with fillers and synthetic ingredients. This is done in order to reduce the price and, accordingly, increase the demand for products.
More than 40 types of lavender have been discovered to date. They have been grown to produce various types of lavender essential oils. These different types of lavender produce oils with different chemical compositions, as a result of which essential oils may be more or less suitable for specific tasks than others.
- Don’t confuse lavender with lavender! The latter gives several times more essential oil and grows happily on lower plots of land (400 – 600 meters), which makes this plant easier to cultivate – and therefore cheaper. However, lavender oil differs in properties from lavender essential oil. In particular, it has a rougher odor (due to the higher content of camphor). The use of lavender oil has many limitations: it should never be used for burns, while lavender oil is the first remedy in such cases. Lavandin is often used for bouquets and scented sachets, but lavender is the best choice for food and cosmetic purposes.
- There is a difference between lavender essential oil or lavender oil. Unless the label clearly indicates that it is an “essential oil”, then it should not be used or treated as such. Lavender oils are just perfume. These oils hardly contain any of the health benefits found in lavender essential oils. Lavender oil may not even come from the lavender plant!
- The next step is to pay attention to the price. If the cost is low, it’s safe to say that the essential oil is probably of poor quality or diluted with other ingredients.
- And, of course, pay attention to the manufacturer. If you see that all types of oils in the lineup cost the same, you should not trust such a company. The difference in the pricing of essential oils depends on too many factors and cannot be the same not only for different types of oils, but even for one particular oil. The price can change every year, depending on the harvest, harvest conditions and other input data.
It is important to remember that not all oils can be applied directly to the skin due to their high concentration. Concentrated oils can be diluted using hydrolates and / or base oils. The range OiLAND lavender essential oil can be found in aromarollerah “come alive” and “ejected” . If necessary and after preliminary diagnostics, lavender oil can be added to Personalized Face Blends .