Surprising things about Lavender Essential Oil
Thought lavender was just for relaxing & an aid to sleep? Well think again
Actually I thought that too, but from my skincare studies this week, I found out so much more
Anecdote: In 1910 French chemist & perfumer Rene Maurice Gattefosse was in his laboratory when he burnt his hand badly. He reached for the any oil available for treatment & the first one he found was pure undiluted lavender essential oil. It immediately eased the pain, plus it helped heal the hand with no signs of infection or any scarring
Lavender (lavandula officinalis) is a very versatile oil out of all that is available & a skin cure-all.
It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory. Phew!
The essential oil is good for all skin types & because it is a skin cell re-generator it is great for reducing scarring. Plus wrinkle reduction on mature skins & a general anti-ageing godsend
It does contain linalool however, one of the 16 allergens/sensitisers that is naturally found in essential oils & some people are allergic to
Also, many people find the aroma overpowering or even sickly. Not for everyone then. Frankincense essential oil has a much more subtle scent & has similar properties to lavender except it has limonene in it instead. Most essential oils have one of the 16 in them & if over 0.001% on a leave-on product like my moisturisers, it must be declared for customer safety.