Lavender has been used as a medicinal and therapeutic tool since ancient times. Ancient Romans put it in their bath water and ancient Egyptians used it in perfumed oils. In medieval times, it was burned in bundles during the Great Plague of 1665 in London – it was thought to protect against infectious diseases.
Here are some great ways that you can incorporate lavender into your everyday beauty routine:
1. Scalp rinse
Forget the commercial, chemical-laden dandruff shampoos if you need to solve scalp dryness. Instead, try a lavender hair rinse beloved by natural health insiders everywhere. All you need to do is mix dried lavender steeped in boiled water and apple cider vinegar. Use the resulting liquid as a rinse to remove scalp build-up, calm irritation and restore the natural pH balance of your scalp.
2. Acne treatment
Lavender essential oil is a great daily moisturizer that will not clog pores. Furthermore, its antiseptic and antibacterial properties can help clear up acne blemishes. You can make a DIY facial toner by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to witch hazel. Apply the solution with a cotton ball on clean skin.
3. Wound care
Minor skin inflammations like mosquito bites, small burns or rashes, can be treated with a bit of lavender oil – which will reduce swelling and neutralize itchiness. Lavender’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic powers are great for soothing wounds and reducing the development of scar tissue.
Before using these treatments, make sure to check whether you have an allergic reaction to lavender, as some people do.