#BotanicalTuesday 2016 is well underway (hard to believe) and we are super excited to be continuing our botanical Tuesdays. This week’s botanical is very close to my heart as some of my earliest memories contain its sweet & relaxing scent – on the docket this week is Lavender.
Lavender is one of those beautifully diverse plants with a fragrance that you either tend to love or hate – it seems to have no middle ground. For us around the SBT office it is a HUGE love and has been incorporated into a couple of our therapeutic products that we will discuss at the end of the post.
Lavender has been used for centuries and has been documented in Roman, Greek, & even Egyptian culture. Traditionally lavender was used in perfumes and aromatherapy, but in more recent years it has become a staple in a vast number of products due to its diverse benefits and clean/sweet scent. Lavender can be found in potpourri & sachets, soaps, candles, teas, household cleaners, & body care and has become a common house hold item for many.
Did you know – Cleopatra favoured lavender and according to legend used it to seduce Julius Cesar & Mark Antony
Lavender is a flowering plant that belongs to the genius ‘Lavandula’ and is related to other common garden herbs such as thyme, rosemary, & mint (who knew). It originated in the Mediterranean, India, & Middle East, but its popularity has led to its growth and cultivation North & South America, Europe, Australia, & New Zealand (in addition to its countries of origin). Basically if it can be grown or be cultivated in a certain climate – it is. There are several different types of lavender (there are about 39 known species to date); the most commonly cultivated is English Lavender due to its strong scent and ability to grow in a variety of climates.
As previously mentioned lavender has very diverse benefits and has been traditionally used for everything from perfume to insomnia to hair loss. Today we will only touch on a couple of the uses of lavender, but if you wish to learn more visit Organic Facts for some great additional information.
Lavenders anti-septic and anti-fungal properties help to create an unwanted surface for bad ‘acne’ bacteria to live while regulating sebum. It also helps to heal the skin and blemishes while reducing irritation, redness, and infection. You can add a drop or two of lavender to your favourite facial oil/lotion to help prevent blemishes.
To make your own sea buckthorn & lavender acne spot treatment mix five parts SBT Seabuckthorn Seed Oil and one part pure lavender oil (under no circumstances should you ever use synthetic lavender topically). Apply enough to cover blemish and let sit overnight – this is one of my personal go to DIY’s to banish pesky hormonal blemishes.
As a child my house had a lavender mist that we sprayed on our pillows & bed every night to help aid in sleep. It has been proven that lavender oil helps to induce sleep and in studies of elderly patients it has been shown to increase sleep regularity.
Hair Care/Hair Loss
Lavender oil has demonstrated effectiveness on the treatment of alopecia, lice, and hair loss. It can be used to treat male pattern baldness by rubbing pure oil on the scalp in the affected areas. Lavender has also shown benefits for hair care in regards to heat & chemical damage and is commonly used in hot oil treatments to help repair the hair shaft and retain moisture.
Lavender can also be used as a mosquito repellant and for respiratory problems, blood circulation, immunity & more. Hope everyone learned a little something about this amazing plant. If you are feeling bold try a cup of lavender tea or incorporate dried lavender into one of your favourite dishes (I had lavender scones once that were surprisingly amazing!).
We use Lavender Oil in our Therapeutic Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner which has been formulated to prevent hair loss, increase new hair growth, and provide protection from heat, chemical, & UV damage. If you are trying to treat hair loss be sure you are also using conditioner on your scalp! So many people skip this thinking it is unnecessary but if you are trying to combat hair loss you need to treat your follicles right and CONDITION CONDITION CONDITION.
We also use Lavender Oil in two of our therapeutic Soothing Salves – our Sensitive Skin & Sunburn. Lavender oil helps to provide a calming scent, repair environmental damage, and aid in the healing of sunburns while cooling the skin. To learn more about these products or purchase please visit Seabuckthorn.com