On my wellness journey, I’m turning to a more natural and holistic approach so I will be sharing tips on products that have worked for me. Following my trip to Mayfield I have been inspired by the use of lavender in all sorts of products and luckily have been growing my own over the last couple of years (it grows very easily). Here’s some of the benefits from using this powerful purple flower:
1. Anxiety and Stress
Lavender essential oils have been highly sought for their fragrance and their healing properties. The antioxidant compounds of the flower have been proven to lower levels of stress hormones in the body. At home you can ground the leaves and flowers between your fingers and simply rub onto your temples. It will soothe both body and mind by relieving anxiety and balancing out mood.
We all know how insomnia or sleep issues can impact our lives negatively. Lavender is an ancient sleep remedy. Try a relaxing and sleep-inducing hot drink; by infusing a few flowers in hot water and adding raw honey to taste. Voilà you’ve brewed your own lavender tea. (For more advice on insomnia and sleep issues click here.)
So many cult-beauty products have lavender listed as an active ingredient such as Liz Earle Skin Tonic and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The reason behind this is that it has antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can improve skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. Try filling a spray bottle with spring water and lavender flowers. Leave to infuse and you can use this skin tonic on-the-go.
4. Aches and Pains
Lavender’s anti-inflammatory components provide relief to muscle pains by reducing inflammation throughout the body. A nice long soak with L’occitane Lavender Bath will be a luxurious treat to soothe any aches and pains.
5. Hair Health
Hair oils are an essential part of our hair care and lavender oil has been proven to boost hair growth and treat hair issues such as hair loss and dandruff. You can use simply use Lavender essential oils or if you’re seeking an intensive hair treatment I’d recommend Christophe Robin Moisturising Hair Oil.
The polyphenols found in lavender eases stomach pains and cramps as well as reducing bloating. Try chewing on lavender leaves or drinking lavender tea.