While Lavender is a plant well known for its pleasant aroma, it is so much more than just an enjoyable scent. In fact, it has qualities that can evoke feelings of peace and tranquillity and can calm the mind. But what exactly is it?
The Lavender plant is a purple-hued, small and woody shrub that people have been using for centuries for its various health benefits. Lavender has been used throughout history as an anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-stress product, and has been used to help with sleeping and mood issues.
The word lavender comes from the Latin world “Lavare” which means to bathe or to wash and interestingly enough belongs to the mint family, another commonly known herb.
Lavender is mostly used in skin care products due to its wonderful fragrance, but it has many other health benefits that go beyond the beauty industry. It can be used and applied in various ways, including through oral administration, aromatherapy, massage oil, diffusion and simple application to the skin.
Here are some of the benefits lavender provides:
– Reduces stress and improves one’s mood. Lavender is used in aromatherapy to reduce cortisol – the body’s stress hormone – therefore alleviating anxiety, stress and depression.
– Relieves nausea and headaches. Studies have shown that massaging lavender oil into the temples or inhaling its scent can treat head pain, as well as reduce feelings of nausea and motion sickness.
– Helps with sleep. Many people suggest drinking a cup of warm lavender tea before going to bed, to relax and fall asleep more easily. Alternatively, adding lavender to your diffuser at night can help you relax and fall asleep faster. Inhaling the lavender scent has been proven through research to boost deep sleep and decrease any restless sleep that may occur.
– Improves the health of your epidermis, which is the layer of skin around your body. Lavender has also been shown to stimulate cell regeneration, thus acting as a good treatment for any skin impurities or even minor wounds.
– Can be used as a bug repellent due to its unique scent.
– May reduce acne by assisting with the management of breakouts due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can also help treat cold sores due to its antifungal properties.
– Can promote hair growth as it promotes blood circulation when massaged into the scalp.
– Acts as a great lip balm to ease chapped lips when mixed with coconut oil.
– Can alleviate menstrual cramps when massaged on the abdomen during painful menstruation.
– Acts as an anti-dandruff product when mixed with olive oil and massaged into the scalp.
– Can reduce pain by reducing blood pressure and heart rate which are usually elevated when an individual is hurting.
It is important to look after our brains and bodies in today’s stressful society and not forget to take care of ourselves. With lavender, you have a great natural product to add to your daily self-care routine, to improve both your mental and physical health and keep you smelling good at all times.
Here are a few products containing Lavender that we recommend:
Bramley Lavender Tissue Oil: Bramley’s highly enriched Tissue Oils are the solution to all your modern day skincare problems and needs. With added Bio-Pharm oil and Vitamin E, lightly fragranced and suitable for everyday use on all skin types, these miracle Tissue Oils provide best results when applied daily to stretch marks, scar tissue, dark spots and very dry skin. Designed to improve skin health and texture, they will leave your skin in perfect condition. Multi-purpose and versatile, they are loved and trusted by women around the world. Bramley Tissue Oils fit the budgets of all women, and best of all, they work!
Bramley Lavender Hand & Nail Cream: Luxury you can soothe into your skin! Regular use will leave your hands, nails and cuticles feeling and looking well conditioned and manicured. Rich in Vitamin E and Bio-Pharm oil with a non-greasy feel which is quickly absorbed.
Bramley Lavender Body Butter: The magic skin makeover! Instantly hydrating, this gorgeous, thick textured Body Butter will leave skin soft and supple, pampered and cared for. Buttery Body Butter is an all over moisturiser and can be used on body, face, hands and feet. Rich in Vitamin E and Bio-Pharm oil, the intensive formulation will nourish and moisturise all skin types, whilst providing the protection your skin requires.
Bramley Lavender Talc: So satiny and delicate! Keep your skin fragrant and dry with our silky talcum powder. It’s super-fine and instantly absorbs moisture, leaving you feeling velvety soft, protected and confident all day, every day.
Bramley Lavender Foam Bath: Share the memory of the day with this elegant and rich Foam Bath. It will help to soothe, revitalise and provide a luxuriant bath time experience.
Bramley Lavender Roll On: For all day freshness and confidence, this roll on is used to protect against perspiration, combat bacteria and underarm odour. Delicately fragranced, this deodorant will leave your skin feeling soft, velvety and fresh with a dry skin feeling. Conveniently packaged in an easy to hold and apply big ball roll on container.
Bramley Lavender Body Lotion: Radiant skin starts here! This rich, moisturising and all South African Body Lotion is easily absorbed, leaving your skin feeling soft and velvety. Also rich in our signature Bio-Pharm oil and Vitamin E, this Body Lotion is an excellent, essential addition to your daily body care routine.
SOiL Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia): A must for the first-aid box! A versatile oil, Lavender is renowned for its relaxing and calming properties and its ability to relieve headaches and insomnia. Excellent for all skin types, it is also effective in the treatment of burns and prevention of scarring.
SOiL Lavender Soy Wax Melts: Allow the relaxing and soothing properties of Lavender to create a feeling of comfort and calm.
SOiL Lavender and Tea Tree Sanitiser: This 70% alcohol-based solution is enhanced with the antiviral and antibacterial properties of organic Tea Tree essential oil. The added organic Lavender essential oil allows one to cleanse and protect your hands while enjoying the soothing and calming scent of lavender.
SOil Sleep: Essential oils have long been used to provide relaxation and promote sleep. This soothing blend of Organic Lavender, Bergamot, Sweet Marjoram and Vetiver 100% pure essential oils can provide a perfect sedative effect.
SOiL Organic Lavender Scented Shea Butter: An indulgent, hydrating and soothing blend of pure Lavender essential oil with Ugandan Shea Butter. This blend is a powerful natural moisturiser that soothes and nourishes dry, damaged skin while providing a relaxing and calming scent. Fair Trade Certified.
SOiL Bug Away: A 100% PURE OIL BLEND of Eucalyptus, Citronella, Lavender and Clove Bud essential oils to repel insects. It can be used in an oil burner, a diffuser or in a carrier oil for topical application.
SOiL Organic Baby Massage Blend: This gentle blend of Chamomile, Lavender and Olive oil will help keep your baby’s skin moisturised and can also help relax colicky babies.
SOiL Organic Relax Remedy Roller: Calms the nervous system, promotes tranquility and helps relieve tension headaches.
Earthsap Lavender & Rosemary Roll-On: Earthsap roll-on deodorants are made from pure & simple ingredients & essential oils that won’t harm or irritate the skin.
Earthsap Foam Bath: Enjoy a stress-relieving bath time indulgence with this Foam Bath from Earthsap. Lavender & Juniper Berry will ease tension and relax your mind as you soak, leaving your skin soft and clean and your mood serene. A great foam bath to use before bed after a long, stressful day.
Earthsap Lavender & Sugar Beet Shampoo: This is a gentle but very effective natural shampoo that will strengthen and repair your hair. Made with restorative soy protein and sugarbeet, which is packed with nutrients that promote healthy hair growth, it’s a simply heavenly combination. Lavender oil helps your hair to grow, plus there’s some rosemary and wheat germ in the mix too, to keep your hair supple and healthy. This natural Earthsap shampoo forms a luxurious lather to rival any commercial shampoo, but rest assured it’s 100% non-toxic with no SLS or synthetic ingredients. Suitable for all hair types.
Earthsap Lavender & Sugar Beet Conditioner: This is a non-toxic natural conditioner made from pure, natural ingredients that work to replenish and soften your hair. Sugarbeet not only conditions your scalp, but also nourishes your hair and follicles to give you lovely thick and shining locks. Lavender has been proven to stimulate hair growth, plus it gives the conditioner a pleasant, calming aroma. Add a dash of marula oil and you have the perfect recipe for healthy, beautiful and manageable hair. This Earthsap conditioner is suitable for all hair types
Earthsap Lavender & Rosemary Hand Soap: This all-natural hand soap is so gentle and therapeutic you can use it to cleanse your hands and your face as well. It’s made with a wonderful blend of skin-friendly ingredients and is free of harsh synthetic chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about it drying your skin out. Lavender oil adds a wonderfully calming scent and also keeps germs at bay, while rosemary soothes as wheat germ cleanses and hydrates. Add to your family’s kitchen or bathroom sink, and keep your hands germ-free with a mild natural hand wash; mild enough for sensitive skin.
Earthsap Lavender & Rosemary Air Freshener: Earthsap Air Freshener is made from 100% natural oil which equals fewer allergies and contains no petrochemicals, no artificial dyes/ preservatives, no synthetic fragrances or sodium laureth sulphate.
Earthsap Lavender Nature’s Jelly: The perfect natural alternative to petroleum jelly; the Nature’s Jelly formula from Earthsap contains no petrochemicals, parabens or preservatives. It protects the skin without blocking the pores, and softens dry or cracked skin beautifully. Use it on dry elbows, cracked heels and chapped lips – it’s even gentle enough to use on your baby’s bum to guard against nappy rash and wetness. The mild, fresh lavender scent will appeal to your whole family.
Earthsap Bath Salts Wild Rose and Lavender: Earthsap Wild Rose and Lavender Bath Salts will leave the skin feeling nourished and pampered. A blend of natural rose and lavender oils combined with mineral sea salts will provide a natural source of vitamins.