Lavender – everything you need to know

The following blog is for information only and is no substitute for medical advice or your own research. Please be mindful of your needs and seek appropriate professional support as necessary.

Lavender is the most incredible flower and essential oil.  Not only does it smell incredible and look beautiful in the garden but, once extracted, its essential oil has the most amazing skin benefits.

Not only does it help to reduce scarring but it soothes burns, cuts, scrapes, scalds and spots.  It also balances skins sebum – if your skin is oily lavender oil will suppress sebum production and if it’s dry it will encourage more production. Amazing!

A lot of my products, skin saving balm for example, contain organic lavender essential oil plus an infusion of lavender petals.  The lavender I use in the infusions comes from both mine and my mother-in-laws garden so it’s really local!

Lavender.  Whether you're a lover or a hater there's no denying its incredible powers for your skin and soul.
Lavender. Whether you’re a lover or a hater there’s no denying its incredible powers for your skin and soul.

The history of Lavender

Lavender is a staple ingredient of many aromatherapy and wellbeing products. And is it any wonder?

Recorded use of lavender being used as a wellbeing aid date back as far as 2,500 years ago, being used in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Lavender was regularly used in ancient Rome too, especially during their bathing practices, to help keep bacteria away.

But what do we know about this beautiful and useful plant and why is it so great for your skin? Here’s a quick rundown of the essentials of this essential oil ingredient.

All you need to know about lavender

There are 47 different species and over 450 different varieties of lavender. It’s part of the genus Lavendula, and it may surprise you to know that this scented flowering plant is actually part of the mint family – Lamiaceae.

It’s easy to grow and simple to dry. You just need to bunch it together, using string or elastic bands and hang it upside down somewhere dark and cool to dry.

To dry lavender simply pick, tie with string and leave hanging upside down somewhere dark and cool.
To dry lavender simply pick, tie with string and leave hanging upside down somewhere dark and cool.

Lavender is great for your skin

Lavender essential oil is known to help reduce redness, blotchy patches, and acne scarring, whilst it’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for soothing and healing skin that’s irritated or reddened from the sun. It can also help with insect bites.

It promotes a sense of wellbeing and is particularly helpful for those people who suffer from anxiety and sleep problems, due to its relaxing properties. It’s why so many people find it beneficial to carry a tissue that’s had a couple of drops of lavender essential oil dropped onto it – it helps to calm the mind and body.

Products that contain lavender

So with all that being said, now we can move onto the exciting bit! Here’s a selection of natural products that contain lavender essential oil, so you can reap all of those wonderful benefits.

Sleepy Thyme Balm

If you can’t relax, this innocent-looking little pot could be the answer! Contains 6 different essential oils and can be used during the day to keep you calm, and at night to help you drift off into a relaxing sleep.

Skin Saving Balm

Described by fans as ‘wonder in a pot’, this is the go-to product for difficult skin. It’s versatile, as it can be used on scrapes, bites, dry skin, spots and scars, and is great for treating both the symptoms and itching of eczema and psoriasis.

Lavender Soaps

We have a range of gorgeous lavender soaps, designed to help you relax and unwind. There’s the gorgeous lavender and rosemary soap, relax and unwind soap containing both lavender and patchouli, and our pure lavender soap, to name just a few.

Skincare products

There’s a whole range of skincare products you can use if you’re looking for ones containing lavender. We have white tea and lavender face cream, the incredibly gentle lavender and oat milk eye cream, lavender and oat facial cleanser and the oat milk and neroli creamy cleanser.

And of course, there’s even a lavender and tea tree solid shampoo and even a glycerine and lavender hand cream, just to finish off the lavender-scented product goodness!

To see all my products that contain lavender just click this link and you’ll got to the lavender section of the website.

Lavender products available from The Maldon Soap Company
Lavender products available from The Maldon Soap Company

In conclusion

Lavender is brilliant for so many skin conditions and inhaling lavender is great for relaxation and to induce sleep. It’s also been used to heal burns.

If you’re interested in some further reading about how lavender oil helped a little boy with severe burns here’s the link to a brilliant blog written by the legendary Robert Tisserand.

Obviously this treatment was closely monitored and approved by doctors and surgeons so isn’t something that should take place without medical supervision.

So, who’s going to try some of these lavender products? Do let me know as I love hearing from you!

Lots of love
Sue xxx

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