Lavender can be distinctly picked out over many fragrances because of its distinct aroma. It has for hundreds of years been used as a perfume as well as for health benefits that were not realised until much later. It can even be consumed as part of your cooking regime and it can be used topically and provide benefits from its aroma alone, but don’t take my word for it.  Read on to find out more about lavender oil benefits

Topical uses

Lavender oil has been shown to help ease skin irritation, shaving and dry skin conditions. By applying topically after shaving you can relieve your affected skin of bumps that can look unsightly and feel uncomfortable as well as nourish your skin so that it looks smooth and fresh. It can also be applied to the face and all over the body to cleanse and provide the biggest organ of your body (the skin) with the nourishment it needs to look and feel healthy.

Forget the expensive lotions and potions that claim to help you to get soft hands. Washing up, touching chemicals and the environment itself can all take its toll on one of the most exposed parts of the body. Lavender oil can be used to create a special cuticle cream to help bring life back to your nails. Anywhere on your body that is affected by dry skin can be treated with a lavender oil cream for a moisturised healthy feel and look.

Although we are all encouraged to get enough sun for optimum health, too much can cause adverse effects including skin irritation. Lavender oil works as a great as it can replenish the skin and relieve irritation.

Aromatic benefits    

If like many you throw away your potpourri and go and purchase more once the original fragrance has disappeared ‘STOP!’ By adding a few of the lavender oil drops to your tired potpourri you can bring it back to life repeatedly.

Many products on the market claim to contain lavender oil to help you to drift off to sleep restfully. The problem is many of them contain only a small amount. By using the lavender oil by adding a few drops to your bedding you could drift off naturally. Another method to help you relax is to add a few drops to the soles of your feet; however, this is best done before going to bed to avoid slipping.

Diffusing benefits

There are ways that you can benefit internally from lavender oil special properties without ingesting it. The best way to do this is by using a diffuser. By heating or diffusing the oil you can make the room/area smell fresh and beautiful as well as benefit from its relaxing properties.

Air fresheners tend to cover smells and in some cases, make them smell worse. A great way to get rid of the smell of pets, children and other household smells is to use a lavender oil spritz. You can create one by combining the oil with water and spraying a light mist in the areas that need it.

Although you only need to add a few drops of the oil to your meals, it can be used in cooking to calm down citrus flavours and add a twist to numerous savoury and sweet dishes.