Lavender (Lavandula) is an easy to grow, evergreen shrub that produces beautiful purple scented flowers above green or silvery foliage. This drought resistant plant thrives in Australia, and can be grown in container, or gravel garden.
With anti anxiety properties it makes sense to have a lavender plant nearby at your home of office! When you don't have space or time to grow your own, some essential oil can infuse the properties into the air with added health and beauty benefits if used on the skin, scalp or consumed in tea.
Relaxation: Mix a few drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser or use on the scalp or skin diluted with a suitable carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba. You can experiment a bit with different combinations of carrier oils and essential oils.
General Skin care: The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions.
Insomnia Relief: Insomnia is a condition that manifests itself in the inability to fall sleep restively. It is usually caused by anxiety, stress and depression. Drinking Lavender tea releases the fragrances which may help relieve this sleep disorder.
Hair: One study found that massaging the scalp with a combination of several essential oils, including lavender, rosemary, thyme and cedar wood, improved hair growth. For a hair massage oil mix a few drops with a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil before applying to the scalp.
Enjoy the relaxation benefits and scalp benefits by adding it to your bath or customising your shampoo and conditioner. Add a few drops of essential oil to get the benefits every time you wash your hair. Massage your scalp gently for 5 minutes in the shower when you condition to boost hair growth.
The benefits of lavender
Reduces anxiety and stress
Antiseptic and anti-fungal
Improves skin complexion and reduces acne
Slows aging with powerful antioxidants
Improves eczema and psoriasis