There are few scents as widely recognized as lavender. Inhale it briefly and you instantly feel a renewed sense of zen, right? You may be curious to learn more about lavender and how something as simple as a smell can make you feel so good.
By the end of this blog, you'll know all about lavender, its benefits, and why it's such a healthy and effective complement to your beauty routine.
A brief history of lavender
The plant genus Lavandula, including 30+ species, is native to the Mediterranean region. It quickly spread to Africa and Middle Eastern countries where lavender's earliest recorded use was in ancient Egypt.
Its Latin root origin “lavare” literally means “to wash.” Lavender oil became an MVP ingredient in the mummification process but later gained popularity as a bath additive throughout Greece, Rome, and Persia.
Ancient cultures believed that lavender purified the body and mind, and not much has changed today.
Lavender does more than smell good
Sure, it creates a nice smell but why is lavender oil so popular? Lavender has been utilized for centuries for much more than spa days. It has plenty of medicinal benefits, like treating:
- bug bites
- muscle spasms
- mild pain, like menstrual cramps
- mental health issues
Regardless if you believe lavender heals ailments, one sniff and you can understand why this oil is used to promote calmness and wellness. But what external, beauty benefits does lavender unlock? That's up next.
Beauty benefits of lavender
Adding to the long list of lavender uses are all the following beauty benefits derived from this oil.
Improved sleep and relaxation
"Beauty sleep" is a real thing and we need a full night's rest to reap the benefits. If you're sick of counting sheep, try indulging in some lavender scented products. A scientific journal claims that lavender is "an excellent natural remedy to treat insomnia and improve the sleep quality."
Promotes natural hair growth
Various scientific studies have discovered that lavender oil significantly increased the number of hair follicles and their depth. This suggests lavender oil effectively promotes hair growth, especially when used with other essential oils.
Treat acne and clear pores
Lavender oil also has antibacterial properties. Since it kills bacteria, it can help treat acne and balance the skin. Because it's non-comedogenic, lavender oil will not clog pores, making it a great addition to holistic remedies and DIY treatments.
Since essential oils can be harsh on the skin 1x1, don't forget to mix lavender oil with argan, coconut, or jojoba oil before applying - or simply use a product filled with the good stuff.
Holistic beauty products with lavender
When VIVI's founder was formulating our collection of holistic beauty products, she did her research to find the highest quality, most effective ingredients on the planet. She's familiar with the beauty benefits of lavender and opted to put this essential oil into VIVI Naturals' Proprietary Adaptogen Blend along with 9 other adaptogens.
Both Root 66 and CB-Detox are hair products containing lavender oil, among plenty of other adaptogens, vitamins, and hair-loving ingredients. Vita+ is our original hand sanitizer that doesn't just kill germs, but nourishes hands with a scent of - you guessed it - lavender! Shop all our products here.