As one of the most-loved scents around the world, lavender is a relaxing and romantic fragrance. In ancient times, it was used for mummification and perfumery by the Egyptians, while the Greeks and Romans bathed in water scented with the plant. England's Queen Elizabeth I was also a lavender lover. She was known for using it as the scent of her perfume and for drinking lavender tea to calm her headaches. More than 230 years later, Queen Victoria always asked her servants to put lavender in every room to freshen the air and linen. Ancient Iranians also used it as a traditional treatment for burns and inflammatory conditions.
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But enough name dropping. Let's focus on what lavender can do for your body and mind. The essential oil has been found to relieve depression, anxiety and stress by slowing down brainwaves, while also acting as an antioxidant and collagen booster. This is why lavender is raved about in the skincare world. A happy mind and healthy skin - what more can you ask for?
Lavender got its name from the Latin root lavare, which means "to wash". It could be due to the fact that lavender was often used in baths and has antibacterial properties. The cleansing ability also makes it a natural and effective ingredient for deodorant. This natural antiseptic has also been used as air freshener and insect repellent.
Its calming properties mean that lavender is great for before-bed skin treatment, and the essential oil has a wonderful balancing effect on the nervous system and is ideal for those who suffer from insomnia.
While it's a time-tested ancient remedy, lavender's benefits have also been scientifically studied. Researchers at Oldham Cottage Hospital in England did a study on elderly patients by putting one drop of the scent on each patient's pillow at night, and the participants were found to experience increased daytime alertness and improved sleep patterns. In another study, people who received a massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than those who received a massage without it.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are recommended to avoid using lavender orally, and some people have reported an allergic reaction when coming into contact with or consuming lavender. However, so far, there seems to be no report of the smell doing any harm, so if unsure, a scented candle is a good option.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant minimises and neutralises odour naturally with a sage, lemon and lavender blend.
Panpuri Lavender & Vanilla Calming Massage and Body Oil melts away stress with a calming blend of relaxing certified organic lavender.
Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender Spray Cologne is a light and easy-to-wear fragrance ideal for daily use.
Erb Lavender Lush Collection soothes the mind and revitalises skin cells for an invigoratingly fresh feeling.
Add a few drops of Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Bath Oil to make your bath time an uplifting experience.
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