Have you heard about the properties of the lavender oil? No? At first, neither did me, but today I’m grateful to have found it.
I have really sensitive skin. Most chemicals irritate my skin leaving me red rashes for weeks. Waxing is terrible, and don’t even mention razors! Those are a nightmare for me! Since I have been dealing with these issues my entire life, I decided to do some research on how I can redress these effects. That’s how I came across this miracle!
Lavender oil is obtained by distilling lavender and is one of the essentials oils with more properties and benefits for the skin. In fact, people who are into the aromatherapy world know that this oil is a must have item. So let’s find out WHY lavender oil is so powerful.
- Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
- Regenerative: it keeps the skin clean and looking great because it regenerates any zone that has suffered burns, dermatitis, acne, etc.
- Enhancer: when this oil is diluted in other oil, such as coconut oil, enhances all the properties of the base oil. In other words, coconut oil is known for hydrating the skin and by adding a few drops of lavender oil, the effect would be duplicated.
After learning these facts, I decided to incorporate this oil into my beauty routine. Not only because I wanted to enhance the appearance of my skin, but also because I wanted it to look healthier. But before proceeding to include it, I learned about WHAT was the best way in which I could use lavender oil in order to get most of its benefits without causing any harm or side effects on my skin. Remember that it is not recommendable to apply any essential oil directly on the skin because we may get sensitization in that area.
The concentration of the dilution depends on the usage of the essential oil, i.e., what do we want to use the essential oil for. For instance, in this case, I used lavender oil for daily skin care, which means that my dilution was of 2-3%. According to AromaWeb, the easiest way to make a 2% dilution is to measure the essential oil by drops while adding them to a base oil. The base oil that I chose was coconut oil because is a natural moisturizer and works great on the skin. The number of drops may vary depending on the ml that we use. Since I poured 30 ml (1 oz.) of coconut oil into a bowl, I added 12-15 drops of lavender oil to create my 2% dilution.
Here I will leave you a conversion chart that was really helpful for me when I started to use an essential oil. The chart was made by Robert Tisserand, Valerie Worwood and Kurt Schnaubelt who are well-known authors in the aromatherapy world. In fact, Tisserand wrote a book named “Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals,” which contains 400 essential oils profiles and their usages. Of course, these are average measures that serve as guidelines to create dilutions. Dilutions usually vary depending on the age, health condition, and skin sensitivity. Since I have sensitive skin, I would recommend the same measure that I have used because I haven’t developed any reaction or sensitization.
The usage of essential oils has to be taken seriously and must be done properly in order to get positive results. I have been applying both coconut oil and lavender oil on my legs for a month now, and the results had been awesome. My skin is not only smoother and softer, but also the irritation has decreased notably. I encourage you to try essential oils as long as you are responsible regarding this matter.
I will always share with you what has worked for me explaining it as much as I can with detailed information. I’m sure there are more people with similar skin problems, and that’s why I decided to write a post about this subject. It really helped me, and I thought that maybe it would also help you.