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Ingredient of the month: Lavender

  • Posted on: 21 June, 2019

Ingredient of the month: Lavender

This month we’re taking a closer look at the medicinal qualities of beautifully fragrant lavender. 

We use this exquisite component in several of our lovely products at Pretty Little Treat Co. including a relaxing bath infusion, a butter balm and our gorgeous lavender gift set. 

The lavender scent itself is considered calming, with many researchers suggesting it aids sleep quality and anxiety. 

It’s no surprise then that Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, the oil promotes relaxation and is also believed to treat fungal infections, allergies, eczema, nausea, and those dreaded menstrual cramps! 

Lavender also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. When taken internally (though we wouldn’t advise without a doctor’s advice!) lavender has been known to help treat indigestion and gas.

Lavender is both a flowering plant and a useful herb. Interestingly, it was used during the Black Plague, which affected London in the 16th century. Lavender oil was used to ward off the disease and bunches of the flower were sold in the streets in an attempt to ease the smell of the dead and dying. 

For those affected by hair loss, lavender can also promote new hair growth. You might be interested to learn that luscious long locks can possibly be attained by using products including lavender as a hair growth promoting agent. When combined with other essential oils including thyme, rosemary and cedarwood it has been shown to significantly improve hair loss in alopecia areata when massaged into the scalp daily.

With bright and warmer weather just around the corner (we hope!) it’s good to know that lavender makes a great remedy to ease sunburn. Just a few drops with aloe vera gel or with peppermint essential oils can help to take the sting out of sunburn.

In celebration of this amazing ingredient we’re offering 10% OFF all of our lavender products until the end of June! 

Remember, always use a carrier oil when using essential oils.