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6 lesser-known benefits of lavender oil for your skin and hair

Number eight: Born on the eighth, seventeenth or twenty sixth of any month, let lavender work its magic on you!

Lavender oil has amazing nourishing and therapeutic benefits for both your skin and hair.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : February 10, 2015 4:03 PM IST

The sweet-scented lavender oil has a plethora of beauty benefits. The soothing essential oil has been used since the Roman era to soothe and soften the skin. Let us have a look at some of the amazing nourishing and therapeutic benefits lavender oil has for both your skin and hair. Also read about the 7 best oils for healthy and glowing skin.

1. Reduces wrinkles and age spots

Lavender oil helps in reducing the age spots such as wrinkles and fine lines. The fragrant oil boosts circulation in your skin thus improving the blood flow supplying an adequate amount of oxygen and nutrition to skin cells. This helps to firm your skin by boosting the skin renewal process. You can also try these home remedies to look 10 years younger.

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How to use:

  • Beat one egg white.
  • Add 2-3 drops of lavender oil to the beaten egg.
  • Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes before washing your face with warm water.
  • Use this three times a week for best results.

2. Treats acne

Lavender oil has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help fight the bacteria causing the acne. The oil can also help reduce the swelling and redness caused by the acne breakout. Here are 5 effective face packs for an acne-free skin.

How to use:

  • Simply dab a cotton ball in lavender oil and apply it to the areas affected by acne.
  • Continue with this routine every day before going to sleep for a healthy and unblemished complexion.

3. Controls hair loss

This nourishing oil not only aids in hair growth but also helps to prevent hair loss. This aromatherapy oil also helps to regulate blood circulation in the body including the scalp and thus promotes healthy hair growth.

How to use:

  • Massage your hair with lavender oil in the night from the roots to the tips.
  • Then wash it off with a mild shampoo in the morning.
  • Massaging your hair with lavender oil thrice a week will nourish your scalp and prevent hair loss.

4. Heals chapped lips

Lavender oil has both healing and moisturising effects that can work very well on the thin, delicate skin of the lips. It will also help in enhancing the colour of our lips.

How to use:

  • Just rub a few drops of lavender oil on your lips to moisturise them.
  • You can use it any time during the day and even keep it on overnight.

5. Soothes burns

The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of lavender oil are also very beneficial in healing burns. Due to its antiseptic action it acts as a pain reliever. Applying the oil on the burn can stimulate cell formation and also reduce the scarring.

How to use:

  • All you need to do is run cold water on the burnt area for 10 minutes.
  • Then apply lavender oil to the affected area.
  • Use the oil three times a day for quick healing.

6. Conditions your hair

The lavender essential oil helps balance the pH of your scalp and hair and is thus great for people with greasy hair. Battle dry and dull hair with these 5 hair masks.

How to use:

  • Combine 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of almond oil or olive oil.
  • Now heat the mixture for about 10 minutes.
  • Massage your hair with this warm oil and out a shower cap on.
  • Wash it off with a mild shampoo after an hour.
  • Using this once a week will leave your hair soft and shiny.

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