Lavender is one of the most pleasant, floral aromas that is incredibly soothing and relaxing. Since spring is here, lavender flowers are in bloom. If you have lavender flowers and don’t know what to do with them, you can infuse them into an oil and make the salve in this article. A salve can help soothe the skin, filling in any dry areas of skin and replenishing them with nutrients.
Studies show that inhaling lavender’s aroma before bed contributes to a more restful night of sleep. You can place a few drops of lavender essential oil under your pillow, or inhale the aroma via a diffuser. That said, you can also make a lavender-infused salve, which has multiple uses. In fact, if you are new to making salves and want to learn more about them, this recipe is a great entry point. Continue reading to learn about some of lavender’s most impressive health benefits for the skin.
Antibacterial And Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Lavender’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties work together to help purify your skin. The antibacterial properties help fight bacteria and clean out the pores, while the anti-inflammatory properties calm the skin, reducing swelling that is common among other skin irritations. Lavender is also great at minimizing the appearance of scars. If the skin is not inflamed with infection, lavender can do a better job of forming new skin cells, according to research.
One of lavender’s most impressive benefits is that it can help improve circulation, which increases the delivery of oxygen to skin cells. When skin cells receive more oxygen, they get an energy boost and start producing new cells. New skin cell production makes your skin look more youthful and healthy. Additionally, better circulation through the bloodstream can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
According to several studies, lavender contains antioxidants that work to improve the look of your skin. How do they do this? By fighting free radicals that cause the skin to appear dull, antioxidants contribute to a more youthful glow. The same antioxidants may also help rid the skin of dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to come to the surface for improved skin barrier function. When you have a strong, healthy skin barrier, you are better protected against environmental pollutants.
Homemade Healing Lavender Salve
Ingredients For Lavender-Infused Oil:
- 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
- 12 ounces olive oil
- 4 ounces refined coconut oil, melted
Instructions For Lavender-Infused Oil:
- To make the lavender-infused oil, add the dried lavender to a 16-ounce, heat-safe glass jar.
- Pour in the olive oil and the melted coconut oil. Cap the jar and give it a little shake.
- Leave this jar in a cool dry place for a few weeks and then strain the oil after that, discarding the lavender flowers.
Ingredients For Lavender Salve:
- 1/2 cup lavender-infused oil
- 1/2 ounce beeswax
- 1/2 ounce refined shea butter
- 12 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Instructions For Lavender Salve:
- Melt the beeswax and shea butter in the top of a double boiler over medium-low heat. Once these ingredients are thoroughly melted, stir to combine and then remove from heat.
- Pour in the lavender-infused oil and the optional lavender essential oil.
- Get your tins read and then carefully pour this mixture into the tins. Allow the salve to cool at room temperature before screwing on the lids.
- Use when ready and store the tins in a cool, dry place.