Lavender: mens sana in corpore sano

“Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green

When I’ll be king, dilly dilly, you’ll be my queen…”

Lavender is an herb native of northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. Its strong and beautiful smell is typical of the fields of Provence, and its beneficial powers are endless: it is not only good for the body but also for the soul, because its aroma is relaxing and helps clean the mind.

Commonly used in fragrances and shampoos, its name derives from the latin word “lavare” (to wash). The herb does just that, it cleans body and soul.

First of all, it helps with fungal infections: with the beginning of the summer come the first trips to the pool. If you are clever, you will bring a pair of flip flops wherever you go, but the risk of catching one of those bastards is high. Lavender oil is lethal for most of them, because it destroys the fungal cell’s membrane

Because of his purifying powers, lavender is also great for wound healing: after you have disinfected a wound you can apply some drops of lavender essential oil, it will do wonders.

For the same reason it is amazing for burns, you just need to use a couple drops over the area, or a decoction in case the burn is still too sensitive and hurts when you rub the essential oil over it.

But let’s talk about the main reason it is used for: hair care

Lavender oil is extremely effective in treating hair loss. This is because it cures insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression, which are the common causes of hair loss (12). Regular massage with this oil helps in controlling hair loss and improving hair growth by increasing blood circulation.

Lavender essential oil can also help you get rid of dry itchy scalp and dandruff. You can mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of olive or almond oil and heat the mixture for about 10 seconds. Massage your scalp with this warm oil mixture and put on a shower cap. Wash off with a mild shampoo after an hour.

You can also mix five drops of rosemary and lavender oils with three tablespoons of some unscented oil. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes. After that, wash your hair with shampoo – this is another effective way of treating dandruff.

Lavender can be used as a conditioner as well. You can prepare a hair rinse by boiling ¼ cup of dried lavender in 2 cups of water and adding a few drops of lavender oil. Rinse your hair with it and leave for 15 minutes. This will make your hair shiny and fragrant, and treat dandruff as well

So, go have fun with lavender, and enjoy having silky-smooth hair!

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