Lavender is a well-known skin and mind soothing herb. It is traditionally used to induce sleep thanks to its mind soothing and relaxing properties. Not many are aware of lavender’s benefits and uses for health and hair. Lavender is usually used in the form of lavender essential oil. Another effective way to use it is in the form of lavender water. Here is how to make lavender water along with its beauty benefits and uses:
You need a handful of lavender and 100 ml of water. Remove the lavender stems and put the flowers in water. Put the vessel on medium flame and cover it with a lid. Let it simmer for 2 hours. Put the flame on low after 30 minutes. Once you are done with brewing, drain the mixture, pour the water into a clean glass bottle and store in the refrigerator. Your lavender water is ready.
BENEFITS AND USES:
Benefits: Lavender is anti-inflammatory and the water can be used to soothe skin inflammation topically. It soothes the skin and reduces any redness.
To use: To use lavender water to reduce inflammation on the skin, simply apply it on th inflammation and let it dry. You can also add few drops of the lavender water in your body cream or lotion. To reduce redness on the face, splash or spray some lavender water on the skin and let it air dry. You can also use it to treat inflammation caused by mosquito bites.
Benefits: Lavender water can be used to treat and prevent acne sine it is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe and treat acne.
To use: To use lavender water for acne, simply soak a cotton ball with the water made and apply it on the blemished skin and liberally over ripe acne. Keep it overnight and wash off in the morning. Follow this every night for quick results. If you have severe acne, use lavender water as face mist throughout the day. To make the treatment strong, you may also add few drops of lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil in the face mist.
Benefits: Lavender water being antibacterial and antifungal in nature helps eradicate dandruff and also prevent scalp infections.
To use: Lavender water is best used in the form of hair rinse for dandruff. To use lavender water as hair rinse, wash your hair as usual and pour it on the scalp and entire hair. Massage scalp and hair for a minute or two and tie a bun. Keep it for 3-4 minutes and then wash it off using plain water. You may also skip washing if you have severe dandruff problem.
Benefits: Lavender adds a subtle shine to your hair. Since it makes your hair healthy with regular usage, it also adds a healthy shine to it which is indicative of healthy hair.
To use: To use lavender water to make hair shiny, add few drops of lavender essential oil to it and use it as a hair spray leave-on treatment. After you are done washing your hair, simply spray it on towel dried hair and let it air dry.
Benefits: Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that can fight against the harmful effects of pollutants on the skin. Regular usage of lavender water on face keeps it looking young, bright and glowing.
To use: To use lavender water for glowing face, use it as a toner and face mist both. Soak a cotton ball with lavender water and use it to wipe your face after cleansing and before applying a moisturizer. Spray it on your face throughout the day.
Benefits: The sweet aroma of lavender essential oil can help mask body odour as well as unpleasant odour. In fact, since it is antibacterial and antifungal, it also prevents bacterial growth and prevents odour.
To use: To use lavender water as deodorant, soak a cotton call with it and use it to wipe your underarms. You can also spray lavender water in your armpits and all over the body to prevent body odour and add a burst of soothing fragrance.