I have this stubborn sensitive patch.
Put some lavender oil on it.
My skin has breakouts; put lavender on them.
I’m feeling super stressed at the moment.
Yep, you guessed it, inhale some lavender.
Whilst they may not be handing out Nobel prizes to aromatherapists anytime soon.
That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some majorly exciting studies on lavender.
So let’s dive straight in and look at the skin-loving benefits of lavender oil:
The benefits of Lavender oil
Benefit 1: Protects Against UV Radiation
UV generates free radicals, and our body produces protective antioxidant enzymes, which decrease with age, making your skin more vulnerable to oxidative stress.
A study in Japan looked at the benefits of lavender essential oil and found that it inhibited singlet oxygen generation, which causes damage in response to UVA and UVB radiation (Sakurai et al. 2005). (1)
Linalool is a principal constituent of the essential oil lavender and has shown good in-vitro activity against basal cell carcinoma (Cherng et al., 2007). (2)
Another study found that a 10% dilution of linalool helped reduce skin tumour incidence in mice by 33% (Gould et al. 1987).
Promising research suggests that regular use of lavender oil can potentially suppress the ageing effects of UV on your skin.
Benefit 2: Aids in the Treatment of Eczema
Eczema is undoubtedly a debilitating skin condition.
Studies have found that high-grade lavender oil can help to relieve itching and reduce the symptoms of eczema, helping to accelerate the skin healing process. (3)
Benefit 3: A Potent Anti-ageing Antioxidant
Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that can fight against harmful free radicals on your skin.
Research has found that 10% dilution of linalool helped significantly reduce skin tumour incidences in mice by 33%. (4)
Several assays (Yang et al. 2010) found that Lavender oil is a powerful anti-ageing antioxidant, preventing premature ageing, sun damage, and even skin cancer. (5)
Benefit 4: Protective Against MRSA
Lavender oil can help to prevent MRSA. (Edwards-Jones et al. 2004). (6)
Studies have found that lavender oil help to treat conditions like ringworm and athletes’ foot, and it can help clear up viral infections such as cold sores and warts (Cassella et al. 20 02), (7)
Benefit 5: Lavender Reduces Acne Breakouts
Its potent antiviral and antibacterial properties are excellent and treating breakouts and acne.
Benefit 6: Heals Burns
Lavender oil is best known for its use on burns and preventing infection. (Gattefosse). (8)
Benefit 7. It Heals Scars
The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of lavender oil are ideal for wound healing and treating scars. (9)
Benefit 8. Analgesic Properties Calms and Soothes
Lavender oil has an extremely calming and soothing effect on your nervous system, which is why it is referred to for its ability to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. (10)
Lavender oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils; it has been a multipurpose pillar of plant-based medicine and aromatherapy for centuries.
It is an anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial, making it highly beneficial when treating skin conditions.
We recently put together an article on the lavender essential oil, where along with aromatherapist Holly, we debunked the controversy surrounding this essential oil.
Become your label detective when it comes to checking for purity; look for a supplier who deals directly with a reputable distiller or distils lavender oil themself.
You may also want to ensure that they use mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and gas chromatography to analyse the quality of their product.