There is no doubt that you have noticed the addition of lavender to many of our skin products in the past few years. Lavender is gentle enough for an infant and powerful enough to take on the most challenging of skin problems.
Using lavender as a natural facial moisturizer is nothing new. The practice dates back generations. The calming oils and the lovely smell of lavender made it a favorite of the Egyptians. They even put fresh lavender and lavender oils in the tombs of royalty.
You Don’t Need to Have a Green Thumb to Grow This Plant
It’s actually easy to grow lavender. The main thing you must remember is to get a quality lavender crop, you must begin with quality seed. Lavender grows in thick bunches and it loves sunlight. Plant your lavender where it will get 5-6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The soil must have good drainage, which is why rocky areas are sometimes used. Use organic matter for fertilizer. If you have a kitchen compost; that is perfect. If not, use manure or other organic matter.
- Do your homework. There are various types of lavender, and some grow better in particular climates. Ask your seed vendor for help. You can grow lavender that is not common in your climate, but you will have to put the extra work in it to make it happen.
- Plant in mounds of dirt about 18 inches tall. Lavender doesn’t like to be crowded. It is a low maintenance plant.
- The best time to prune your lavender is right after it bloom. Please note. Harvesting your flowers is not pruning. Pruning is clipping the greenery before it turns to wood. It helps the lavender maintain its shape.
- Pay close attention to the lavender plants until they begin to rapidly growl=. At that point, it is best to leave it alone. Neglect is your friend once your plants are thriving.
Rub a few drops of lavender oil on your temples to reduce headaches. Add it to your conditioner for healthy and shiny hair. Lavender oil repels insects. Wash your child’s hair with lavender, and rub a few drops around the hairline, back of the neck, and behind the ears to repel head lice.
Making Your Own Facial Moisturizer
As the temperatures get warmer and we spend more time outside, our skin needs extra protection. Lavender has the properties you need to help shield your skin from the sun. It relieves bug bites, scratches, rashes, scrapes, and cuts.
Below, we will give you a simple recipe for making your all-natural moisturizers. You can experiment with the recipe to make it perfect for your skin. You may need a few extra drops of lavender or a little more vitamin E. As you adjust the recipe, you will feel the difference and when you discover the right balance for you, you will never go back to a store-bought product again.
Lavender Moisturizer Recipe
- 3 Ounces coconut oil
- 15 – 20 drops of fresh lavender oil
- ½ teaspoon E oil
- 1 ounce pure aloe
Place all the ingredients in a bowl. Stir with a whisk until the product is a fluffy consistency. Place it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. You can store it in any cool place.
After washing the face, apply the cream to your damp skin and massage gently. This will lock the moisture in your face. Use the lavender moisturizer every morning and every night.
Tip: The scent of lavender is used to help calm the nerves and induce relaxation. Putting the cream on just before bed may help you sleep better.
Plant your lavender soon and you will find many uses for it. Lavender is a beautiful plant to add to your home garden. Call for your fresh seeds soon. This is prime time for planting.