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By Gabriela, 10 november 2022

The Green Bioplaneet Dictonary: Lavender

Lavender oil
The word lavender comes from the Latin word 'lavare', which literally means 'to wash'. In ancient Greece, Persia and Rome it was believed to help purify the body and mind and therefore added in bath. Lavender starts as a plant with beautiful purple flowers. The oil is obtained from steam distillation from the flowers of the lavender plant. You probably know lavender for its calming and sleep-inducing properties, but did you know that the flower can also be used to care for your hair and skin? Lavender oil or extract has a small molecular structure that allows it to penetrate deep into the hair and skin and do its restorative work.

Good for your hair
While lavender is famous for its soothing, relaxing and stress-relieving aroma, it has also been used traditionally to stimulate hair growth and to make the hair thicker and stronger. It is also used to reduce itching and dandruff. Lavender promotes blood flow and this ensures that the nutrients can reach the hair follicles better. The hair can grow better and healthier this way. In addition, lavender has antimicrobial properties, which has a beneficial effect on reducing itching and dandruff. It has therefore also been added to the Hydrating Cream Hairbath from Innersense Organic Beauty. This shampoo for thick and unruly hair contains lavender to restore the scalp, when it is affected by dandruff or hair loss . Do you suffer from very dry hair? The Conditioner for Dry Hair with Lavender & Avocado from John Masters Organics soothes stressed hair and nourishes it from root to tip.

Nice for your skin
The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender oil also benefit your skin. It helps to reduce blotchiness and redness, but also pimples. Lavender essential oil can regulate sebum production and balance moisture levels, so that the skin stays well hydrated and does not dry out. The oil is also able to kill the acne bacteria that enter your pores and prevent inflammation. One of the other benefits of lavender is that it is non-comedogenic and thus does not clog pores, making it a great choice for oily, acne-prone skin. The Period Face Mask from Faace, for example, contains lavender to bring hormone-sensitive skin back into balance. Lavender oil is also full of antioxidants, which protect your skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. For example, free radicals are partly responsible for fine lines and wrinkles. Lavender not only prevents damage to the skin cells, but it also increases the production of collagen. The Luna Goddess Night Serum from Made by Coopers reduces fine lines and promotes cell turnover. Do you suffer from dry or chapped skin that occasionally itches? Lavender oil provides relief as it restores moisture balance and strengthens the skin barrier. With the Relaxing Face & Body Oil from Made by Coopers, your skin remains well hydrated, soft and supple.

Soothing for your mind
Lavender is widely used in aromatherapy. Not only does it smell good, but it also helps you relax better. This is because the scent can reduce stress and anxiety and supports your mental well-being. In addition, lavender has a sleep-inducing effect. Because inhaling the lavender aroma makes you calmer both mentally and physically, it is ideal to spray on your pillow, for example, before going to sleep. An example of this is the Sleepy Head Room & Pillow Spray from Made by Coopers. Not only does it help you fall asleep easier, but you also sleep better and wake up looking fresher. Do you find burning a candle more pleasant to unwind and relax? With the Calm Natural Scented Candle and the Sleepy Head Natural Scented Candle, also both from Made by Coopers, you can relax the mind and body before meditation, bed or while at home. 

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