Lovely Lavender – why we love it so much!

From its deliciously light scent to the powerful effect it has on our mood, Lavender is one of the world’s best known and loved garden plants, herbs and essential oils.

Lavender in fact originates from the mint plant, another herbal plant well known for its potent effects and uplifting scent. It was popular in Egyptian times when used as a perfume and also for mummification of the dead, while the Romans used it as a culinary herb, as an air refresher and enjoyed the essential oil in their baths.

Lavender even gets a mention in the bible; in those days, Lavender was known as “spikenard” and it is this term that is used in reference to Mary’s washing of Jesus’ feet.

Today, Lavender is best known and used for a range of benefits including the reduction of anxiety, mood elevation, sleep enhancement, for healing wounds, burns and canker sores, alleviating headaches and for the improvement of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

The effects of Lavender are so powerful in fact that a recent scientific study found after only a week of inhaling diffused Lavender essential oil for just one hour per day providing protection against cell damage that is known to lead to cancer.

In skincare it is used for its potent antioxidant effect, reducing the signs of ageing and restoring skin complexion. Its powerful anti microbial properties are also excellent for use in the treatment of acne and other bacterial/fungal skin conditions. It also provides a wonderfully calming effect that can improve mood and outlook, making it the ideal ingredient in your skincare product. The Bee Loved team adores the uplifting effects of just a hint of Lavender, alongside Chamomile and Rosemary extracts, in its soothing Body Lotion, a truly wonderful way to nourish dry skin at the beginning of each day.

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