Dry skin plagues many of us, particularly in the colder winter months. From mild and
moderate seasonal dry skin to more serious skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis,
lavender oil can provide relief to all skin types.
Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) contains a component called linalool, which helps
to maintain skins sense of balance. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that
provide soothing relief to dry and sensitive skin, as well as ease redness and flakiness
caused by any persistent itching. Further, lavender oil helps cellular turnover, assisting in
the removal of dead skin cells and the growth of new ones.
Add 15-20 drops to a warm (but not too hot) bath. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
Mix 3-5 drops of lavender oil with a teaspoon of unscented lotion. Massage into skin as
needed for relief.
For particularly dry patches of skin, massage 2-3 drops of undiluted lavender oil into the
affected area. Repeat several times throughout the day.
For a soothing skin rub, and for larger areas, mix 3-5 drops of lavender oil with 2 teaspoons
of melted coconut oil (or any type of carrier oil). Massage generously onto skin, and cover
with sleeves or pants to allow the oil to fully absorb into skin.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.