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So with all the great feedback I’ve been getting about my posts on coconut oil and eco-friendly beauty products, I decided to write a small series called, ‘Green Skin is Happy Skin’ and feature information about a different herb each week and how it can make your beauty routine and every-day life more natural and chemical free! I hope you find some of the information useful, or at least interesting. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below! :)
This week’s feature is Lavender! I absolutely love lavender! When I was little my mother would put dried lavender in a pouch inside my pillow, and it would calm me down and put me right to sleep. To this day lavender cookies are still my favorite and I love to light lavender incense once the sun goes down to get into evening mode and prepare for a good night’s sleep. If it was good enough for the Romans and the Greeks, it’s good enough for me!
Lavender is also great for calming and cleaning crazy skin. Some of its benefits include that of being antiseptic and anti-fungal which helps to reduce scarring and speeds healing. The essential oil is also an anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulant. This means we can use it medically as well as cosmetically.
You can use lavender in its fresh, dried or essential oil form as they all have various uses. Fresh lavender is edible as is the therapeutic essential lavender oil. Dried lavender makes an excellent relaxing and subtle tea.
- Get rid of puffy eyes in the morning by dabbing a little lavender oil under them with your ring finger. Also helps minimize the look of acne scars and blemishes.
- In the bath: put a small handful of dried or fresh lavender into a bag of muslin and tie it up tightly. Throw it into the bath for a relaxing and purifying soak.
- For better sleep, a drop of essential oil on the pillow or dried underneath in a pouch. You can also rub a dab or two on your palms and inner wrist for insomnia.
- To get rid of bugs and pests, mix lavender and sunflower oil and lightly apply as an insect repellent. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling. Can also be used on minor burns to decrease pain and prevent scarring.
- Mix several drops of Lavender oil with coconut oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
- To eliminate dandruff, rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp, or add several drops into your regular conditioner and use as usual.
- In a 32 oz. spray bottle mix 14-20 drops of Lavender oil with water for a chemical-free spray air freshener.
- Rub 2 drops of lavender oil in your armpits and dab on your inner wrists. This will act as a pleasant deodorant.
* A note on using oils: Essential oils are extremely concentrated and should be used with care. A few drops can go a long way, and overdoing it may result in an unpleasant experience. When in doubt, use less than you think you need, just to be safe. :)
Two lovely lavender products I’ve got hangin’ out in my bathroom are my hand lotion by Organic Surge, and my all-time fav Dr Bronner’s liquid soap. I use Dr Bronner’s for just about everything from dish washing to bubble bath and it’s certified organic and fair trade!
What do you use lavender for? Do you grow any at home or in your garden? What herb would you like me to feature next? Thanks for reading & have a great day!
When I buy beauty products, I try to asses which item to purchase by asking myself if it’s good for my body (no harsh chemicals or toxins), good for the Earth (biodegradable and organic certified), & good for my soul (meaning I’ll feel no regret about the purchase; not tested on animals or containing any animal by-products).
When I was a teenager, I used to go out and buy whichever shampoo had the best commercials and not give it another thought. These days, I try to do a little research ahead of time and invest my money in a company who’s ideals and actions I can support. I believe that every time we make a purchase, we are voting for and offering up our silent approval of the company and whatever it is they might stand for. I’m not always perfect when it comes to finding biodegradable detergent, or paraben-free hand soap but over the years I’ve found some great products that I can feel good about reccomending to my friends and family.
My Most Loved Products:
Lush’s Ocean Salt - This is definitely my favourite cleanser. I only use it two or three times a week tops, so it really is a lot of bang for your buck. If you’re not prone to oily skin however, you may want to purchase the smaller container; these handmade products spoil a little faster than commercial products with preservatives.
Lush’s Karma Soap - The patchouli and lemongrass smell is what keeps me buying this soap, and the fact that its vegan and cruelty-free. One bar lasts me quite a while and leaves my bathroom always smelling fun.
100% Pure Cosmetics - I discovered this line of beauty products about a year ago and I absolutely fell in love with it! They are the first cosmetics line to be colored from antioxidant rich fruit and vegetable pigments and not synthetic dyes or minerals. Once again, since they are natural products, they spoil more quickly so it’s best to buy smaller amounts than you usually might. But as certified organic, all natural goes, this is by far the best cosmetic line I have found.
Yes To Carrots Shower Gel - Paraben free and organic. A solid bath or shower gel for a good price. Leaves no residue or overwhelming scent on your skin.
Avalon Organic’s Rosemary Shampoo & Conditioner - While a little on the pricey side, this shampoo has transformed my hair to deliciously bouncy and light locks instead of feeling greasy after one day. Paraben free and cruelty free, organic certified and 100% recyclable bottles: what more could you ask for in a shampoo?
What To Look For:
- Paraben/Phthalates/PCB-free: Contains no traces of these harsh chemicals. Parabens and phthalates are found in the ingredient list of a product, while PCBs can be found in the plastic of the product’s container.
- USDA Organic certified: The Certified USDA Organic symbol is one of the most trustworthy labels around, especially on foods. But because the USDA only has jurisdiction over farm-raised ingredients, not all beauty product ingredients are regulated under this program.
- 100% Organic: The product must contain only organically produced ingredients.
- Organic: The product must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients.
- Made with Organic Ingredients: The product must contain at least 70% organically produced ingredients.
- Organic Ingredients: Products which contain less than 70% organically produced ingredients can only include organic ingredients on its ingredients list, but these products cannot display the USDA Organic seal.
- The IOS Natural & Organic Cosmetic certification: requires that all food ingredients be organic and that the company follow a strict set of eco-friendly guidelines, including use of recycled and fair trade materials and production methods with minimal environmental impact.
Thanks for reading guys! Hope you found this helpful in someway! :)