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Lavender

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Lavandula angustifolia (officinalis)


Lavender flowers, dried or fresh, can be used in herbal skin care. They contain up to 3% essential oil and 12% tannins, and this helps to foster the healing of wounds and sores. Lavender can also be used to help acne, eczema and minor skin irritations such as sunburn and minor inflammations.

This herb is a popular ingredient in beauty products, as it is tolerated well by most skins. An infusion of lavender flowers can be used when making creams, lotions and gels. When treating wounds, it is better to use a tincture.

To make a lavender infusion, use 20g dried or fresh flowers to one litre of water. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil in the final stage of the cream/gel method to enhance the effectiveness of the infusion.

 

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