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aromatherapy herb uses

lavender

Lavender is a wonderful herb for skin care. Its essential oil heals sunburn, irritation, bites and scrapes, improves the texture and tone of blemish prone skin and is so gentle it can be applied undiluted to the skin.

A tablespoon of lavender buds mixed in a cup of witch hazel make a very calming balancing toner for oily skin. If you stir a handful of buds in a couple of teaspoons of honey it will perform beautifully as a face cleansing scrub to clean and hydrate your complexion and shrink pores for a smoother, more refined look.

For a balancing facial the steam of lavender tea mixed with a tablespoon of vinegar livens up a dull complexion and cleanses clogged pores, restoring the natural ph to oily skin.

A lavender cream or lotion protects the face during the harsh winter months and relieves sunburn during the summer. A few tablespoons of lavender buds ground up to a fine dust and mixed with talcum powder or cornstarch make a great body powder, gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin.

An aromatic bath with lavender, thyme and tea tree oil will protect your skin against microbes and fungi while pampering and toning it at the same time. An added benefit is that it will help you get a restful night’s sleep, especially if followed by applying a few drops of lavender essential oil under your nose or placing a sachet filled with lavender buds and hops inside your pillow.

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