I am not a big fan of lavender, but if you have a bunch of blue plants growing in your neighbour’s garden… why not make them useful? After gaining permission from my lovely neighbour I lurked myself into the blue sea of lavender. I could tolerate them because the flowers didn’t smell as strong as essential oil of lavender does. After picking a few (nicest) plants, I transformed them into a face tonic.
Lavender is widely used in skin care, especially in natural products, but somehow, for me, it just doesn’t work… the smell irritates me more than anything! I admit , I avoid skin care products with this plant and as much as natural they are, I am simply not interested. Once I received a present, Liz Earle shower gel… with lavender… ohh, I didn’t enjoy my showers as much anymore… I don’t remember using up a shower gel as quickly as I used the lavender one…
However, I recognise the benefits of this plant to our skin. It is antimicrobial, helps healing wounds, calms and soothes the skin, a useful remedy for burns, soothes bees stings, combats blemishes, prevents skin cancer, is an excellent antioxidant plus regular use of lavender can delay ageing. Lavender is one of the most active essential oils against MRSA. All this sounds great, however skin allergies to lavender oil happen occasionally, just like to any other essential oils since most of them contain sensitisers such linalool and linalyl acetate, components naturally occurring in essential oils.
For those who love lavender, here is a DIY recipe of home made Lavender Water, which I used as a face tonic.
a handful of fresh lavender
100ml boiling water
In a bowl, place the lavender buds and drown them in hot water.
Cover the bowl or any other pot and leave the brew to steep for a few hours.
I left it until it got cold.
Drain the mixture, pour the Lavender Water into a bottle and place it into the fridge. You can add a little bit of alcohol such a pure vodka into this water to preserve and prolong the shelf life of the product, but I left it as it is. Alcohol tends to dry out the skin and I don’t like it.
After washing your face in the morning, spray a little bit of Lavender Water on a cosmetic cotton pad and gently wipe your face. The cool water will instantly refresh your skin. Remove the access water with a dry cotton pad so that it doesn’t prevent your day cream successfully soaking into your lovely skin.
Use the tonic within 2 weeks and always keep it in the refrigerator.