Would you sip on your perfume? Or slather your moisturiser on a piece of toast? Unlikely!
But what you may not realise is that what you put on your skin gets absorbed straight into your bloodstream.
As more people become aware of this, nature’s products are becoming the beauty cure-all du jour. But can Mother Earth solve our beauty dilemmas?
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most versatile essential oils available to you. Not only can it have a calming, relaxing and balancing effect on your body, it can also be a miracle cure for the skin.
Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.
I suffer from eczema so when I learned about the benefits lavender can have on the skin I decided to introduce it into my regime.
How do I use it?
I add ¼ cup of filtered water into a spray bottle with 11 drops of lavender essential oil. I spray it onto my body when my skin becomes irritated and it works an absolute treat!
You can also rub lavender oil directly on dry or chapped skin and on your lips.
Another option is to make a lotion. Add 10-15 drops of lavender oil to your favourite shea butter or vitamin E product, like Burt’s Bees hypoallergenic Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion.
You could also make a vegetable oil-based treatment. Use a nut or vegetable oil (coconut or almond oil, for example) as a base, and then add 15-20 drops of lavender oil to the container. Shake well and use the mixture topically on eczema or dry skin when required.
Want to slough off dry skin? Lauren Burger, creator of Dress Green, a line of natural skin care products, has an easy recipe for a summer scrub you can make at home.
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
1/2 cup white cane sugar
1-3 drops lavender essential oil
Whisk together the olive oil, sweet almond oil, sugar and lavender essential oil.