One of the questions I get asked the most as a soap maker is “which one is best?” It’s an impossible question to answer without digging deeper into things like needs, skin type, allergies, etc. Each of the essential oils and herbs in our soaps provide different benefits and qualities that can make it either the best or not-so-best soap for you. I will be doing a series of posts highlighting various different oils and herbs over the next couple weeks. Hopefully this will help you determine which one is best for you.
Today’s highlight: Lavender
Lavender Essential Oil is hands-down our best selling fragrance. It has been highly prized throughout history both as a cosmetic fragrance and for many of it’s other benefits. One of the traits it is most famous for is its ability to help people relax. Research has even shown that lavender scent can actually lower heart rate and blood pressure!
It’s also a proven muscle relaxer! Sore, tired, and cramping muscles can often benefit from a bit of lavender. It’s even touted as good for PMS symptoms! (Yes, I can vouch for that one too!)
Lavender is a strong anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-oxidant, and circulatory stimulant. All of these properties make it a great choice for sensitive skin, wound treatment, cleansing and deodorizing, and helping minimize the effects of eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions. I personally use our lavender soap as a face soap in the winter when my skin isn’t as oily, and as a gentle soap for our youngest child. (Think bed-time bath relaxing benefit!)
Please keep in mind that none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and none of these products are intended to cure, treat, or diagnose any disease or condition.