Lavender is widely used in skincare. 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 homemade 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 excess water with a dry cotton pad.
Use the tonic within 2 weeks and always keep it in the refrigerator.