Apart from being one of the favourite colours for women, did you know that the herb lavender also has healing values?

Drives away Dandruff

lavender-flowers.jpg Dandruff can be an embarrassing or rather, an annoying problem for men and women alike. Lavender works as a good home remedy for flakes. Apply lavender oil on your scalp. Wet hair with warm water and dry it using a towel. Mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of olive or almond oil. Warm gently, and massage it onto the scalp. Leave it on for about an hour or two, and wash your hair with a gentle shampoo. Do this thrice a week for two months.

Soothes the skin

If you live in an area prone to mosquitoes, lavender oil can help soothe the itches and bites. Lavender, with its natural anti-inflammatory powers, can help reduce itching, swelling and redness. Apply few drops in the affected area and wait for 20 minutes for oil to get absorbed completely. Use it every seven hours for effective relief.

Helps you relax

Lavender oil is often used in spas, due to its amazing relaxation effect. Studies say that breathing the smell of lavender helps you get to sleep, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, and puts you in a relaxed state of mind. An effective method to use lavender for this purpose is to take a fistful of dried lavender and place it in a bowl or vase next to your bed. Alternatively, use a fragrance diffuser with lavender oil.

Improves health

One of the less-known facts about lavender is that, it has plenty of phytonutrients, which are excellent for your health. Sprinkle lavender-based spices in your food. The polyphenols (antioxidants) in lavender helps reduce bad bacteria. Dried culinary lavender can be sprinkled on yogurt, and eaten for relief from bloating.

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