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4 Facts About Lavender

With BLANC's founder Ludovic coming from Lubéron, South of France and home to the most beautiful lavender fields in the world, we couldn't possibly forget to mention that fabulous and unique purple plant in one of our blog posts...

Apart from having to have those delicate lavender sachets in all your cupboards and wardrobes to fight moths, or using our natural lavender scented conditioner to lightly scent your washing, there are many reasons why you should use lavender in your daily life.

Lavender was already well known for its calming properties in Ancient Greece and used quite commonly as a perfume in the Egyptian times. Even Queen Elisabeth I asked for her royal abode to be supplied with fresh lavender flowers every day during the lavender season.

Its calming properties are perhaps its best known asset. If you are having difficulty falling asleep at night, or simply need to relax in the middle of a bustling day, find something lavendery to sniff as soon as you can... The scent of lavender lowers blood pressure and heart rate, putting you in a relaxed state. You can either put a handful of dried lavender in a bowl of water in your bedroom, spray some lavender linen water onto your pillows or use a diffuser with lavender essential oil to calm everybody at home!

Lavender can also help if you have a headache - just smell something which contains lavender essential oil or rub a small amount on your temples and you should feel some immediate relief (for that matter, peppermint essential oil works really well too).

As a natural anti-inflammatory, a few drops of lavender oil will calm any mosquito bite. Dab a drop or two onto the irritated area and wait for 15 minutes. Apply every 6-8 hours if needed, for the next 24 hours.

Finally, not very sexy but really effective, lavender oil (about 15 drops) mixed with 2 tablespoons of warm olive or almond oil is a good cure against scalp conditions. Wet your hair and massage the oil into your scalp, let it set for an hour then shampoo out.

And if you really want to live the lavender lifestyle, come to Provence. A few days near the purple fields and you will feel more relaxed and happy than ever...

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