The fragrance of lavender is not only clean and refreshing, lavender actually has cytophylactic properties. In other words, it has the ability to promote cellular renewal. Perhaps that is why it has been used for centuries in products for skin care as well as for it's aroma therapeutic properties that relax and promote a restful state of mind.
Brenda Brock, owner and founder of Farmaesthetics is incredibly knowledgeable about creating organic skincare. On her visit to Cultivating Life she shared some soothing recipes for body and home with lavender as their inspiration.
Lavender Hand Cream
Small sauce pan
Wide mouth storage jar
Materials:1 cup Almond oil, grape seed or soy oil
1 Table spoons beeswax
1/8 tsp Vitamin E
7 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
Heat almond oil (or grape seed or soy) in a double boiler on medium heat, do not boil. Add one tablespoon grated bee's wax to hot oil. Stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add 1/8th teaspoon Vitamin E, 7 drops of Lavender oil and two drops of peppermint oil and mix thoroughly. Pour into container and allow to cool... continue mixing to aerate and make mixture more creamy. To use: massage small amount into hands, nails and cuticles to soften and protect the skin.