Beautiful and fragrant, Lavender is one of our favourite ingredients to use in our Synthesis Organics products due to its amazing skin and health benefits! It originates from northern Africa and the mountainous ranges of the Mediterranean and has been in use for thousands of years as one of the most recognised scents in the world. One of the most renowned benefits of Lavender comes from aromatherapy. Inhaling the essence is known to create relaxation and provide stress relief. It can reduce headaches, migraines, depression and anxiety with no side-effects - which is a nice change from prescribed medications! A study has shown that inhaling Lavender scent can significantly improve the mood, depression and overall health of patients suffering PTSD. It has also been shown as successful in relieving insomnia, as well as providing a more peaceful sleep! When used against the skin, Lavender can greatly improve the body's ability to fight against free radicals. Free radicals are toxins, chemicals and pollutants that can cause havoc with your immune system - and the way to protect yourself is with antioxidants! A build-up of free radicals can depleted your store of antioxidants, and under the strain of toxins your body can struggle to rebuild again. Studies have shown Lavender to significantly improve the body's ability to make three key antioxidants that are most powerful against free radicals when either absorbed through the skin or inhaled through the nose.