Lavender Essential Oil Uses
As part of my new herb-of-the-month series, we are spending this month focusing on the lavender plant, and its various applications. I think lavender was one of the first reasons I wanted to look into using essential oils, about 3 years ago. I have always loved the smell of lavender, and found it to be everything that it’s supposed to be: calming and stress-relieving.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils. I think that is partly because it is a flower that most people are familiar with, and it is frequently used in commercial bath and beauty products. I also theorize that people turn to essential oils when they are stressed out and want a healthy way to feel better, and lavender essential oil is a wonderful way to accomplish that.
There are many lavender essential oil uses. Here are some of my favorite, easy lavender essential oil uses:
(Please follow safe dilution ratios when using any essential oil. For more information, check out LearningaboutEos.com)
- Treat Eczema: Combine a few drops of lavender essential oil with a carrier oil (like olive oil or coconut oil) and apply topically to spots of eczema.
- Sleep Better: Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow before bed for a better night’s sleep.
- Treat Non-Poisonous Bug Bites: There have been some studies that show lavender is effective in inhibiting histamine release (source), which may help alleviate some allergic responses to bug bites. Mix a few drops of lavender essential oil with a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil, and apply to infected area.
- Treat Minor Burns: If you have a minor burn, be sure to run the affected area under cold water for 5 minutes, or apply ice. Afterwards, mix a few drops of lavender essential oil with coconut oil, and apply to affected area for pain relief.
- Headache: Soak a paper towel or clean cloth in icy water, then add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Apply to the forehead for relief.
- Stress Relief: First thing in the morning, in the middle of the work day, or after a long day, I will use lavender essential oil for stress relief. I simply grab the bottle in my hands, making a cup over my nose with my hands, and take a few breaths. It works wonders.
Lavender essential oil is frequently my go-to oil for any minor ailment. Have you seen that Chris Rock bit where he says “put some tussin on it!”? That is kind of how I feel about lavender essential oil. In my mind, it can cure most of my small problems.
Lavender essential oil can be used in many homemade beauty products to provide a wonderful fragrance, and some calming properties. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that use lavender essential oil:
This was my very first homemade body lotion that I tried, and it is a favorite among the green & crunchy community. It mixes together coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e and lavender essential oil to moisturize skin. The lavender essential oil adds a relaxing and earthy natural fragrance, making it a spa-like experience.
If you haven’t jumped on the sugar (or salt) body scrub bandwagon yet, now is the time. It feels luxurious, sloughing off dead skin cells, and leaves you with cleaner and softer skin. The addition of lavender essential oil completes the experience.
This is the easiest way to clean your face using natural ingredients. You just add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cup of organic olive oil, then rub it into your skin for 1 minute, and rinse off. In addition to being a fantastic makeup remover, it cleans the dirt off your face without stripping it of its natural oils.
Bath salts boast many wonderful qualities, including relieving muscle pain, stress-relief, and it may help with magnesium deficiency. Add 20-30 drops of lavender essential oil to a cup of epsom salt, give it a good whirl, and add 1/2 cup to a warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes, and you’ll feel like a new person.
If you have a little extra time to spend, and want a more indulgent experience to bath salts, you can create these DIY Bath Bombs.
This is creamier and less oily than whipped coconut oil, and makes a wonderful daily lotion.
More studies are being published on the harmful side effects of breathing in synthetic fragrances, that are common in so many candles and fragrance burners. Luckily, it is easy (and cheap) to make your own diy scented bars from beeswax and essential oils!
Stress Clay Ball for Aromatherapy from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom
Ever had one of those days where you just need to let go of some aggression? Ellen shares her secret to create a clay ball infused with lavender essential oil, that you can squeeze, pound, or pummel when you’ve had a long day.
Lavender Honey Milk Bath by TurningClockBack.com
Treat irritated skin, soothe tired muscles, and get a better night’s rest by using this homemade lavender honey milk bath.
All Natural Linen Spray by Natural Living Mamma
This is a guest post I wrote for Amanda on Natural Living Mamma a couple years back, but it is still one of my favorites. Make this natural linen spray and spritz on your pillow before bed for a better night’s rest!
What are your favorite lavender essential oil uses?
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