Spotlight on Lavender Essential Oil

lavender-1490788_1920With the dropping temperatures this past few weeks, I’m sure I am not the only one who’s been using more lavender essential oil to relieve inflammation flare-ups. But based on the rate I reorder my Lavender Oil, I’m using it for a lot more than that! So today, let’s have a look at all the cool uses for this oil.

Lavender’s scent is fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products.  Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent though — it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.

lavender soap-2726387_1920Easy Lavender Essential Oil Uses:

  • Treat yourself to this well-loved aroma by adding a few drops of oil to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products.
  • Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops oil and adding to a hot bath.
  • Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil.
  • Unwind with a Lavender-infused neck or back massage.
  • Use Lavender as part of your evening routine. Rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle.

Relaxation

lavender nature-3054710_1920Lavender essential oil has a calming influence on your body and mind. A few small studies have shown that lavender can be helpful in treating mild sleep disorders and low-level anxiety. It’s also wonderful for soothing babies at bedtime with a tiny drop mixed into baby safe lotion and applied to their feet.

How to Use it:

  • In your diffuser before going to sleep.
  • Rub into your wrists and inhale.
  • Mix a few drops (2-4) in an unscented body lotion and rub onto your feet before bed.
  • Mix a few drops with distilled water and mist around the room.

Joint Pain and Sore Muscles

Not only will Lavender oil calm your senses when you are in pain, it will also directly get into the muscles and reduce inflammation and increase circulation. Massaging lavender oil into your skin can relieve aching muscle and joint pain.

How to use it:

  • Mix a few drops (2-4) of lavender oil in a carrier oil of your choice, and massage it into the sore areas
  • Soak a towel in hot water infused with a bit of lavender oil and use as a compress for muscle injuries or sprains

Soothe Insect Bites and Irritations

lavender bee-1040521_1920Lavender has antibacterial properties so you can use it for many types of infection or irritation, like insect bites.

How to use it:

  • Mix a drop of lavender oil with a carrier oil or some water, and rub lightly over an infection or skin irritation to soothe and cleanse the area.

Healthier Skin

The word “Lavender” actually comes from the Latin word “lavare”, which translates “to wash”. Lavender oil has antiseptic properties so it can keep your skin clean and infection free — if you like hot bubble baths, you’ll love a hot Lavender soak!

How to use it:

  • Dilute several drops (2-4) of lavender in a carrier oil of your choice, and apply it to skin for a cleansing boost.
  • Add a few drops of pure lavender oil to your tub and breathe in the calming aroma.

Natural Cleanser

With Lavenders’ antibacterial properties, it should be on your list of natural cleaning products. Diluting it in a spray bottle of water makes for a good spray cleaner for cabinets, counters, and floors. It smells way better than most cleaners too!

Respiratory Problems

lavender bath-oil-2510783_1920If you are prone to allergies, sinus infections, and generalized upper respiratory “crud”, Lavender oil can help relieve your symptoms.

How to use it:

  • Apply lavender oil mixed into a carrier oil on your neck, chest, or back.
  • Use in your essential oil diffuser to vaporize the air in your bedroom.

Preventing Hair Loss?

Lavender essential oil is known to help kill lice, lice eggs, and nits to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Medical News Today also says that lavender is possibly effective for preventing hair loss.

How to use it:

  • Mix a drop of Lavender oil into your regular shampoo.

Cautions

lavender-1117275_1920Remember, pure essential lavender oil we buy in bottles today is a distilled, highly concentrated version of a natural herb remedy. Young Living’s website states that it takes them 27 acres of Lavender plants to make one 15 ml bottle of oil. Quite concentrated! Therefore, please always ensure you dilute it properly.

Lavender oil may also be poisonous if taken by mouthdo not take orally or internally.

If you’re using any kind of sedative medications, the combination of lavender oil with these traditional treatments may increase drowsiness. Make sure to tell your health care provider(s) about any  and all alternative practices you use. Giving them an accurate and full picture of all that you do to manage and improve your health will help ensure a safe and coordinated overall care for you.

If you don’t currently have a Young Living Essential Oils distributor, Contact Me about getting in on my next order!

All the information presented on this site is for educational and informational purposes only. No responsibility can be taken for any outcomes resulting from the use of this information. Whilst every attempt is being made to provide information that is both accurate and effective, the website owner does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or use/misuse of this information. Always consult your doctor or health care professional if you suspect you have a serious illness and before embarking on major lifestyle changes.
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