Lavender 101: How to Use Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most versatile of all Essential Oils & it's subtle scent makes it the favourite oil for a lot of dabblers in aromatherapy. While Lavender Essential Oil is a floral, it blends well with TONS of other Essential Oils, including citruses, conifers, & anything from the mint family, making it a popular scent for both men & women.
The therapeutic properties of Lavender Essential Oil are plentiful!...Seriously, pretty much any ailment you will ever have is treatable with Lavender Essential Oil. It is commonly used to gently calm & relax the mind, it is a natural antiseptic, making it a must-have in any first-aid kit, it is excellent for your skin as it helps heal dermal ailments while reducing scarring & Lavender Essential Oil helps relieve stress, alleviates pain, & is one of the safest Essential Oils to use. Is there anything that Lavender Essential Oil can't do? We don't think so!
For Essential Oil beginners, Lavender is a great starting point, not only because of the safety of it gentleness, but also because of the vastness of it's healing potential. For most skin types, it is safe to use Lavender Essential Oil directly on your skin without diluting it. That being said, we definitely recommend you do a skin test first &, no matter what Essential Oil you have, NEVER, ever use any Essential Oil on a child or pet...EVER!
Essential Oils 101
Lavender Essential Oil
To help calm your nerves, place 2-3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil in your hands, hold them to your face & Inhale deeply. You can also rub a few drops of oil into the bottoms of your feet, your temples, & the insides of your wrists.
Before bed, you can help relax your mind & prepare your body for sleep by putting a few drops of oil in your hands, cupping them to your face & inhaling deeply. Additionally, put a few drops of oil into the palms of your hands, & rub them on your pillow to help you sleep through the night.
Lavender Essential Oil relieves itching. If you have a bug bite, or a bee sting, simply rub a drop of oil into the bite. Itch relief is almost instantaneous.
For minor burns, rub 3-4 drops of Lavender onto your skin. Lavender Essential Oil will help relieve the pain & will aid in the skin's natural healing process. Using Lavender for burns also prevent scarring. Be careful, however, not to apply any Essential Oil to broken skin.
For sufferers of eczema or dermatitis, mix Lavender Essential Oil into a natural carrier oil, we LOVE coconut oil, & apply to the affected area of the skin. When blending Essential Oils, start with just a few drops & add more oil to achieve your desired concentration of Essential Oils.
When you're feeling nauseated, placing a single drop of Lavender on the end of your tongue will help calm your stomach.
Lavender Essential Oil can aid in stopping a nosebleed. To do this, place a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil onto a tissue, wrap it around a small piece of ice, & then place it between your upper lip & gum line.
For dry, cracked skin, rub a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil into the affected area. This will help promote healing & relieve itching. This works really well for treating sunburns as well.
For chapped lips, place a single drop of Lavender Oil onto the tip of your finger & rub it into your lips.
During pollen season, carry a small bottle of Lavender Essential Oil with you. When hay fever symptoms flare-up, place a few drops of Lavender on your palms & inhale deeply. This will help with dry, itchy eyes, runny noses, & blocked sinuses.
For dandruff sufferers, massage 5-10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil into your scalp to relieve itching, heal your skin, & get rid of embarrassing dandruff. Do this 2-3 times per week for frequently dry scalps. When you apply Lavender Essential Oil to your scalp, it can be left on until the next time you shampoo your hair.
Lavender can also speed up the healing of cold sores. Simply place a single drop of Lavender Essential Oil on your cold sore in the morning, & again at night, until it heals.
A drop of Lavender Oil can be added to a glass of water, a cup of tea, or any recipe to enhance the flavour.
The uses of Lavender Essential Oil are numerous. As a bonus, this oil also smells amazing, it's a lot of fun to experiment with in blends, & to use to scent your home.
If you have any questions about using Lavender Essential Oil, or any other Essential Oil, you can contact The Essential Life at info@TheEssentialLife.org. We'd also like to invite you to share your experiences & story with The Essential Life community. If you have something to share with The Essential Life community, contact us here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - BRITTEN THOMPSON
Who is Britten? She's a reticent little beast born in the wilds of Northern Alberta to a foul-mouthed, French-Canadian father & an angry, stiff-upper-lipped mother. Britten is, almost always, wild-haired & poorly dressed. She recently left the beautiful & untamed chill of Canada for the blistering & somewhat oppressive heat of Australia. Her list of pastimes is short & includes reading, writing, petting cats, overeating & alphabetizing things. She's a fan of Windex on Facebook because who doesn't want a streak free shine? She dreams of one day writing a super-awesome novel that affords her & her partner a comfortable lifestyle, a large property, a few horses & the means with which to foster children in need...or just becoming a red panda.
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