- Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
- Soothes occasional skin irritations
- Helps skin recover quickly
- Eases muscle tension
You know that smell. Fabrics of all variety, shoes for every occasion, plus a dirty clothes bin and no fresh air can only equal one thing...you need lavender essential oil. Whether diffused, drizzled on earthen ware, or dripped on cotton balls, chase stagnancy away!
Insects, creepy and crawly are not too fond of the smell of lavender. In fact, they hate it. If you forget to go the prevention route, lavender soothes bites, itching and inflammation.
Next time you sitting in traffic, pull out a spray bottle filled with a lavender and water mixture and freshen your car. Who wouldn't prefer a car smelling like lavender?
Lavender drops on their pillows ... it's like magic. It will help ease their mind, calm them down, make bedtime a bit more rewarding, and best of all ... lull them into a restful sleep.
Next time you are deodorizing the bathroom, think of lavender and water in a spray bottle.
If you clean with vinegar, but can barely stay vertical while using it, lavender is the answer. Just add lavender and vinegar together in the spray bottle and you're set!
If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits and other properties. It transforms your cleaning experience!
What does your linen closet smell like? Probably cotton. Maybe old cotton. Energize your linens with lovely smelling lavender. It leaves no oil marks and leaves things invigoratingly fresh.
Ahhh the long lost art of candle making. If you've ever made candles you know how fun it can be. When you add lavender, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic!
A tired wood floor is, well - tired. Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Woods love oil. Just add lavender to your cleaning system and your floor can look like new!
A well-worn, much loved ball cap can look great, but smell like a wild animal. Add 4-5 drops of lavender to make it bearable. It will be your favorite hat if you have a headache too!
Unfortunately, your mattress can be neglected, and have that "wires, foam and fabric" smell. Add lavender when you change your sheets and neglect no more!
Put baking soda and a 5-6 drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas (near garbage can, dirty clothes), shake jar often. Smile.
Add a sniff or two of your baking soda and lavender mixture to carpets and vacuum up! If you have pets, (especially the un potty trained variety), fight back with lavender!
If you have a pot of potpourri, that has seen its day, try refreshing it with a few drops of lavender essential oil. You'll love the way lavender can change the feel of your home!
Your vacuum can be your nemesis when it comes to keeping your home smelling clean. As you well know, it can even blow microfine dirt! Pin some cotton balls (soaked in lemon and lavender oils) on the inside of the bag and let your vacuum blow!
Cooking & Food
Use in delicate lemon sauces for chicken or fish or in powerful orange marmalades, citrus salads, real lemonade and more!
Baste chicken or fish on the grill with honey or a garlic and rosemary blend, spread over roasted vegetables, marinade chicken pieces in honey and lavender, yum!
Lavender is a nice addition to lavender blueberry banana bread, lemon lavender cookies, baked salmon, lavender sugar cookies, lavender muffins, lavender cakes, oh yeah!
Use as a substitute for vanilla extract (in creams, custards and sugars), use it in lavender icing, add to honey for extra flavor in tea or toast, and even maple syrup!
Body & Mind
Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil. When it's time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.
When you've slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin's healing without scarring as well!
It's great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it's difficult to keep covered.
If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don't want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!
If you've been wearing sandals all summer, and your heels look like the Atacama Desert, 6 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Your porous feet will thank you.
When you have neck, shoulder or shoulder-blade tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breath it in and massage those knots out!
Next time you have a seasonal-bug, remember the lavender steam hood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.
Do you work with wood or handle wood? Rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out.
There are many essential oil products that would be "trés glam" additions to your Emergency Aid kit, but if you could only pick one, Lavender should be it. Why? Lavender is great for minor skin irritations, not to mention its calming properties!
Rather than using regular soap and warm water at baby's bath time, add about five drops of lavender oil to the warm water. Your tot's skin will be pampered and smell great!
Your muscles are tight. Anxiety and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where's the pressure release valve? Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.
Wet your hair in the shower. Add 4 drops of lavender to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You'll love how it smells, and how your hair feels!