Lavender Essential Oil Uses
I became interested in Aromatherapy a couple of years ago, when my daughter was just a baby. During this time, I ventured to try essential oils and bought a handful different ones. But the oil that ended up my favorite and being used most was the lavender essential oil. I was never fond of the scent of lavender in my perfumes, and bath and body things, but lavender essential oil brought me some calm when I was a new, frazzled mom.
You’ll find essential oils at a lot of places nowadays, but I say, buy from a trusted, reputable source. If you plan to explore the different uses of lavender essential oil or other oils, make sure that what you’re using is of good quality (my bottle is from Botany Works). Anyways, below are the various uses of lavender essential oil.
1. As a room or linen fragrance, to help you relax and sleep. Inhalation of the scent of lavender essential oil can help a person feel more relaxed, calm, or sleepy. There are different methods for this—one, the oil may be dropped directly on a pillowcase, handkerchief, cotton ball, or tissue. I love putting 3 or 4 drops of it on a corner of my pillowcase when I’m having some trouble sleeping or I just want to feel more calm. That way I constantly, but mildly smell it. You may also place a cotton ball with drops of lavender essential oil on your bed or desk, or sniff it directly for more intense exposure. The oil can also be used with a burner or diffuser, or mixed with water and sprayed into the air or linens.
2. For a bath. Place a few drops of lavender essential oil in your bath water not only to help soothe nerves but to ease tired muscles. Lavender oil can actually help relax aching muscles. It is perfect for a bath at the end of a long, tiring day.
3. To relieve menstrual pain. Don’t use it undiluted though, so as to avoid irritating your skin. You may mix the lavender essential oil with a carrier oil, like jojoba oil or olive oil. The concentration of the essential oil in the mix should only be around 3%. Do not use more than a few drops. Another way to use it to relieve cramps is by putting around 4 drops of lavender essential oil in a bowl of warm or hot water. Take a small washcloth, douse it in the water, squeeze it, and apply to your belly or other affected area.
4. For preventing dandruff. Another one of lavender’s uses and benefits is that it can help prevent dandruff. How to use it this way? Easy. Take a bowl of warm water, put 4 or 5 drops of lavender essential oil in it, and use this mix to rinse your scalp and hair twice or thrice a week.
5. As a toner. Lavender essential oil can help moisturize and calm the skin, and also has anti-acne properties. Have you seen the lavender facial toners and sprays out in the market? You may also try making your own. There are so recipes and other ingredients you can add, but a basic recipe for a DIY toner with lavender includes water, aloe vera or vegetable oil, and just 2 or 3 drops each of lavender essential oil and another essential oil, such as chamomile.
Lavender essential oil has a lot more uses, but these are the ones that I’ve tried or touched on. I use other oils too but lavender remains my favorite!
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