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Lavender Oil, Some Uses

Lavender Oil, Some Uses

Ah Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This oil is good for nearly everything and mixes well with nearly every oil. It has a long running popularity as a folk remedy and the scent is familiar to everyone. It is one of the most versatile of essential oils.

This is part of our series on Lavender oil. For more information, you can also refer to the History article as well as the Scientific Look article.

Aromatic influences: Balancing. Health, love, peace and consciousness. Soothing, calming, reassuring.

Combines well with:

Blends well with most oils, especially citrus and floral oils. Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Clary Sage, Pine, Geranium, Vetiver, Patchouli, Coriander, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Rose, Petitgrain bigarade

Ways to use it

  • Is often used as a cosmetic water and to scent linen
  • G.R.A.S.
  • Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Is great for all skin types.
  • This oil can be used with any oil. Very universal.
  • Brings deep relaxation.
  • To relieve insomnia, vaporize 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops Orange. (10)
  • Encourages compassion and gentleness toward others.
  • Use Lavender in rinse water when you clean hand washable clothing.
  • Put a drop or two on your pillowcase to help you sleep at night.
  • Good for washing minor cuts and grazes.
  • Relieve painful swelling by making a cold compress with 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops Yarrow. (10)
  • Rub a couple of drops into your temples to relieve a headache.
  • Reduces stress and tension. Is calming in small amounts.
  • Relaxes tight muscles. Lessons pain.
  • Soak a towel in warm water and 6-10 drops Lavender and wrap it around body to promote perspiration and help expel toxins from the body. (1)
  • Balances mood swings. Is mood uplifting.
  • Make a water spray with a few drops each of Lavender and Eucalyptus to use as a mild disinfectant for countertops. (2)
  • Improves digestion.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Purifying to the body and works as a disinfectant.

Recipes

Here are a few recipes involving Lavender oil. To check for more, you can click on Lavender in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it. Though it is very likely going to pull up every article on here since it is such a universal oil!

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Soothing Seaweed Wrap

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons Almond Oil
  • 8 ounces concentrated, dried, micronized seaweed powder

Mix the seaweed powder with a little warm water and make a paste. Add the essential oils to the almond oil, then stir this mixture into the seaweed paste.

Take a warm shower and exfoliate your skin using a loofah or body scrubber to aid absorption of the seaweed minerals. Apply the seaweed paste to your whole body, starting from your feet. Ask someone to apply it to your back and other areas you cannot reach. Cover yourself in plastic wrap and lie in a warm place for 20 – 30 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and rinse off seaweed paste with a warm shower.

Drink several glasses of water after treatment to prevent dehydration, because seaweed has a strong diuretic effect. (1)

Soothe Burns or Sunburn

  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Spearmint
  • 1 tablespoon Skin Mousse

Apply blend to area.

Homemade Skin Mousse
  • 3 1/2  teaspoons pure Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil

Mix 3 teaspoons Aloe Vera gel and 1 teaspoon of Jojoba oil in a clean glass jar. Stir mixture with a spoon until it combines and thickens. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel and keep stirring. The mixture will suddenly go smooth and slack, taking on a opaque, pale cream color. Is approximately enough for 10 applications to face. Keep in a cool, dry place. (10)

Hot and Bothered Feet Remedy

  • 1 drop Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Use in one of the following ways:

  1. Dissolve baking soda into a foot basin or pail of tepid water. Add the essential oils, sit down, and soak your feet. This will not only make your feet feel better, but the aroma of the essential oils will make you feel more energetic.
  2. When you have neither the time nor the interest to soak your feet, put the above ingredients into a spray bottle with 1 cup water. Shake the bottle and spray your feet. Allow them to air dry. (2)

Calm Emotional Anxiety Bath

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Rosewood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Add to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Can also dissolve the formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to the bath water. (10)

Snoring Remedy

  • 50 drops Geranium
  • 50 drops Lavender
  • 50 drops Marjoram
  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 15 drops Basil
  • 4 ounces pure water

Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce fine mist spray bottle. Mist numerous times before going to sleep and have the snorer inhale deeply. If necessary, mist again during the night to quiet the snorer. Can refill the water 3-5 times before you need to refill the oils. (9)

Pre-Shave

  • 20 drops Flaxseed
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Allspice

Mix oils together well and apply them to the area before shaving. (9)

Other suggestions

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:

  • GQM: “on the bottom of my feet before bed”
  • GO: ” I use it with Coconut oils for inflammation and pain. I use it as aromatherapy. I want to use it in recipes too!”
  • JRW: “Can there be one favorite way?? In my lotion, I guess!”
  • DS: “I mix it with Peppermint oil and coconut oil, then rub it on my neck to calm down the muscles.”
  • MR: “For bruising, cuts, relaxing bath, great for meditation the list goes on and on .”
  • JS: “I like to make a room spray of Lavender, Peppermint, and Tea Tree oil, equal amounts.”
  • VH: “It is amazing for burns and for just relaxing anytime.”
  • SG: “When we get any type of burn, I’ll take part of a leaf off of my aloe plant, open it up, put 3-5 drops of Lavender on the inside and then smear the gel all over the burn. Between the two, it heals very fast. “
  • JF: “I like to make a stick of it, with coconut oil, beeswax, Lavender and Tea Tree oil, I keep it in my first aid kit and treat cuts and scrapes with it.”
  • SS: “On burns. I put it on immediately after a burn and I don’t blister usually not even a mark the next day”
  • KL: “To rid myself of mosquito bites and to calm my beagle.”
  • LP: “Insect stings, insomnia, and deodorant.”
  • CH: “The other morning my 2 year old grandchild was running a high fever of 102 degrees. I made her sniff pure Lavender oil for a few seconds and mixed a drop of the oil with unscented lotion, and rubbed on her body, neck and part of the body that was hot. Within 5 minutes her fever went away and she was all jolly and playing all day long after that. The fever never came back. (Be sure it’s 100% pure Lavender oil, not cut with something even from a health food store).”
  • KM: ” I have a whole kitchen full of employees who use Lavender for burns that happen in the kitchen at work!”
  • CTQ: “Straight and undiluted on poison oak rash. Dries up the oozing blisters, takes away the itch and speeds healing time immensely.”
  • BGF: “My daughter had a bloody nose that was pouring — wouldn’t stop. So I put some Lavender on a paper towel and made her hold it to her nose. In about 10 seconds her nose stopped bleeding and never started again.”
  • LA: “Burns, anything that itches, earaches and all allergies. Lavender is good for a lot of things, that’s just a few thing that I have used it for lately.”
  • CB: “Hand soap”
  • DW: “I use it in the aromatherapy pottery necklaces the my Mom and I make”
  • HB: “On my temples to relieve headache. And so close to my senses, so very lovely. In bath water with a few mineral sea salts. Heaven!”
  • MR: ” It is great for burns, itches, and skin care, and of course sleep!”
  • LS: “In hot stone massage with Sweet Almond, Peppermint, Clove, Cedarwood, & Wintergreen”

Last of All,

What do you like to do with Lavender oil? It’s an incredible oil. Share it with us in the comment section below!

References

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

 

 

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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