Lavender is one of the most widely-used essential oils available today. With a variety of skin and health benefits, it isn’t hard to see how this divine floral herb can be used for just about everything.
1.) Facial Mist Spray:
A few drops of your favorite quality lavender essential oil mixed with approximately one cup of water in a small spray bottle can offer a mist of freshness for fabrics and linens around your house. There is a lot of room to get creative with this one. Experimenting with adding another essential oil (such as peppermint, chamomile, lemon or rose) can create a great scented combination. Fresh pieces of cut lavender can also be placed inside your spray bottle to enhance the lavender fragrance.
Note: When using any essential oil on skin, especially the face, quality essential oils should be used and the quantity should be diluted. Irritation can occur when using certain essential oils on the skin if not done properly.
2.) Bath Satchel:
Read Beessential’s DIY Bath Satchel Recipe with Dead Sea Salt and Lavender.
3.) Bed & Linen Spray:
A bed and linen spray can be fashioned in the same way that a facial mist spray can. Simply combine approximately one cup of water with 5-10 drops of your favorite lavender essential oil. Sticks of fresh lavender may also be added to the bottle to enhance the fresh lavender scent.
Lavender can be used in natural bar soaps to give it fragrance. Simple recipes can also be found on how to make your own lavender soap. Lavender is known to have many benefits for skin, including calming anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
5.) Calming Face Mask:
Lavender is incredibly calming, when used in aromatherapy and on skin. Lavender is known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties known to sooth skin irritation and reduce redness. A DIY facial natural facial mask featured at http://www.brit.co/diy-face-masks/ combines ground oatmeal, or almonds, with a topping of rose and lavender petals. When packaged in an attractive glass jar, this can even make a great gift. The instructions say to grind your almonds and/or oats into a thick paste or ‘pulp.’
6.) Dresser Freshener:
Using dry fresh or dry sticks of lavender in your dresser drawers can help keep clothes and garments smelling fresh and clean. (Similarly, other fragrant flower petals may be substituted) Putting the dry lavender flowers in a muslin bag or small satchel can prevent the messy leaves from shedding and spreading.
Many culinary sweets and goodies can be flavored with herbal lavender. From cookies to cupcakes, Lavender can be used to compliment existing flavors or stand-alone on its own. The food network offers this recipe for Lavender and Lemon Cookies. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/lavender-and-lemon-cookies-recipe.html. Some recommend eating these cookies with a cup of Earl Gray tea, which has bergamot as one of it’s primary ingredients.
8.) House Plant:
Keeping a fresh lavender plant indoors can help keep the air fresh all year-long. According to the site Everything Lavender, French Lavender is the best type of lavender to be grown indoors. With an iota of effort, these authorities on lavender say, lavender can thrive inside. Learn more about the conditions and methods that can help a growing lavender plant thrive at Everything Lavender.
The healing properties of lavender were initially discovered by accident when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse spilled some lavender on a chemical burn he had sustained. The scientist is said to have been pleased with how rapid his recovery turned out to be.
Some claim that lavender essential oil may have promising affects for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. According to the site Sustainable Baby Steps, Lavender essential oil can be used on the soles of feet or chest to alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies. The site’s authors also claim that this can be even more effective when combined with Lemon or Peppermint Essential Oils.
11.) Cold Sores:
One diluted drop of lavender combined with an estimated 15-drops of coconut oil is said to help with cold sores, according to Sustainable Baby Steps. They advise that this mixture be applied directly to the cold sore.
The aroma-therapeutic benefits of inhaling lavender essential oils are often known for promoting a sense of calm and restful sleep. However, sources say that lavender can also help one feel more focused. Lavender is also said to help ward-off depression and anxiety for some.
13.) Dry Lips:
Lavender can help skin retain moisture. When combined with a carrier oil, such as Coconut or Olive, it can be an extremely helpful, yet simple method in relieving chapped or dry lips. It tastes yummy too!
14.) Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Some claim that mixing lavender oil with a carrier oil, such as Coconut or Olive, can relieve certain symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis when massaged into skin and onto the body.
15.) Stretch Marks:
Since lavender is moisturizing, it can improve skin’s overall appearance. However, some believe lavender can be effective in reducing or lightening the appearance of stretch market and other deep-tissue scars.
Inhaling lavender before bedtime is noted to help relax the jaw and prevent some from grinding their teeth during the night, a condition sometimes referred to as bruxism.
Some claim that the qualities of lavender can reduce signs of wrinkles when massaged onto skin with a carrier oil.
18.) Increase Circulation & Blood Flow:
Massaging lavender oil around the chest and near the heart is said to promote a healthy lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system carries bacteria and other microbes through the body until that fluid is trapped inside our lymph nodes. This is when white blood cells become responsible for destroying possible bodily threats and keeping our immune system in-check.
Some types of dandruff can actually be caused by a fungal infection. As an anti-fungal agent, mixing lavender essential oil with your favorite shampoo, or using a hair care product that contains lavender may be helpful in reducing scalp itching and flaking categorized by dandruff.
Lavender has been noted to help reduce certain signs of fever. Much like lavender helps the production of our lymph node system, it can assist in helping our body’s immune system while fighting against illness. To read more about how Lavender can be used for improving health, visit : Sustainable Baby Steps.