August 7, 2013

Lavender Essential Oil

I've been using a few essential oils for several years now. There are many, many more available, but I've used less than half a dozen. I've challenged myself to research more fully the ones that I currently have in my home.

I originally bought a bottle of lavender essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs to scent my homemade goat milk soaps - or rather, that was my excuse for buying it. (Now that I think of it, most of the EO's I've used have also been used in my soaps.) I actually wanted lavender for its relaxing properties, to hopefully promote a better night's sleep. I'd also noticed that it was used in many homemade cleaning, health and beauty recipes, so it was a good one to buy.

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Lavender is definitely a multipurpose essential oil and has a long list of uses. It doesn't need to be diluted and can be applied directly to skin to treat burns, fungal infections, cuts and wounds, acne, and other skin conditions. It's used in many body care recipes because of its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. I used it in my homemade deodorant and in my lavender soap. Plus it smells so good!

It's calming and relaxing, and relieves tension, anxiety, irritability and insomnia. Lavender is an excellent essential oil to use with babies and children. Add a drop or two to warm bath water, massage the diluted oil into skin before bedtime, or diffuse into the air. I'm sure you've seen "dream pillows" that are filled with lavender flower buds. Some people add a drop of the essential oil to their pillow case (pour a drop of lavender into your hands, rub them together for a moment, then wipe your hands across your pillow case).

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 I also use lavender oil in my sleep salve.

Lavender can also be used as a bug repellent. I really dislike using commercial bug sprays, so this is a use I really appreciate. I added the essential oil to water in a spray bottle to make a natural bug spray. It really does help to repel mosquitoes and flies when I'm outside. And did I say that it smells good?

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  1. I picked up some lavender essential oil when I visited a lavender farm earlier this summer. I didn't realize there were so many uses for it until I went to the farm and heard a talk on the benefits of lavender. It is truly amazing!

  2. It is really versatile! I've only used it in a few applications and was excited to learn more uses for it.

  3. Love, love lavender. Just looking at the picture of lavender makes me feel good. Best, Lilly

  4. Hi. Visiting from Frugal Days blog hop. I have recently discovered essential oils and I'm in love! I want to try Mountain Rose, too. Going to look at your sleep salve now. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for visiting and commenting! (I do love comments!)

  6. I love lavender! I have not used the essential oil yet but after reading your post I'm going to have to try some. Glad you shared this on the HomeAcre Hop!

  7. Anonymous10:44 AM

    I use lavender oil when I have a headache. Just rub it directly onto your temples and lie down for a few minutes. (I don't suppose you have to lie down but it helps!) Within about 30 minutes my headache is completely gone!

    Cate <><

  8. I've only used peppermint EO when I have a headache, but lavender EO would be better to use on a nighttime headache. Thank you.


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