Lavender essential oil is my best friend. Why? Let me tell you a little story.
Imagine the scene. It’s been a long, long day of momming. Let’s be honest, there are just days when you want to hit the couch and binge watch Netflix once the kids are safely tucked away in bed. Can you feel me?
My kids, on the other hand, have their own ideas.
Ideas like waiting forty-five minutes and then coming out for a glass of water.
Or sneaking out of the bedroom and hiding next to a bookcase to secretly watch what Mommy and Daddy are watching.
Or coming out to hug you…nine separate times.
Or suddenly realizing that they lost a toy two weeks ago that they must urgently have right now.
I think you get the picture.
I love my kids, but sometimes I just want them to sleep.
That’s why I love Lavender, it is the essential oil of relaxation in our home and we use it liberally on the kids for all the reasons I just mentioned.
Here’s a quick 5-minute video with some more ideas about how to use Lavender essential oil:
We always have several extra bottles of lavender on hand because we use so much of it. In fact, if I’m ever not sure which oil to use, I’ll often just grab some lavender and it almost always does the trick!
I’ll fill you in on some of the ways we use it, but first, let’s talk a few stats:
Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the Lavandula angustifolia plant! Lavandula angustifolia is known as True Lavender. It’s important to know that, because there are 39 different species of lavender and all of them have slightly different properties. True Lavender is the most versatile and sought-after of the essential oils.
In case you’ve ever wondered how concentrated essential oils are, it takes 27 square feet of plants to make a single 15-ml bottle. That’s a lot!
Here’s a quick inside look at how Young Living grows, harvests, and distills their Lavender Essential Oil:
Do you like to research like I do? Then you might want to look into the naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate and linalool. They are part of what give’s lavender its unique properties.
Lavender can be used by itself quite easily but also pairs really nicely with oils like:
- Ylang Ylang
- Tea Tree
Frankly, there are not many oils that lavender does not pair well with, so experiment until you find what you’re looking for.
Fun History Facts:
The Romans scented their linens, baths, and their bodies with the lavender.
Ancient Egyptians used lavender in the mummification process!
Medieval Europeans overcame the fact that they didn’t bathe very often by scenting their homes, clothes, and bodies with lavender.
Here are a few ways that we use lavender essential oil:
Skin and Hair
Skin loves Lavender. It’s just a fact of life!
That is one reason that you can add lavender to pretty much any natural skin or hair-care product.
- Shampoo? Check.
- Conditioner? Check.
- Body wash? Check.
- Lotion? Check.
- Face serums? Check.
It’s good, good stuff.
It’s also a favorite to apply to my skin after a long day in the sun.
When I get the occasional blemish, I apply a drop to it to diminish its appearance.
I love my long eyelashes, so I often will add a single drop of lavender to a fresh tube of mascara.
It makes the perfect addition to these homemade Makeup Remover Pads, too:
Relax in the bath with lavender essential oil
The soothing, calming aroma of lavender makes it the perfect bath-time essential oil. However, you shouldn’t just put a few drops directly in the water. If you do that, they’ll just float on the top of the water instead of mixing in the water.
My favorite way of dispersing essential oils in the bath is to first mix them into Epsom salts. For a full sized bath, I mix 6 drops of lavender essential oil into 1 cup of Epsom salts and mix thoroughly while the tub is filling.
The Epsom salts contain a form of magnesium which is also very relaxing. Pair that with lavender essential oil and you have a very nice bath!
Give or get a massage
If you’ve got a few extra moments, a neck and shoulder massage may be just the thing. I like to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a few teaspoons of a carrier oil and work on the tense parts of my upper back. If you’re lucky enough to have someone who is willing to give you a massage even better! Lavender infused massages are so good because lavender is both a relaxing aroma and is wonderful on the skin.
Treat your feet!
Grab a bucket, basin, or anything deep enough to fit your feet in and give this a try.
- Fill your basin with very warm water.
- Mix 2 Tbsp Epsom salts with 4 drops of lavender essential oil
- Add Epsom salts mixture to the very warm water.
- Sit and soak your cares away!
Your feet will feel fantastic!
Relaxation and Mood
The relaxing aroma of lavender essential oil is one of its best-known qualities. It may help to support a worry-free outlook and promote calm and fight occasional nervous tension.
Because of its balancing properties, it may help clear and clarify the mind as well as calm the mind and body.
Bedtime is the best time for lavender, in my humble opinion. We apply it to ourselves and our kids or put a few drops into the diffuser to make sure we all head to sleep peacefully.
It’s also a nice one to make a spritz bottle with and spray on linens, furniture, and other surfaces to help deodorize and freshen.
It’s actually pretty easy to make some beautiful linen spray on your own.
Here’s what I do:
- Get a 4 oz glass spray bottle.
- Add 15 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Top with distilled water.
- Shake before use and then spritz away!
It is perfect to add to a bath, and you can try this oatmeal bath soak recipe, it’s so simple!
Banish bad smells
The trash can, the diaper pail, fish for dinner, little kids, big kids….they all are responsible for some of the funky odors that fill my house from time to time. Maybe your house is similar?
I used to reach for the can of air freshener until I learned how great lavender essential oil is at busting odors. Now I just grab my diffuser, fill it with some water and a few drops of lavender essential oil and bye bye smells!
Fragrance your laundry naturally
I used to use dryer sheets until I found out that they can clog your dryer screen and lead to dryer fires among other things. Now I just add several drops to my wool dryer balls for natural fragrance and softening without the screen clogging or synthetic perfumes.
Did you know there are internal uses for lavender essential oil?
For that, we turn to Lavender Vitality essential oil.
Ever have a recipe that calls for Herbs de Provence?
Try making your own by combining 1 drop of each of these vitality oils in an empty bottle to use anytime you need this blend for cooking:
- Lavender Vitality
- Oregano Vitality
- Thyme Vitality
- Rosemary Vitality
Looking for a simple breath freshening spray?
Try this quick DIY:
Mix 3 drops Lavender Vitality and 3 drops Peppermint Vitality in a 4-ounce glass spray bottle, then fill with distilled water. Shake, then spritz to freshen breath as desired.
Sweets and Treats
Lavender Vitality also makes the perfect addition to sweet foods like jams, shortbread, other baked goods, and lemonade. Try adding less than a drop and working up as needed to avoid too much lavender vitality.
Check out this amazing Honey-Lavender Lemonade from Young Living:
Try it in a capsule
Lavender Vitality can also be used as a dietary supplement. You can try adding it on its own to a capsule and taking with water or try combining it with:
- 2 drops Lavender Vitality
- 2 drops Lemon Vitality
- 2 drops Peppermint Vitality
in an empty gelatin capsule. Fill the capsule the rest of the way with a carrier oil if desired.
We Love Lavender!
It’s so versatile and I know you’ll love it too.
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