Welcome to Day 2 of the 14 Day Essential Oil Challenge! Every day during this Challenge I am focusing on a new essential oil from the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. I’ll share tips, tricks, recipes and information about how to use essential oils safely and effectively, so that you can learn to use your new oils like a pro. There is nothing to fear, m’dear. These little bottles are full of BIG potential for you and your family, so just keep reading and learning!
Yesterday we talked about how to use lemon essential oil. Today, let’s learn about Lavender, shall we? Some people call this the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils, and for good reason. It has SO many uses that it will be very hard to list them all in one blog post. That doesn’t mean I won’t try, though. 😉 But first, so you’ll know how to use this oil, read this:
SAFE WAYS TO USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL:
- Aromatically in your home diffuser or inhaling straight from the bottle
- Topically; Dilution not required except on kids and babies
- Dietary; for your culinary recipes use Lavender Vitality oil
100% pure English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been used for centuries not only for the relaxing and calming properties, but also for soothing irritated skin and as a perfume in bath products. The people of ancient Rome in particular enjoyed lavender flowers and oils in the Roman baths. In fact, the word “Lavender” comes from Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash.” In the fourteenth century, eau de Toilette came on the scene, mostly in the form of lavender oil mixed with alcohol so it evaporated slowly on the skin. All of that is to say– Lavender has been around a long, long time in bath and beauty products, y’all. Which means there are eons of folks who have been using it safely and effectively for all sorts of stuff. I would consider to be one of the absolute safest essential oil to use, even on kids and babies (always dilute essential oils on kids and babies!)
Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use Lavender.
Soothes minor skin irritations: Rub a few drops of lavender oil onto minor skin irritations or burns to help soothe them. Lavender oil can be applied as needed to minor scrapes and even insect bites or bee stings. It’s the first thing I grab whenever I hear the dreaded cry from the backyard bicycle riders. It also makes a great after-sun relief lotion. A combination of lavender, tea tree (or Melrose) and Frankincense oil is my must-have for all things skin related. You can use the basic body butter recipe and add equal drops of lavender, Tea Tree and Frank (about 30 drops each in 8 ounces of body butter) to make this skin-soothing cream. If you want use this combination while on-the-go, see the All-Purpose Skin Soother recipe below!
Promotes relaxation and calmness: Ready for some sweet dreams? Diffuse or apply a few drops to the bottom of your feet at night before bed. There is no scent on Earth that is more recognizably relaxing than Lavender. Be sure to read The Snooze Routine: Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep over on the Young Living blog. Here’s a few other relaxing ideas:
- Treat yourself to this well-loved aroma by adding a few drops of oil to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products.
- Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops oil and adding to a hot bath.
- Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil.
- Unwind with a Lavender-infused neck or back massage.
- Use Lavender as part of your evening routine. Rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle.
- Mix up a Sweet Dream Cream using the Basic Body Butter recipe and add equal parts Lavender, Valor and Peace and Calming oils. Good night!
Banish odors: I know we talked about this a lot with lemon oil, but this is a common trait among all essential oils. They are what makes perfume smell good, after all. But, Lavender oil is particularly good for making air-freshening room sprays because the sweet floral scent sticks around for a while.
Promotes hair growth: Add 2 drops of lavender oil to your tube of mascara and mix it together really well. Apply daily and watch what happens! It can also be added to shampoos and hair products.
Perfect for Homemade Bath Products: Ready to get DIYing? Once you are armed with the Premium Starter Kit, you have an arsenal of essential oils that are perfect for making all-natural bath and beauty products at home. Check out these 12 super easy and fun recipes that you can try with Lavender essential oil (and a few other oils from the kit.)
|All-Purpose Skin Soother20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops Frankincense oil
60 drops V-6 oilMix in a 10 ml rollerball.
Apply as needed to soothe
2 Tablespoon Coconut oil
Apply to face nightly.
Baby Soft Bath Soak
1 cup Epsom Salt
Mix well and soak in
Lavender Lip Scrub
2 T white sugar
Mix and scrub on lips.
|Milk & Honey Hair Mask2 Tablespoon plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon raw honey
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 drops Lavender Soak into hair for 10+ minutes;
Hot Oil Treatment
½ cup raw honey, warmed
1 heaping tablespoon baking soda
Scrub, scrub, scrub… rinse well.
(*not recommended for
Monkey Hair Mask
1/2 cup raw honey
Mix well. Apply to scalp as
|Coco-Cuticle Cream2 Tablespoon Coconut oil
3-5 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree Massage into cuticles daily.
Summertime Foot Soak
1 cup Epsom Salt
Kitchen Sink Hand Scrub
1 cup Turbinado Sugar
Mix well and store in
Pedi-Polishing Foot Scrub
1 cup coarse ground cornmeal
Recipes are not viewable on some mobile devices. Click here to download the PDF if you can’t see them!
Ok, how’s that for some awesome ways to use those essential oils?? I hope you try ALL those recipes and let me know what you think!
Your challenge for this weekend is to pick one or two items from the recipes above or this below list and give them a try:
How do YOU like to use lavender essential oil?
Please share in the comments!
I’m taking the weekend off, but be sure to come back on Monday, March 14th for Challenge Day 3: Frankincense, one of the ancient, revered elders of essential oils.
See you then!