How to Use Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has been nicknamed the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils, because it has a crazy amount of uses.
There are a ton of things you can do with your Young Living Lavender Essential Oil. It supports your skin, nervous system circulatory system, and promotes sleep, among many other things. However, this essential oil is most well known for its ability to reduce stress. Lavender oil has a calming effect on the mind, body, and spirit. I use it every single day, and it has given me a lot of relief.
Stress Relief – When I’m feeling frazzled, Lavender is the first oil I reach for. It’s always best to use oils aromatically when you are looking for emotional support. This is because when you an inhale an essential oil, the molecules travel up your nose directly to your limbic system, the part of your brain that controls memories and emotions. I either diffuse it, smell it directly from the bottle, or swipe a drop or two right underneath my nose so I can keep inhaling it while on the go. I also love putting this oil in my diffuser necklace.
Fade Blemishes – You can reduce redness and smooth out skin by regularly applying a couple drops Lavender to affected areas. I make sure to apply it every night before I go to sleep, and sometimes once or twice throughout the day.
Before and After Beach Cream – Mix together a tablespoon of coconut oil and a few drops of Lavender oil and rub onto skin to protect skin and soothe discomfort.
Bedtime Spray – Right before you go to bed, spray down your pillowcase and sheets. You can also just put a few drops of oil into your hands and rub them together, and then rub your hands all across your pillow. This will help make you sleepy, and give you a peaceful nights rest.
Body Lotion – Combine coconut oil with a few drops of lavender to make all natural lotion. You can also just rub a few drops of oil directly onto your body for healthy, moisturized skin.
Deep Conditioning Hair Mask – Lavender oil encourages hair growth, strengthens hair follicles, and makes hair feel thicker. Unlike carrier oils (like olive, coconut, etc) essential oils don’t make hair greasy because they are completely absorbed by you skin within minutes. You can either apply the oil directly to hair, or make a deep conditioning mask. Mix together a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply mixture to the ends of hair. Leave in for at least one hour, but for best results leave it in overnight. You will have to wash your hair a couple times to get the grease out, but it will make your hair shiny and soft!
Eyelash Serum – Lavender oil promotes hair growth, and if used regularly, will result in longer, healthier lashes. You can either apply a small amount of oil directly to your eyelashes, mix it with coconut oil and then apply, or put a few drops of oil into a new mascara brush. If you accidentally get lavender oil in your eye, do not rinse with water. Simply rub coconut oil, olive oil, or any kind of vegetable oil in the corner of your eyes and the lavender oil will be removed immediately.
Bedtime Foot Cream – Mix together a tablespoon of coconut oil and a few drops of Lavender oil. Rub into feet right before bed to promote relaxation and calmness. This is an especially helpful tool for little ones!
All Natural Linen Spray – Mix together 6 tablespoons of water, (optional) 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, and 10 drops of Lavender oil (add more oil if you want a stronger smell.) Put this mixture into a glass spray bottle, and use it to make your laundry smell pretty without toxic chemicals!
Pretty smelling clothes – Put a few drops of lavender directly into your washing machine for fresh smelling laundry. Or, you can put a few drops onto a washcloth and toss in the dryer.
Seasonal Relief – Diffuse or rub a few drops all over your face, neck and chest to support the lungs and encourage proper nasal function
Natural Moth Balls – Put a few drops of lavender oil onto a cotton ball and store in drawers or closets.