Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Learn the ways to use Lavender Essential oil for stress management, immunity support, natural cleaning, weight loss, and improve your overall well-being! There are specific ways to use it in your daily life for beauty, cleaning, relaxation, health, food, sleep, laundry….and so much more!

Fortify Your First-Aid Kit.
There are many products that would be tres glam additions to your First-Aid kit, but if you could only pick one, lavender should be it. Why? Basic First-Aid kits are often geared toward minor skin irritation, scrapes, rashes, and so forth. Lavender is great for all those, not to mention its calming properties!

Target Acne, at the Source.
Bacteria thrive in sebaceous glands that over produce sebum…that waxy stuff that can be associated with acne. Lavender helps balance sebum and control break outs. Add 1-2 drops to your favorite facial toner or cream to alleviate acne and prevent future outbreaks. Lavender inhibits bacteria growth and aids your body to balance its sebum secretion.

Homemade Room Freshener.
Put baking soda and a 5-6 drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas (near garbage can, dirty clothes), shake jar often. Smile.

Sneezing, Sinuses & Congestion Oh My!
Lavender can calm down unruly sinus issues, defiant sneezing and other respiratory issues. Just apply on the back of your neck, chest, and between your eyes.

Rub a Dub Dub.
Rather than using regular soap and warm water at baby’s bath time, add about five drops of lavender oil to the warm water. Your tot’s skin will be pampered and smell great!

Kids Won’t Go Down?
Lavender drops on their pillows … it’s like magic. It will help ease their mind, calm them down, make bedtime a bit more rewarding, and best of all … lull them into a restful sleep.

Bake Like the Best.
Lavender is a nice addition to lavender blueberry banana bread, lemon lavender cookies, baked salmon, lavender sugar cookies, lavender muffins, lavender cakes, oh yeah!

Take the Bite Out of It.
Insects, creepies and crawlies are not too fond of the smell of lavender. In fact, they hate it. If you forget to go the prevention route, lavender soothes bites, itching and inflammation.

Lavender candles.
Ahhh the long lost art of candle making. If you’ve ever made candles you know how fun it can be. When you add lavender, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic!
Check out this Candle DIY

A Multi-Purpose Spray.
Calm yourself! Next time you sitting in traffic, pull out a spray bottle filled with a lavender and water mixture and freshen your car. Who wouldn’t prefer a car smelling like lavender?

Chase Away Stagnant Closet Air
You know that smell. Fabrics of all variety, shoes for every occasion, plus a dirty clothes bin and no fresh air can only equal one thing…you need lavender essential oil. Whether diffused, drizzled on earthen ware, or dripped on cotton balls, chase stagnancy away!

A Dry Climate Answer.
If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!

Alleviate Feelings of Earaches.
You can warm lavender (don’t scald it), mix with coconut oil and gently massage around the ears (not in the ears) and near glands in the throat.

Help That Trusty Ball Cap.
A well-worn, much loved ball cap can look great, but smell like a wild animal. Add 4-5 drops of lavender to make it bearable. It will be your favorite hat if you have a headache too!

Horrific Heels & Foot Fatigue.
If you’ve been wearing sandals all summer, and your heels look like the Atacama Desert, 6 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Your porous feet will thank you.

Give Your Sugars a Delightful Twist.
Use as a substitute for vanilla extract (in creams, custards and sugars), use it in lavender icing, add to honey for extra flavor in tea or toast, and even maple syrup!

Boo Boo Relief.
Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered.

Skip the Aerosol Chemical Sprays.
Next time you are deodorizing the bathroom, think of lavender and water in a spray bottle. Lavender’s antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic properties can only help.

Lovable Linens.
What does your linen closet smell like? Probably cotton. Maybe old cotton. Energize your linens with lovely smelling lavender. It leaves no oil marks and leaves things invigoratingly fresh.

Amazing Marinades and BBQ.
Baste chicken or fish on the grill with honey or a garlic and rosemary blend, spread over roasted vegetables, marinade chicken pieces in honey and lavender, yum!  Do a Google search and you will find a ton of recipes using Lavender. If it calls for lavender flowers – just substitute for 1-2 drops of essential oil!
Check out this marinade

Change Your Sheets, Refresh Your Mattress
Your mattress can be neglected, and have that “wires, foam and fabric” smell. Add lavender when you change your sheets and neglect no more!

Neck & Wing Relief.
When you have neck and scapula tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breathe it in and massage those knots out!

Minor Burns, Major Relief.
When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well! Did you burn yourself on the oven? Prior to using lavender, cool the area with cold, running water for at least 5 minutes. Then add 2-3 drops on the affected area to decrease the pain and aid the healing process. If you have a sensitive skin, dilute the lavender oil in distilled water or, even better, in pure Aloe vera gel, before use or try an undiluted drop on a non-affected area first.

Pet Smells No More.
Add a skiff or two of your baking soda and lavender mixture to carpets and vacuum up! If you have pets, (especially the un potty trained variety), fight back with lavender!

Extra Potpourri Mileage.
If you have a pot of potpourri that has seen its day, try refreshing it with a few drops of lavender essential oil. You’ll love the way lavender can change the feel of your home!
You can also make your own air freshener! Simply fill a mason jar halfway with baking soda and put 10-12 drops of your favorite Essential Oil directly into the baking soda. Then, cover with the cloth, place the lid on top, and poke a few holes in the cloth so that your new air freshener can breathe! Pretty ingenious, huh?

Let Vapor Talk.
Wet your hair in the shower. Add 4 drops of lavender to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You’ll love how it smells, and how your hair feels!

Soften Citrus Flavors.
Use in delicate lemon sauces for chicken or fish or in powerful orange marmalades, citrus salads, real lemonade and more!

A Woodworker’s Friend.
Do you work with wood or handle wood? Rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out.

A Hood of Wonder.
Next time you have a cold or the flu, remember the lavender steam hood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.

Sweet Smelling Vacuum Bags.
Your vacuum can be your nemesis when it comes to keeping your home smelling clean. As you well know, it can even blow microfine dirt! Pin some cotton balls (soaked in lemon and lavender oils) on the inside of the bag and let your vacuum blow!

Take the Pungent Out of Vinegar
If you clean with vinegar, but can barely stay vertical while using it, lavender is the answer. Just add lavender and vinegar together in the spray bottle and you’re set!

Wood Floors, Like New.
A tired wood floor is, well … tired. Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Woods love oil. Just add lavender to your cleaning system and your floor can look like new!
Check out this blog for ideas for cleaning floors.

Pure In Home Filtered Scents
Make your whole house smell great! Add a few drops of Lavender to a new furnace air filter! Genius!

The Oatmeal Secret. 
Create a natural honey & oatmeal facial scrub!  A little goes a long way.

Soak Away Stress. 
Your muscles are tight. Anxiety and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve? Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.

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