Essential Oil 101: The Best Ways to Use Lavender
Ever since I was little, scents have always made me calm and more comfortable in every situation. So I guess it’s only fitting that I love essential oils so much!
I started buying essential oils when I had read that those plugin air fresheners were full of chemicals. I still wanted my house to smell nice, but I didn’t want to be living in a chemical hazmat zone.
So the first essential oils I got were lavender and peppermint. I knew nothing about dilution and I basically blew through the 2 bottles within a month or so. Yikes!
Since then I’ve learned a lot about how incredible essential oils are, and I use them almost daily.
The proper dilution is 2 or 3 drops for each tsp. carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, olive, almond, or avocado oil) for adults, and 1 drop per 4 tsp. for children under 6.
Uses for lavender:
- Better sleep – I mix 5 drops of lavender oil into a spray bottle with water and I spray it onto my pillow before I sleep. It’s just strong enough to be relaxing, but it’s not overwhelming.
- Soothing on cuts, bruises, scrapes – I bruise like a peach and I have sensitive skin. So I keep a little baby food jar of coconut oil and 5 drops of lavender to rub on everything from the bruise I got from tripping up the stairs, to the patch of dry skin on my arm.
- One drop on bug bites – This one is a biggie for me! I’m a scratcher. So to have something that helps get rid of the itching before it gets to be a problem, is huge! I mix a drop with a little bit of with hazel on a cotton ball.
- Calming – I diffuse lavender all the time. I’m basically obsessed with it. When I had my last 2 sons, I had lavender scented candles lit the whole time I was in labor. I like to think it really helped with my overall positive disposition when I was, you know, in agonizing pain.
- For my kids at bedtime – I have a little roller ball that I use on my sons inner wrists, temples and the back of their necks if they’re having trouble going to bed. I use some on their feet too and then I put socks on them. If they’re really having trouble, I use my spray bottle and use my “night time spray” to help them sleep. Always seems to help!
- Diaper rash – I use a little jar of coconut oil and add 5 drops lavender and 3 drops tea tree oil and mix it together. Use a tiny little bit and just rub it in to the rash.
- Bath soak – Use 1/2 c. epsom salt and 3 drops lavender oil. Nothing better after a long day!
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How do you use lavender essential oil?