What can you do with Lavender Essential Oil?
By: Angela Kong
Lavender Essential Oil, One of my favorite oil, basically, the natural constituents in lavender provide many benefits and use. It is sedating, meaning it helps calm and supports the nervous system at the same time. It also has analgesic and antimicrobial properties that make it effective at treating injury and illness. Here’s a short synopsis of how you can use lavender medicinally:
- General Pain
- Hay Fever/Seasonal Allergies
- Bug bites and stings
- Menstrual cramps
- Nasal congestion
- Soothing skin irritation
- Mouth ulcers
- Antimicrobial action for wounds
- Athlete’s foot
- Muscle cramping
- Diaper Rash – lavender hydrolat or lavender balm for babies
1. LAVENDER SATCHELS IN DRESSER DRAWERS
Simple satchels full of fresh or dried lavender flowers and leaves tucked into your dresser drawers does two things: the gentle shaking of opening and closing your drawers will release a lavender scent that is divine, and lavender is a natural bug repellent, so it will keep bugs and moths at bay.
- LAVENDER SACHETS UNDER THE PILLOW
Put lavender sachets under the pillow for better sleep and relaxation.
3. LAVENDER SATCHEL IN DRYER
Another great way to imbue your clothes with the relaxing scent of lavender is to make the satchels above and toss them into your dryer when you dry your clothes.
4. LAVENDER AIR FRESHENER
Get rid of unwanted odor in no time with one cup of water with a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Simply mix them and put them into a glass spray bottle. You can spray anywhere, as I love to use it after cooking to get rid of the cooking odor.
5. HOW TO USE LAVENDER FOR FIRST AID
Lavender can be used to treat a number of ailments, but having Lavender Essential Oil or in your first aid kit is a good idea. Use it to rub into aching joints and muscles, to treat sunburns or bug bites, massaged into your temples to ease headaches, or massaged onto little ones to help them fall asleep at night.
6. HELP WITH INSOMNIA
Lavender tea is a great, easy way to help calm your mind and body for sleep and can be a great evening ritual for those who suffer from insomnia.
7. LAVENDER INSECT REPELLANT
I love to mix Lavender Essential Oil with Eucalyptus Citronella, Geranium, Lemon Murtle, Catnip, witch Hazel, and Water, into a spray bottle, or add Beewax into a balm for lasting repellent. It is Deet free and safe for even children to use and yet effective to drive all the insects away.
Simply put 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1/2 cup seat salt, 1/4 cup baking soda and 10-20 drops lavender essential oil. Use 1/3 cup per bath.
Or simply put 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the bathwater and soak into relaxing and a very effective for stress relief.
Note: Lavender Essential Oil is so easy to use, but still, we advise performing a patch test as some people can have an allergy reaction to the skin, always recommended dilute it with any carrier oil. Never ingesting essential oil due to the high concentration of the oil.
9. LAVENDER IN FOOD
While lavender is edible and can be added to bread and cakes, you can also create a lavender simple syrup. To make the syrup, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 1 Tbsp lavender flowers or leaves. Heat on the stove-top, stirring continuously under dissolved. Strain out the solids.
Or put a couple of drops into it when you are baking cakes, or into hot water for better sleep and relaxation.
This lavender simple syrup can be added to sweet tea or lemonade, poured over vanilla ice cream, or added to coffee. Experiment with it!