The other night my house smelled heavenly. Mmm… lavender. Lavender is one of my staple essential oils. I’m never out of it, or if I am it’s not for long. Lavender is such a versatile oil, you can use it on every member of your family for a wide range of applications
Lavender is a gentle oil, so some people contend that it can be used neat, or without dilution. I sometimes use it neat on skin conditions or if I don’t have a carrier oil handy, but most of the time I still use a carrier oil. I like that it makes my lavender go a little further, and it spreads easily.
Here is how we use lavender in our house.
Lavender for Bathtime
Lavender is soothing to the skin and to the mind. I love to add lavender to the bath. Between the magnesium in the epsom salt and lavender’s physical and emotional relaxing properties, a good 20 minute soak is divine!
Lavender essential oil is, in fact, an oil. Oil and water don’t mix, so in order to get your lavender oil to disperse throughout your bath rather than pool on top, mix a few drops of your essential oil into epsom salts. I like 1/4 c epsom salt, 1/4 c sea salt, 1 tsp baking soda, and a few drops of lavender. Dissolve, and enjoy!
Bonus tip: If you don’t soap off after your bath, your body will continue to absorb magnesium from the epsom salts!
Lavender for Skin
Lavender can help to balance your skin and soothe irritation. We like to put lavender on dry or chapped skin to help restore skin health. Perhaps my favorite application of lavender is to soothe irritation caused by minor burns. A drop of lavender 3 times is usually all I need to ease discomfort. Sometimes I add a little frankincense.
Lavender for Stress
Lavender and peppermint together are really amazing at easing stress. In our home, we apply it to the temples or forehead to relax tension (make sure to keep the peppermint away from the eyes!).We also use lavender to calm emotional stress in our home. When someone is having a difficult time managing their emotions, often times lavender will help to relax the mind and calm the emotions. Diffusing lavender and lemon together is one of my after school favorites!
Lavender for Bedtime
My kids love getting lavender oil on their chest before bed. I’m not sure if it’s actually the lavender they’re looking for, or the special attention of getting “bedtime lotion” smeared on by mom. Either way is fine with me.
I drop some lavender onto their hands and they rub it on the back of their neck over their brain stem, or onto their chest. The oil is then on their hands so if they sleep with their hands by their face, they will get the aromatic benefits of lavender while they sleep.
Another great way to use lavender to aid in sleep is to take a small glass spray bottle and fill it with water and a couple drops of lavender. Use this as a linen spray and spray your sheets and pillow case before bed to promote restful sleep, all night long!
Perhaps what I love best about using lavender with my family is connecting with my kids. I love that they are becoming empowered with natural solutions for their own health, both mental and physical.
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