Here is a list of 16 things to do with lavender essential oil.
Each “thing” has been tried and tested and all have work wonderfully for me, especially No. 14 the one for bug bites as even though I have an excellent product for preventing bug bites one must remember to spray it on otherwise it won’t work!
I put one drop of lavender oil on each bite and it temporarily reduced any inflammation and helped stop the “driving me crazy” itching which in turn allowed the bite (or scrape or sunburn, I’ve tried it on them all) to heal that little bit quicker and with much less aggravation.
(as an aside, I think the one disadvantage to my “all natural bug spray” is that it works so well for me that I forget about the bugs and hence forget to spray next time I go out, but I’m learning……slowly!)
I’ve also seen lavender essential work wonders on bee stings. A couple of years ago a fellow grape-picker was badly stung while picking grapes, he tried everything to ease the pain but nothing was working so I asked if he’d mind if I put a couple of drops of lavender oil on the sting. He agreed and within just a couple of minutes the swelling went down and the pain stopped….and I got a huge hug!
As with any essential oil use caution especially when putting directly on the skin. Lavender is one of the safest of the essential oils and can be used directly on the skin, most can not, but even so before you use for the first time test a small area of skin incase of allergic reaction.
And do not use when pregnant, which is true for all essential oils, as generally the affects are unkown.
Also included is a recipe for making lavender water/spray (details of which are now printed on the empty spray bottle I sell) see “thing” No. 7
Only a few drops of oil are required to be effective so a little bottle can last a long time and can be used for so many different “things”……
- Apply a few drops like a perfume to the hair, neck, ears or other body parts.
- Add several drops of lavender oil to a bath for a soothing soak.
- Place a few drops in a lamp oil ring, or other essential oil diffuser or nebulizer and the heat from the light bulb, candle, or diffuser will gradually release the lavender fragrance.
- Refresh sachets, lavender buds, potpourri with a drop or two of oil.
- Add a few drops of oil to the final rinse when washing to give fabrics a light lasting fragrance.
- Scent a laundry hamper by adding a few drops of oil to a paper towel and place it in the bottom of the hamper.
- In a spray bottle combine several drops of lavender oil with Witch Hazel or distilled water to make a cooling mist for your body or pillow or apply neat oil to your temples to relieve stress.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon (50 drops) of 100% pure lavender essential oil with 2 oz distilled water. This creates quite a strong aroma so you may want to start with fewer drops and add drops until you reach the strength of aroma that is right for you.
Before spraying shake bottle well to mix the oil with the water.
As a precaution test spray on a small area.
- Spray lavender water (see recipe above) over your body to help deter mosquitoes and ticks, dab neat essential oil on a cotton ball and place on your window sill to repel insects from entering.
- Add 1-2 of drops of lavender oil to facial toner or cream to help alleviate acne. Lavender is said to inhibit bacteria that cause skin infections and help rebalance the over-secretion of sebum.
- Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ear to help alleviate earache. A little olive oil can be mixed with a few drops of essential oil and used in the same way for babies and small children.
- Add a few drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath to help relieve fatigue. The soles of the feet absorb the therapeutic properties of lavender very quickly, creating a soothing effect throughout the body.
- Add a few drops of lavender oil to unscented massage oil for a relaxing and healing body massage.
- To soothe sunburn, add a few drops of lavender oil to distilled water in a spray bottle, and mist sunburned skin.
- Apply lavender essential oil to insect bites and stings, cuts, scrapes and abrasions. Lavender is said to be antiseptic and help destroy germs that can cause infections, soothe itching and speed healing to help reduce scarring.
- Add 1-2 drops of lavender oil to a vaporizer and inhale slowly to battle sinusitis, colds, coughs and infections.
- Put a few drops of lavender oil on a folded, wet wash cloth, microwave for 20-45 seconds for a hot compress. Can also be used to treat headaches or sinus infections.
Lavender may also be used on dogs, as a bug spray, to help calm and relax them when going to the vet, or simply to make them smell nice, BUT use caution as dogs have a keen sense of smell and are more sensitive to essential oils so only use the best quality and always dilute, e.g. 7 drops mixed with 2 oz distilled water.
It is best to avoid using any essential oil on cats as they metabolize and excrete substances different to humans and dogs which can make some oils toxic to cats. However hydrosols (the byproduct of steam distillation of essential oils) may be used as they only contain trace elements of the essential oil but can still work wonders.
I’m sure there are many more uses for lavender oil, it’s such a versatile essential oil, it not only smells good it can do so much more.