Have you ever smelled pure lavender oil? Not the plant, not the stuff that’s in commercial products, and not even cheap lavender oil. Pure therapeutic grade lavender is simply unbeatable.
Of all the essential oils, I think lavender is my favorite right now. It’s helped me immensely in so many different ways – ways I never would’ve imagined before I started using oils. Just know that essential oils work differently for everybody; what works perfectly for one might not work for another, and still for another person, it might only work partially. But hey, there’s no side affects, so try away!
And just a side note to the frugal readers, one bottle of good quality essential oil might look pricey, but 1. essential oils are powerful, so even one drop can do a lot of good! and 2. essential oils can easily replace several other products in your home (some ideas are below) and 3. your health is worth it! I’ve had a 15mL bottle of peppermint for over 6 months, and I have been very generous with it, diffusing it, rubbing it on aches and pains, using it in gifts, letting friends use it for allergies daily, etc., and I still have 25-30% of the bottle left! So a little really does go a long way, and it’s worth the price, I promise!
Here are just a few ways I’ve learned to use lavender:
Burn relief – We went to the beaches of the Dominican Republic last summer and lathered up on sunscreen OFTEN but still got burned. When I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep because of the burn, I put on a few drops of lavender oil, and the burning sensation went away in minutes (or less). No joke. It also worked for my burned, skeptical husband. If I had taken coconut oil with us on the trip, I would’ve mixed the lavender and coconut oil so that it would rub on better. So why do we waste our time with store-bought Aloe Vera gel? (Note: somehow when I burn my hand in the kitchen, lavender doesn’t seem to work the same way. It helps – don’t get me wrong! But it doesn’t seem to take the burn completely away as it does with our sunburns. Maybe because of the location, the lavender gets washed off more easily or maybe the degree of burn is greater…? Just a disclaimer, but again, oils work differently for everyone.)
Sleep relief – Lavender helps my semi-insomniac husband. Once he started letting me put the oil on him instead of just diffusing it, it stared working for him a lot better!
Allergy relief – Lavender, in a blend with peppermint and lemon, is probably the most common way to knock out allergy problems. We had a friend over who couldn’t stop coughing due to allergies; I got out the diffuser with peppermint and lavender (I was out of lemon), and poof! He went from coughing incessantly to stopping almost instantaneously! His conclusion: it’s totally worth it!
Stress relief – General relaxation and reduced stress can absolutely be enjoyed by using lavender. Sometimes I smell it midday, and the peacefulness that comes over me is unreal. Seriously.
Of course, I’ve heard of calming babies with it. I don’t have children, so I can’t vouch for that, nor do I know of the safety tips of using oils on infants. (I do know that we use random unknown chemicals from baby lotions and shampoos and don’t think a thing about it, but somehow the natural stuff gets questioned. I’ll save that for another time.) I think it’s safe to say that if you put some lavender on your chest and hold a crying baby, you won’t regret it!
And please be sure to use 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils!
Now what about you? Have you ever used pure lavender oil before? Have you found lavender to be a nice stress reliever? Do you have some awesome uses for lavender that you don’t mind to share?