Okay, so. Yesterday we established that tea tree oil is good stuff. I’ll save us all some time at this point and get out of the way my belief that pretty much all essential oils are good stuff, for the record.
Next up on the list is lavender essential oil. If I could only have ONE essential oil in my arsenal, it would be lavender EO. Why? For starters, lavender is an adaptogen. That means that it can pretty much do whatever needs to be done in order to reintroduce balance to the body. It’s in the word itself. Lavender adapts to be and to do whatever it has to do. Isn’t that cool? I think so.
Other nifty information about lavender essential oil:
- It’s calming, soothing, and balancing.
- It’s antiseptic, antibacterial, and can operate as a topical painkiller for cuts, wounds, and burns.
- It has decongestant properties.
- It can lower blood pressure.
- It works for skin problems, nervous system problems, tension, depression, insomnia, headaches, stress, and a whole lot more.
- It can be used neat (without dilution).
See what I mean? Cool stuff.
Alright. So if you’ve never used lavender oil before, my advice is just use it wherever and however you want to. But if you’re really new to essential oils, you may not really know what to do. Here are some of the ways I use lavender oil.
Use it for Skin Care
The most common use that I have for lavender oil is in skin care. If I have a cut, scrape, or just a pimple, I’ll put some lavender oil on it without diluting it. Another favorite use is to mix it with oil or with aloe vera and use it as my lotion. I used to mix up batches of oils and essential oils and then use those on my face. I’m finding that I like playing it by ear, though, so I’ll put some coconut oil, argan oil, or even aloe vera in my palm, drop in a few drops of EOs that I feel called to use that day and tada…skin care for the day. Yup, pretty random.
Use it for Dogs
Yes, I meant that emphasis. Cats cannot process essential oils, so please don’t use oils on them or diffuse essential oils in the house with cats around. I used to love diffusing oils, but then I was adopted by a few cats and that took care of that. 🙂 I don’t miss diffusing oils as much as I would miss my cats, though.
When we still had Clio, I would mix in some lavender oil now and again as a rinse after her bath. It made her fur smell so good and fleas hated it so it would help repel them. You can also use lavender oil on wounds or scratches on your dog to help them heal a little bit faster.
Use it for Stress or Headache Relief
Back when I didn’t work for myself, I went through a phase when I had migraines pretty much every single day. It sucked. One trick that I tried often was to use lavender oil on my temples. Sometimes it would help with a mild migraine, but it was far more effective on a headache. If you’re sensitive to smells when you have a headache, this option might not work for you.
For stress relief, I like to put a dab of lavender on my pulse points, like you would do for perfume. Your body heats up the oil in those spots and you’re surrounded by this lovely little cloud of lavender. Heavenly. Go easy if you work around a lot of people, though, because some are sensitive to smell and may have side effects from your heavenly stress relief.
Use it Just for an Emotional Boost
Outside of stress relief, lavender can give you a tremendous happiness boost. Well, if you have bad associations with lavender it might not do the same for you, but I don’t have that problem. When I’m feeling happy, I reach for lavender. When I’m feeling a little low, I still reach for lavender. Remember that adaptogen thing? It’s pretty cool.