Lavender is probably the best-known essential oil EVER. It has a fragrant aroma that smells calming and relaxing, and you can probably recognize the scent of Lavender essential oil in some of your favorite body care products.
Because it’s one of the most versatile essential oils, it’s often referred to as the Swiss-army knife of essential oils. Typically, if you’re in doubt on what oil to use just reach for Lavender.
What is Lavender Essential Oil?
Lavender is one of the MOST popular essential oils in the market. But trust me, not all Lavender is created the same. Look for a quality source. I personally love Young Living (how to order). Their Lavender essential oil literally smells like I just cut lavender flowers from my garden.
Young Living does have two types of Lavender available – and I’ll explain why:
- Lavender (for topical and aromatic use)
- Lavender Vitality (the white label – for dietary/internal use)
Why two bottles? It’s the exact same oil, but a product cannot be used for topical and dietary, according to product labeling standards. But do know that it IS the same oil. So how do you use Lavender essential oil? I’ve got 10 great uses – keep reading…
10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
1. Promote relaxation
Unwind by adding a 5 drops of Lavender essential oil to a nighttime bath with some Epsom salts. Here’s an easy recipe to make your own DIY Lavender Bath Salts. Or diffuse for a comforting and calming scent.
2. Promote restful sleep
Put a drop or two of Lavender essential oil on your pillow or diffuse at night.
3. Make a DIY air freshener
4. Soothe skin
Add Lavender essential oil to your favorite skin care or body care products.
5. Give a relaxing massage
Create a DIY massage oil that promotes relaxation – which is great right before bedtime. Add 2 drops of Lavender essential oil along with almond oil as a carrier oil, and massage on the skin. This is great for kids right before bed.
6. Make your own body butter
Make a homemade body butter that is so luxurious and moisturizing.
7. Create your own baby balm
Soothe baby’s skin between diaper changes with this DIY baby balm (or I like to call it my homemade diaper cream).
8. Make your own baby wipes
It’s so easy to make your own DIY baby wipes that’s so gentle for the skin and so much cheaper than traditional store-bought baby wipes. Plus, this DIY version doesn’t have a laundry list of chemical ingredients. It’s basically just water, lavender essential oil, liquid castile soap and almond oil.
9. Freshen up laundry
Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to a set of wool dryer balls and use in place of traditional dryer sheets. The wool dryer balls help to reduce wrinkles and drying time, while the Lavender helps to infuse clothes with a fragrant aroma.
10. Make lavender lemonade
Add Lavender Vitality to this homemade lemonade recipe for a delicious alternative to traditional lemonade.
- 1/2 cup raw honey (or more according to taste)
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 5 drops Lemon Vitality (how to order)
- 5 drops Lavender Vitality (how to order)
- 3 cups water
- Heat water and raw honey in a small saucepan on low heat. Stir well.
- Remove from heat and add to a small glass pitcher.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Serve over ice.
What’s your favorite use for Lavender essential oil? Please comment below and share with us.
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