Lavender essential oil is undoubtedly the most versatile essential oil you can get. Most commonly known for its relaxing and calming properties and popularly used to aid a restful night's sleep, lavender also has many uses which you may not be aware of. So without further ado, here are my top 10 uses for lavender essential oil:
Cuts and Scrapes
Ever cut your finger, grazed or scraped it and wanted a solution on hand quickly to calm and heal? Look no further than our favourite calming friend, lavender. Gentle on even the youngest and most sensitive of skin, imagine both calming the site of a cut and calming emotions at the same time. Simply make up a simple balm from 1tsp coconut oil and 5 drops lavender essential oil for a quick and easy balm. Perfect to carry in your bag. This also doubles up as a fantastic dry skin and lip balm.
Sure, we can buy all of the products that have lavender essential oil in, take the Natural Mothers relax pamper package - beautiful products all designed to relax, calm and destress and all wonderful as part of your self care routine whether just before bed during the week or on a lazy Sunday afternoon but do you know how to use pure lavender essential oil to help you drift off into the land of nod?
Simply drop one drop of the purest, tested and trusted lavender essential oil into the palm of your hand. Rub palms together and then carefully cup palms over your nose and mouth. Inhale deeply as many times as you like and then rub the residue on your forehead, temples and back of the neck. You can even rub your pillowcase to make sure that none is wasted. This is the perfect ritual right before bed, just before your head hits the pillow.
Alternatively if you'd prefer not to apply a product to the skin, the Natural Mother's 'Airoma' - a flameless candle/air freshener is perfect to have at your bedside. Simply remove the lid at bedtime and allow the natural aroma to disperse around you, taking you into the most relaxing and restful night's sleep.
You're in a rush, hurriedly taking dinner out of the oven at break neck speed so as not to disappoint your hungry brood when the searing pain of hot metal on skin causes you to shriek out in pain. STOP, don't run to the tap and run cold water on it, that's going to cause an even bigger blister due to the rapid change in temperature. Instead, grab your lavender essential oil and a base oil from the condiment cupboard (coconut, sunflower, olive). In an egg cup or alternative small vessel, mix approx 1tsp base oil and 5 drops essential oil and apply to the direct site of the burn. Allow the calming oil to soothe your skin cover with a plaster or bandage dependent on the size of the burn. Apply the lavender oil mix three times per day to encourage further healing.
4. Hair growth
That's right! Want to promote hair growth? A couple of drops of lavender massaged into your scalp may help to promote hair growth (as well as being super relaxing). Simply drop the drops into your palm, rub together and massage into scalp the night before you wash your hair. Even better when combined with our favourite - a little coconut oil - to really nourish those roots and ends. Another tip is to add a couple of drops into you conditioner. Some people have also been known to add a drop to their mascara tube to promote eyelash growth but go with caution using essential oils near to the eyes.
As well as being calming for the emotions, lavender is also calming for the skin and may be helpful in relieving dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Best mixed with nourishing essential oils like jojoba and sweet almond though you may find you need to experiment with base oils to find the one that most suits your skin and eczema symptoms. Why not try my beautiful Healing Balm, made with beautiful natural butters and oils, including jojoba oil - perfect for soothing dry skin conditions.
6. Pain Relief
Researchers in a 2015 study found that lavender essential oil can be an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory. When diluted lavender essential oil was applied topically during one test, it provided pain relief comparable to that of the prescription medication tramadol. Personally I always love to try a natural solution before anything else so lavender would definitely be my go to. For muscle pain, the beautiful Relax Bath Salts are perfect - containing magnesium to sooth aching muscles and Himalayan pink salts to purify the skin there's no better way to ease pain than in a hot bath filled with the most luxurious bath salts you've ever had the pleasure of using.
7. Insect repellant and insect bites.
Picture the scene, the warmer months of the year are appearing, you're sitting outside, barbecuing with friends when out of nowhere you feel the bite of a gnat/mosquito *insert other biting critter here*. If only, a few hours earlier you had applied a little lavender around the ankles, backs of knees and elbow creases. Maybe you could even have a diffuser going with the scents of lavender being omitted. Beautiful for you but not for those nasty biting insects. Give it a try this summer! And if you do get bitten, simply apply witch hazel and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton pad and feel the itching/stinging bite be soothed straight away.
Lavender essential oil is commonly used for stress relief and relaxation. There's also strong evidence that lavender can help treat headaches and migraine. Breathing in the scent from lavender essential oil can help acute management of migraine attacks. In a cup or bowl or boiling water simply pop in a few drops of lavender essential oil and inhale the steam. be careful not to spill the hot water or get your face too close to the hot steam. Alternatively you could pop a few drops on a warm wheat pack and apply to the forehead for relief. If you don't have lavender essential oil then the Relax Pulse Point Roller is perfect for you - a 10ml roller ball bottle with pure lavender essential oil and fractionated coconut oil. Perfect for keeping in your bag or the kiddies changing bag for those noisy hours at soft play.