Happy January my friends! Sorry this post is slightly later in the month than usual. I have been cooking up the storm and have a lot of delicious food posts in the works for y’all! But, I didn’t forget about one of my favorite hobbies … essential oils. For January, I decided to go with an oil that everyone is familiar with…lavender. It is such a popular and versatile oil that I needed to get it featured. Lavender goes hand-in-hand with relaxation and sleep related products but it has some other hidden qualities that you may not know about. Let’s get started!
About the Oil:
Lavender is extracted via steam distillation from the lavender plant (mostly the flowers) which is, in most climates, a perennial herb. If you have room in your perennial gardens, lavender is an absolutely wonderful herb to grow. It has a floral, sweet smell and is great taken as cuttings and brought into the home in a vase. I will take a picture of my lavender plants in the summer and add them to this post. They are a beautiful, delicate plant with small purple flowers.
Here is a link to the oil I have pictured, I love this brand of oils they are reasonably priced and 100% pure, therapeutic grade. Lavender Essential Oil. 30 ml (1 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. No matter what brand of oils you buy, just make sure that they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade, especially if you plan to use topically. (Please note, this is an affiliate link meaning you pay the same price, but I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for supporting SFN!)
Safety First: As with all oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult a doctor before use. If applying topically, always test for sensitivity first. Lavender oil can be an irritant in people with very sensitive skin. Never ingest lavender oil, only use it topically or through inhalation. Do not add to food or drink.
Lavender has a very clean, fragrant scent which makes it very popular in the cosmetic/perfume industry. Lavender can be used on cuts, bruises, and scrapes. Lavender is a natural adaptogen meaning it helps the body adapt to changing environments or situations. This is why you frequently hear of lavender being used for anxiety/stress relief purposes. Lavender is widely known for its uses in relaxation, but can also boost energy levels in certain applications.
How to Use:
- If you have a cut or burn, rub a few drops of lavender oil on the affected area. This will help speed the healing process, clean the area, and reduce the likelihood of scarring.
- Lavender has been proven to help treat acne. Either apply a drop of oil directly to the acne, or mix a few drops in with your face wash to reduce acne.
- Diffuse 10 to 15 drops of lavender overnight to help get a good nights rest or to relieve anxiety and stress.
- Apply lavender oil to dry skin, especially good in the winter, to provide some relief.
- Diffuse lavender during season changes to help the body adapt to the change in the weather.
- Lavender oil is a natural bug repellant. Apply it to the skin prior to going outside in areas with a lot of mosquitos/ticks/flies/etc. If you have a dog and are going, for example, in the woods, apply a few drops of lavender oil to the back of the neck to prevent ticks from latching onto your dog.
- Lavender helps with migraines and headaches, diffuse the oil to help alleviate a headache.
How do you like to use lavender in your home? Leave me a note in the comments below!