By Guest Blogger: Deb Walczyk
The herb, lavender (lavandula angustifolia), has a variety of uses. Lavender oil can be used topically (rubbed on skin), aromatically (inhaled or diffused), and some forms of lavender can be used internally in cooking or in beverages. Be sure to use a food grade, pure therapeutic grade oil, or certified therapeutic grade oil before ingesting to avoid possible additives.
When oils are used topically, they should be diluted, 1 drop of oil per teaspoon of carrier oil is a general rule of thumb. Effective carrier oils are olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil. Sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil are wonderful for topical dilution and radiant skin. Dilution prevents skin sensitivity and helps with proper absorption and prolonged effectiveness.
Here are a few tips on how to use lavender in daily life:
- Add a few drops to the bottoms of your feet or along your spine at bedtime.
- Apply to bug bites and hives to help soothe itching.
- Place a few drops of diluted lavender under each nostril for runny noses.
- Inhale or apply to temples and back of neck for relief from migraine and headache symptoms.
- Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional scrapes and sunburn.
- Put a few drops in a small spray bottle, add water, and use as a room spray or spray into hands to inhale for calming.
Deb’s After-sun spray recipe: This combination of oils and aloe will provide cool relief after a day of fun in the sun!
Materials: 4 oz glass spray bottle, lavender oil, peppermint oil, frankincense oil, melaleuca (tea tree oil), eucalyptus, aloe gel (Note: always use pure oils) (drops are measured directly from the bottle in this recipe)
25 drops lavender oil
25 drops peppermint oil
20 drops eucalyptus oil
5 drops frankincense oil
5 drops melaleuca (tea tree oil)
Small squirt of aloe gel
Fill the rest of the container with water and shake! This spray can be used every 4-6 hours. Avoid direct contact with eyes, nose, and other sensitive areas. Shake before each use.