Friday, December 14, 2012

zero to crunchy: lavender oil is good for everything, literally.


Alright, friends, let's talk essential oils. Now, I'm certainly no expert, but I've done a little research and know a bit or two about a thing or two. I've been using peppermint oil for headaches for about two years now (AMAZING, by the way), and tea tree oil is always, always, always included in my homemade deodorant recipe. But lavender oil? Is new to me. I've always been drawn to lavender, first because it smells like little drops of heaven and second because purple is my favorite color, but that's neither here nor there. I recently picked up a bottle just to have on hand to add to deodorant and other natural beauty recipes, but I've been astounded and so excited to discover its many, many uses that I just had to share them with you!

the best best best acne spot treatment in the universe
I've mentioned before that apple cider vinegar had previously been my favorite spot-treatment cure for my occasional hormonal acne, but thus, no longer-- lavender oil has knocked it clear out of first place. All it takes is a drop or two of lavender oil, neat on your toughest spots and they'll dry up in a day or two like nobody's business. Lavender oil is much gentler than other essential oils (which should never be applied directly to the skin without researching first if they'll react with your skin! PSA over.), so it can be applied to your face and skin without irritation. Test on a small patch first just to make sure that you're not sensitive, but generally a few drops will take care of redness and acne bumps. If you'd like to use it on a regular basis, try adding a few drops to your oil cleansing oil of choice (or to your clean/natural moisturizer) and watch things clear up practically overnight!

make a pillow spray
Lavender oil is known for its calming effect, and seriously-- I can attest to it. I have this lovely little habit of letting my mind race before bed and keeping myself awake for hours at a time, unintentionally. Even on a normal night, it takes me a while longer than I'd like to fall asleep, so I've been putting a few drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle along with some witch hazel or distilled water to spritz on my pillow. I would never lie to you-- it is amazing, and the last few weeks I've been making that my nightly ritual have been some of my quickest-to-sleep ever! I'm sold. 

use to calm burns or cool off
Take that same bottle of lavender/water (or witch hazel) by your bedspread and spray it on burns to help soothe them or just to cool yourself off in the summer heat. 

clear up that cold
When I got sick living abroad & didn't want to take conventional cold medicines, the pharmacist recommended rubbing some vapor rub on the inside of the bowl, filling it with hot water and inhaling the steam to clear up my sinuses. I still use that remedy to this day, but now I switch it up from time to time and just drop a few drops into the hot water and let the steam do its thing. Also great for headaches & sinus issues: soak a washcloth with hot water, put a few drops of lavender oil & use as a warm compress for your head. 

as a perfume
Did we not already establish how deliciously yummy lavender oil smells? Yes? Great. When I was younger & baking with my grandmother, I got some vanilla on my fingers & she taught me to always dab that leftover vanilla on your neck as a perfume. (FYI: it makes you smell like cookies, and similar to your milkshake, will probably bring all the boys/etc to the yard. I promise.) The same goes for lavender-- because it's such a mild oil with an incredible scent, dab a dot or two on your neck behind your ears and just watch & smile as everyone goes nuts over how incredible you smell. 

There are countless more, I know I've barely scratched the surface! What do you use lavender oil for? If you give any of these a try, I'd love to hear about it!


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