10 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

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Lavender, often called the Mother of All Oils, is the most popular essential oil. It’s a versatile oil that can be used for so many things. The saying goes, “When in doubt, use lavender.” It’s one to always keep in the house. Let’s go over some ways to use it.
1. Relaxation
Lavender is a nervine and calmative. This can enhance relaxation. Use before bed to promote rest and sleep. Use when you’re keyed up, or when the kids are keyed up and everyone needs to take a breather.

2. Coughs and colds
Inhale to reduce the symptoms of coughs and colds. I also enjoy it over the bridge of my nose, between my eyes, and over my forehead.

3. Digestive discomfort
As a carminative (dispels gas) and an antispasmodic, rub clockwise on the abdomen to soothe the belly and digestive discomfort.

4. Headache relief
Rub on the temples, back of neck, and massage into scalp to relieve tension and headaches. *Bonus: doing this at bedtime will also help you have the best sleep ever.

5. Joint & Muscle Pain
Massage topically into joints and muscles to relieve pain associated with strains, sprains, and rheumatoid arthritis.

6. Skin support
Add to coconut oil to relieve stressed skin after being in the sun, and to improve the appearance of skin, or to use as body lotion. This is a lovely, gentle oil for children.

Make an After Sun Mist:
5 tbsp pure aloe vera liquid
5 tbsp witch hazel
20 drops lavender essential oil
Mist across stressed skin.

7. Use as perfume
Apply neat to wrists and neck as a natural perfume, or add 5 drops to 2 ounces of witch hazel and spritz.

8. Hair care
Add to shampoo and conditioner to promote hair growth and maintain healthy hair.

9. Diffuser aromatherapy
Combine 2 drops lavender, 2 drops lime in a diffuser for a refreshing scent.

10. At Home Spa
Add 10-20 drops lavender essential oil to 1/2 cup epsom salts and 1/2 cup fine sea salt. Pour in warm bath water and enjoy a relaxing spa treatment.

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