How to Use Lavender Essential Oil
How to Use Lavender
Lavender is a light, refreshing, versatile plant. It can be used for a variety of medicinal, therapeutic, cleaning, and beauty purposes. If you prefer natural remedies, use lavender essential oil to treat bee stings as well as minor burns, and also to reduce nausea and motion sickness. Enjoy the scent throughout your home by using dried lavender when baking, in the shower, and to freshen laundry or carpets. Lavender tea can even be used to treat lice as well as reduce insomnia.
Treating Injuries and Ailments with Lavender
Treat minor injuries.You can use lavender essential oil to treat bee stings, insect bites, minor burns, and cuts. For bee stings and insect bites, simply dab a drop of lavender oil on the sting or bite to eliminate itching and reduce swelling. For minor burns and cuts, dab a few drops of lavender oil on the wound to cleanse it and kill bacteria. The oil will also act as a topical pain reliever.
- You can also apply a few drops of lavender oil to treat cold sores, chapped skin, and chapped or sunburned lips.
- Lavender can affect your hormones, so avoid using it on children without a pediatrician’s approval.
Stop a nosebleed.Put a drop of lavender oil to a tissue and wrap it around a small ice cube or ice chip. Hold the wrapped ice chip between the middle of your top lip and your gums. Keep it there for as long as it’s comfortable or until the bleeding stops.
- Be careful not to freeze your lip or your gum.
- You can use two layers of tissue around the ice if the cold feels too intense. Just be sure the lavender oil is applied to the top tissue layer.
Reduce nausea and motion sickness.For relief from nausea and motion sickness, put one drop of lavender on the back of your tongue and one drop behind each ear. Smear another drop around your belly button.
Alleviate eczema and dermatitis.Mix several drops of lavender oil with several drops of your favorite nut, seed, or vegetable oil. Dab some lavender on the spots that are giving you trouble.
- Coconut oil, olive oil, and sesame oil are just a few examples of oils you can use for the eczema and dermatitis treatment.
- You can also use a drop of lavender oil to treat acne blemishes.
Improve your sleep.Add dried lavender satchels or packets into homemade pillows or sleep masks to promote a relaxing sleep.
- You can make your own lavender sachets by filling small muslin bags (or sewing your own) with 4 to 6 tablespoons of dried lavender.
Treat dandruff and lice.Brew a strong cup of lavender tea (let the tea bag or dried lavender steep for at least 20 minutes). Next, cool the tea and massage into your scalp to treat dandruff and then rinse. You can also use this method to treat lice after applying a standard lice treatment to your scalp.
Treat gastrointestinal issues.Lavender tea can be an effective treatment for gastrointestinal issues, such a colic, bowel syndromes, indigestion, and flatulence. Start with a weaker brew first and slowly increase its strength over time to find out the right strength for your body.
Relieve insomnia.There are a number of causes of insomnia including anxiety, depression, and stress. Drink 1 to 2 cups (8 to 16 ounces) of lavender tea approximately an hour before you plan to sleep. Drinking the lavender tea releases its scent, which helps relieve the underlying causes of insomnia and helps you sleep.
Protect your heart.Drinking a cup of lavender tea daily prevents cardiovascular disease in old age. Lavender tea is full of antioxidants, which help regulate blood pressure and can also prevent strokes.
Adding Lavender to Dishes and Drinks
Cleaning and Freshening with Lavender
Clean your carpet.Mix 5 to 6 drops of lavender oil with 1 cup (8 ounces) of baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture on your carpet and let it sit for an hour. Vacuum the carpet as normal.Your carpet will be refreshed with a clean scent.
Freshen your laundry.By inserting a lavender-filled sachet into the dryer, you can add a light refreshing scent to your laundry. These can be used instead of dryer sheets. To make a sachet, simply fill a small mesh or fabric bag with dried lavender and tie or seal the bag tightly.
- If you use a mesh bag, choose one made from very fine mesh so the lavender particles don’t escape.
Refresh the air in your home.Add a few tablespoons of dried lavender to a pot of water. Drop in a few citrus peels and simmer on the stove for 2 hours. The aroma will spread throughout your home.
- Never leave the simmering pot unattended and be sure to add additional water if it gets too low.
Using Lavender in Your Beauty Routine
Concoct a homemade lavender coconut scrub.Mix together 1 cup (8 ounces) of granulated sugar, ½ cup (4 ounces) of melted coconut oil, and 10 to 15 drops of lavender oil.
- You can also add 2 tablespoons of dried lavender buds into the scrub for decoration.
- If you put the scrub into decorative containers, you can give them as gifts.
Apply as a leave-in conditioner.Brew a strong cup of lavender tea, cool it, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the cooled lavender tea onto weak, brittle hair a few times a week. You can apply the spray to wet or dry hair.
Take a lavender oatmeal bath.Relax and unwind with a soothing lavender oatmeal bath. Simply place two tablespoons of dried lavender and two tablespoons of oatmeal in a muslin bag. Drop it into a warm bath, sink into the tub, and enjoy.
Make a honey-lavender face mask.Pamper your skin with an easy DIY face mask. Combine one tablespoon of raw honey with three drops of lavender oil in a small bowl. Stir well to combine, then smooth the mixture over your clean, damp face and neck. Leave it on for five to fifteen minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
QuestionCan I put my lavender in water? I want to make a decorative vase with it for the moment.wikiHow ContributorCommunity Answerif you are using it as a decoration, lavender dries out really well and holds its color. The stems can get moldy if you leave them in water for a long time, though.Thanks!
QuestionCan I chop up the lavender stem as well as the flower?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but be careful cutting the flower and the stem as next year's flowers will be on the new green stems.Thanks!
QuestionCan lavender be used as an insect repellent?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Lavender has many uses, but it cannot be used as insect repellent.Thanks!
QuestionCan lavender oil be taken orally?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Pure lavender is completely safe to consume, as long as it has not been touched by any chemicals or other inedible things.Thanks!
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- Essential oils are potent and past studies have suggested negative effects on boys and men who are over-exposed to lavender essential oil. Ask your doctor about safe exposure levels.
- Pregnant women should minimize the amount of lavender they ingest during the course of their pregnancy.
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