When you think of essential oils, lavender is probably one of the first to come to mind. It’s been used for centuries and has so many amazing uses. You can find lavender in pretty much any store these days, but unfortunately, not all lavender is created equal. Here is what doTERRA has to say about the quality and potency of their lavender oil over other companies:
“doTERRA’s Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is indigenous to the Provence region of France. The high altitudes at which lavender is grown results in the plant having higher ester and sesquiterpene alcohol content, thereby increasing its helpful benefits. You simply cannot duplicate the rocky soil and Mediterranean growing conditions that are specific to this region. Although lavender grows readily in the United States, the qualities are not as beneficial because, the growing conditions that exist in the native lands cannot be duplicated. Where your oils are sourced matters.”
Make sure that the lavender oil you are using is of the highest quality from a company you trust. Otherwise, you may be doing more harm than good!
Check out 10 of my favorite ways to use this beautiful oil:
1. Stress Relief
Lavender is known for its calming properties and is perfect for those days you’re feeling stressed. Rub a drop or two down the back of your neck and on your wrists for a soothing experience. Or diffuse 5-6 drops into the room for a calming and peaceful atmosphere.
2. Deep Sleep
Lavender is one of my go-to oils for sleep. Because it has such a calming effect, it always works like a charm to help me fall asleep quickly. I love using it in my Sleep Tight Blend!
3. Skin Soother
French chemist, Rene Gattefosse discovered the soothing powers of Lavender after his hand was badly burned in an experiment. He couldn’t believe how quickly his hand healed with hardly any scarring! Lavender has incredible skin soothing properties, making it ideal for use on your face and body. Try it in my Glowing Skin Serum!
4. Room Freshener
Adding lavender to a spray bottle, either alone or in combination with other oils, makes a beautiful room freshener. Combine with distilled water of witch hazel for an easy, DIY room spray.
5. Scalp Conditioner
Because Lavender is so good for the skin, it makes an excellent scalp conditioner. It’s very effective at removing style build up and cleansing the scalp. It’s also very useful for stimulating the scalp for healthy hair growth. Check out my Healthy Hair Rinse or this DIY Hair Perfume!
6. Blemish Fighter
Lavender is perfect for soothing skin irritations and blemishes. Try dabbing a drop directly onto problem areas or try it in my Glowing Skin Serum.
7. Linen Spray
Combine with pure witch hazel and lightly spray over pillows and sheets for beautiful smelling linens. It will also make your entire room smell amazing!
8. Calming Bath
Add 3-4 drops to a cup of Epsom Salt for a relaxing bath before bed.
9. Keep Bugs Away
Combine Lavender with Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Cedarwood in a rollerball or spray bottle and use on pulse points when heading outdoors to keep pests away!
10. Flavor Your Food
Lavender makes a lovely addition to marinades, baked goods and dessert recipes! Give these Lavender Cupcakes a try at your next brunch or luncheon!
As you can see, there are numerous ways to use this very versatile oil! What’s your favorite way to use Lavender?