For Busy People: The Complete Guide To Using Lavender Oil
If you only use one essential oil, make sure it is lavender oil!
It is one of the most versatile essential oils, and it is most commonly known for its calming effects on the body. The relaxing scent helps your mind to unwind, but the benefits of lavender oil don’t end there; it can also be used to help cure various physical problems.
Having a bottle of lavender oil in your home gives you a mini first aid kit, food flavoring, perfume and a mood pick-me-up. Check out how to use lavender oil to cure physical and emotional problems below.
1. Aching muscles
If you have aching muscles after a tough work-out, run yourself a lavender bath to help soothe your aching muscles. Simply add a few drops of oil to the water before you jump in!
Lavender is well-known for its calming effect on the body. Add two drops of lavender oil to your cupped palms, then hold your face over your palms and breathe deeply if you are feeling stressed out. Simply breathing like this for a minute or two will calm you.
A study found that elderly psychiatric patients sleep better and are more alert during the daytime when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil. If you struggle to sleep, put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow before you go to sleep. Breathing in the lavender scented air will help to induce sleep.
To relieve earache, warm a bottle of lavender in hot water for a few minutes, then massage a few warm drops around your ears and throat.
5. Mosquito bite
Mosquitoes seriously hate the smell of lavender, so you can prevent bites by splashing diluted lavender onto your legs and arms before going out. You can also dab lavender oil onto bites to soothe the need for itching and the inflammation.
Relive headache pain by making a lavender compress for your head. Simply soak the compress in very cold water before sprinkling a few drops of lavender oil onto it. Rest with the compress on your forehead until you feel better.
7. Minor burns
If you have suffered a minor burn, first immerse the area in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards gently pat lavender oil onto the area to relieve pain and minimize the risk of scarring.
8. Motion sickness
Alleviate motion sickness by placing a drop of lavender oil on your navel or your ears. This will help to reduce the feeling of nausea.
If anyone in your family has a fever, sponge them gently with room-temperature water with a drop of lavender oil in it. This can be used on small children and babies as well as adults.
10. Small cuts
Simply place a drop of lavender oil on a cut to help kill bacteria and clean the wound.
You can mix lavender oil with another kind of vegetable oil (coconut, olive, or sesame, for example) to help with any irritation caused by eczema. Mix a few drops of each and gently massage onto the afflicted area.
12. Hay fever
Do you suffer from itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose every summer? Try rubbing lavender oil on your palms and inhaling the scent to relieve symptoms of hay fever.
Many aromatherapists say that lavender oil is one of the best natural ways to treat acne. Add a few drops to a plain cream and use a few times a week as a moisturizer.
14. Dry skin and lips
Dry, chapped lips can be re-hydrated with a small amount of lavender oil; simply rub a few drops onto the dry area.
Is there anything that lavender can’t do? It can also be used as a delicious flavoring to add to many recipes. We recommend adding a drop of lavender oil to green tea for enhanced flavor. It also works well in salads and desserts!
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