How do you use lavender oil? Do you use it to relax and calm your nerves? Ease stress? Relieve pain? All of the above?
I use lavender oil for everything! It smells amazing and really relaxes me. Plus it’s great for skin problems and … would you believe … lavender can help with hair loss?
It’s true! And there are studies that show it.
Anyway, let’s see a couple ways to use lavender oil.
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Ways to Use Lavender Oil
During early morning workouts
(#1) Whether you enjoy yoga or cardio, add 5 drops of lavender, 3 drops of peppermint, and 3 drops of orange oil to your diffuser. Peppermint and orange have bright scents that wake you up, while lavender makes sure you start the morning calm and chill.
(#2) If an early morning jog is your thing, add 3 drops of lavender and 2 drops of chamomile to your diffuser jewelry before heading out. Take a whiff ever so often and you’ll feel like you have a flower garden on your wrist. It’s wonderful!
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Use lavender oil in the shower
(#3) Add 2 drops of lavender oil to a cotton pad or cloth and place it in your shower caddy or shelf. While you shower, the warm steam will vaporize the oil and fill the space with a relaxing, beautiful scent.
If you have sinus congestion, it will certainly help open up your airways. Don’t forget to breathe deeply!
(#4) Worried about hair loss? Add 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of tea tree oil to your shampoo. Mix them up and apply to your scalp and hair. Both oils are proven against hair loss and are antifungal too; so no more dandruff either!
(#5) Swap tea tree for one drop of rosemary oil. Rosemary is another really good anti-fungal oil. And a 2% rosemary oil blend had comparable results to 2% minoxidil (the commercial treatment for hair loss), according to this study.
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For self care scrubs
You should definitely use lavender oil in your homemade DIY body scrub. Here are a couple ideas you can try:
(#6) Mix 4 ounces of coarse sugar to 2 ounces of your favorite carrier oil – like coconut, jojoba or avocado oil. Add 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of tea tree oil. You can also add two Vitamin E gel capsules into your mix. Enjoy this great scrub and keep the rest in the fridge for another self care day.
(#7) If you want a salt scrub instead, add 2 ounces of pink Himalayan salt to 2 ounces of your preferred carrier oil. Then, use 10 drops of lavender oil and scrub away!
You can also add in other fun scrub essentials too. A handful of oats is nice and coarse. A spoonful of honey is soothing and moisturizing. The scrub sky is the limit!
The deodorants here are not antiperspirant. Personally, I don’t use antiperspirants because I want my body to sweat, remove my toxins and cool me down. These recipes don’t stop sweat, but they do stop odor.
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(#8) Combine 4 ounces of coconut oil, 2 ounces of baking soda and 2 ounces of arrowroot flour or corn starch. To this, add 12 drops each of lavender and tea tree oil. Use just a little on your sweat spots.
I use it all the time. The baking soda masks any odor. The arrowroot flour keeps my armpits dry. And the oils makes them feel soft, supple and clean. And I still smell great even after a long sweaty day. Thanks to lavender!
(#9) If you want a deodorant that will keep you dryer, check out this mix from soapdelinews. It asks for refined shea butter, emulsifying wax, coconut oil, neem oil, bentonite clay, arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide, lavender oil and tea tree oil. It takes some work to DIY, but it’s a nice deodorant too!
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Use lavender oil in your DIY perfume
(#10) If you are looking for a roll on perfume, use this one. Fill your roller bottle to 95% capacity with your favorite carrier oil. You can try jojoba, almond, coconut or any other non-greasy carrier oil. Add lavender essential oil to fill in the remaining space. You can also add a couple of drops of chamomile oil too. Shake properly before applying.
Here’s another favorite of mine. A lavender perfume spray!
(#11) Fill a small spray bottle with 2 parts water and 1 part alcohol like vodka or ethanol. Next, add 1 teaspoon of a light carrier oil (I use almond oil) and 10 drops of lavender oil. You can vary the amount of almond and lavender oil based on the size of the spray bottle you use.
Shake well and spritz your clothes. The whole point of this spray is to ensure it evaporates quickly, hence the alcohol. I add the almond oil to make sure undiluted lavender doesn’t touch my skin directly (it’s too sensitive for undiluted lavender).
Use lavender in the car
(#12) I do not use artificial air fresheners in the car. I use essential oils instead… especially lavender. Usually, I would add about two drops of the oil to a cotton ball and place it in the cup holder.
You don’t want to use too much lavender oil, since it is super relaxing. And you can’t be too relaxed when you’re behind the wheel. So two drops are enough.
Relax at Work
If you are lucky enough to have your own office or if you are able to use a diffuser at work, then there are tons of lavender blends you can try to keep calm at work.
No more work stress for you!
(#13) Here’s a great diffuser blend you can try. Three drops of clary sage essential oil and three drops of lavender oil. That’s it.
According this 2013 study, clary sage was found to be more calming than lavender! And both combined? Say goodbye to work stress!
Petitgrain is another proven essential oil for stress. This 2017 study found the oil reduced stress, increased attentiveness and alertness, and improved performance in the workplace.
(#14) So try a blend of two drops of lavender and two drops of petitgrain.
(#15) If you can’t diffuse at work, then you can make your own inhaler. You can get empty inhalers with little cotton inserts on Amazon. Add two drops of clary sage, 2 drops of lavender and 1 drop of ylang ylang essential oils. These oils are all great for staying calm and relieving stress.
Feel free to play around with other oils too. Try a lavender, frankincense and spruce combination or a germanium, lavender, chamomile combo. They’re amazing. But it’s all based on your taste … well smell, really … and what you like.
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Bath time with lavender
There’s nothing better than having a lavender soak. It’s so very soothing, calming, and relaxing.
(#16) Sometimes, I add five drops of lavender oil to a glob (about a teaspoon) of my shampoo before dropping it in the tub. Shampoo is important to make sure the oil mixes with the water… without it, the essential oil will just sit on top of the water. And, if my skin touches that undiluted oil, it burns… my skin is that sensitive!
So shampoo is a must for me but it isn’t the only option. You can try your favorite bubble bath or a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil. But, just so you know, a carrier oil will leave a greasy layer in your tub, so you will have a little extra clean up to do there.
(#17) Another great way to use lavender oil is in your own face mask (or hair mask too). To a tablespoon for flaxseed gel, add a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil (like tamanu, jojoba, or safflower), two drops of lavender oil and one drop of tea tree oil. Mix everything well to make sure the essential oils are properly and safely diluted. Apply the mask (it’s better to use a large makeup brush) to your face, neck, hands and even your hair. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing it off.
Your skin will feel tighter and amazing!
(#18) Do you vacuum often? Then, try adding a cotton ball with three drops of lavender oil to the dirt bin of your vacuum cleaner. The cotton ball will stay in the bin but the smell will spread throughout the cleaner and your room. So, you can really clean to relax!
(#19) Use lavender oil in your linen sprays too. To a large spray bottle, fill three quarters of it with water, add a teaspoon of a super light carrier oil like almond or grapeseed oil, and then drop in 20 drops of lavender oil. To finish it, fill the remainder with ethanol. Shake well and spray your curtains, couches (don’t use on leather), inside cupboards, shoes, smelly spots, and more.
It smells so good and is guaranteed to eliminate odor! No need to Febreze anymore…
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(#20) You can use lavender oil in a lot of ways to unwind before bed. But I find the best way is to diffuse three drops of the oil close to your bed an hour before you hit the sack. The smell will spread throughout the room and get into your pillows and bedspreads. You don’t have leave your diffuser on while you sleep. An hour diffusion is enough. Use that hour for your screen-free self care time.
You can also ditch your painkillers before bed too, since the oil does well to relieve pain, especially from headaches and migraines. In this 2012 article, researchers found inhaling lavender for 15 minutes was an effective and safe treatment for managing migraine headaches.
The point? Use lavender oil…
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