Lavender oil is often called the most versatile essential oil in the world, and the uses for it are seemingly endless. If you only choose one essential oil, lavender oil is the best. It has so many benefits and uses – everything from healing to cleaning.
Here are just a few of our favourite lavender oil uses:
As a sleep aid. When you’re having trouble shutting your brain off at night, avoid those chemical sleep aids and turn to lavender oil; it can really help. It calms and relaxes the mind, giving you the ability to close your eyes and drift away without having to worry about feeling groggy in the morning or becoming dependent. A great way to use it to help get a better night’s sleep is by placing a few drops on a tissue and placing the tissue under your pillow.
To soothe aching muscles. Whether you’re sore because of an intense workout or because of a health condition such as arthritis, lavender oil is a great way to reduce the pain. Get relief by filling the tub with warm water and adding some oil and Epsom salts and soak away the tension.
Keep mosquitoes at bay. Lucky for us, these annoying insects hate the smell of lavender, which makes it the perfect natural insect repellant. A spritz of lavender oil mixed with water before heading outside will help prevent bites, as will soaking a cotton ball in the oil and leaving it on a plate on your windowsill inside to keep bugs out. Lavender oil can also help reduce the itch and swelling caused by insect bites. Just dab it on neat.
Headache relief. The soothing and refreshing scent of lavender oil is very effective at treating a headache. For best results, place a few drops of lavender on a cold cloth and place it on your forehead. You can also try massaging a few drops into the forehead, temples and the back of your neck when you’re out on the go.
Natural household cleaner. If you are looking to decrease the chemicals you use when cleaning your home, lavender oil is a great place to turn. Make an all-purpose household cleaner using just vinegar, lavender oil and water. Simply blend 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of distilled water and 20 drops of lavender oil in a clean glass bottle and add a spray nozzle.
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Sleep – we all need it, that’s a fundamental fact of life. Too little sleep and we’re talking not only a supreme lack of energy, but also a weakened immune system, sluggish thought processing, weight gain and even a compromised ability to properly regulate your blood sugar. So, if you’re not getting enough sleep, we’re here to help. Lavender oil is well-known for its sleep inducing properties, so here are a few ways to take advantage.
Take a warm bath. What better way is there to relax the mind and body than a hot soak in the tub? Help get your body ready for sleep by adding several drops of lavender oil to the bath water as the tub fills up. Also, try adding some Epson salts – stress drains the body of magnesium and Epsom salts are rich in this very important mineral.
Fill the air and breathe deep by adding some lavender oil to an essential oil diffuser. This will not only help you sleep, it will fill your bedroom with a soothing, refreshing scent.
Or, for something super easy yet super effective, try some lavender scented pillows. Check out this video on how:
Using lavender oil for sleep is an easy, all natural way to get those required hours in. Don’t let too few hours make you cranky – or your body and mind angry either. Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
For many of us, the morning routine is similar. We get up, have a shower, get dressed, do our hair and then take out the makeup. Whether you are a minimalist when it comes to makeup, or your everyday look calls for a little more, most of us use some form of makeup brush on the regular. But does your regular routine also include a makeup brush cleaner?
Think about it this way: as we use our makeup brushes, old makeup, dead skin, dirt oil and bacteria become embedded deep within the bristles…ummm, yuck. If you aren’t cleaning those brushes on a semi-regular basis at least, where do you think that gunk is going? That’s right – back into your pores. Hello pimples or other skin irritants…
The good thing is, just because the gunk gets trapped, doesn’t mean you have to toss those brushes – you just have to clean them.
Here’s our recipe for your own DIY makeup brush cleaner using tea tree oil and lavender oil.
What you’ll need:
- Bowl of warm water (about 1 ½ cups)
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 8-10 drops tea tree oil
- 8-10 drops lavender oil
Yep, that’s it. Blend your ingredients together – you’re ready.
Start by giving your brushes a quick rinse under lukewarm water – nothing too dramatic, just a brief rinse will do. Then swirl the bristles gently around the bottom of the bowl containing your mixture. You don’t want to be too rough – notice we didn’t include elbow grease on the ingredient list – let the essential oils work their magic. Also, try to avoid getting any part of the handle wet – that can break down the glue that holds the bristles together, causing your brushes to suffer early onset baldness.
Once you’ve cleaned them all, lay them flat on a clean, dry towel and let dry (preferably overnight).
Voila, gunk free makeup brushes.
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We’ve spent the last two months focussing on particular essential oils, tea tree and eucalyptus oil to be exact, and this month is no different. We start off this series with a lavender essential oil guide, looking at the basics and some background. Well-known for its ability to calm and relax the nerves, lavender oil is actually great for a number of uses and has been used for hundreds of years.
The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its clean, fresh scent. Egyptians, Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume and also for mummification by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped shrouds. Ancient Greeks used Lavender nardus, named so after the Syrian city of Naarda, and it was commonly called Nard. It was one of the holy herbs used to prepare the Holy Essence and Nard, or ‘spikenard,’ is mentioned in the Christian bible in the ‘Song of Solomon,’ among other places. The Greeks used lavender to scent their beds, baths, clothing and even their hair. It was also the Greeks who discovered the essential oil’s medicinal properties.
Lavender essential oil is extracted, primarily through steam distillation, from the flowers of the lavender plant. It is used as a disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and for aromatherapy.
The health benefits of lavender essential oil are many. Here are just a few of the most common.
- Ability to eliminate nervous tension, calm and relax the mind
- Relieve pain
- Disinfect the scalp and skin
- Enhance blood circulation
- Treat respiratory problems
- Treat headaches
- Soothe and heal insect bites
- Soothe sunburns and small cuts
Lavender essential oil is also used for internal medical conditions, including indigestion and heartburn.
Aside from medical uses, dried lavender flowers are used as fragrant filler to freshen linens and the oil is commonly used to freshen the air. It is also used in cooking.
Over the next few weeks we will continue to look at the many great benefits and uses of lavender essential oil, so be sure to check back!
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