So armed with this knowledge of what I didn’t want to use anymore, I went in search of something that would be safe for my family, and just as effective at cleaning and germ killing. I discovered that the herb that I have always loved the smell of was the answer to all of my needs and more, and in the process of researching this blog I learned some new uses that I never thought of before.
Lavender is one of the most widely used, versatile herbs known today. It has natural antiseptic, analgesic, anti-depressant, sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender essential oil has been used in aromatherapy to promote healing, in perfumes and cosmetics, as a burn and sunburn remedy and to prevent scar formation. No to mention having stress relieving, insect repelling and antibacterial properties.
When you go to buy lavender essential oil make sure that it is 100% pure essential oil and not a perfume oil. Look for oil from the lavendula angustifolia or lavendula officinalis plants (can be also known as true lavender, common lavender or English lavender). Lavendula angustifolia has the most healing qualities but is defiantly a more expensive oil. Either works well and both have the sweet, flowery smell that most of us associate with lavender.
So now that you have a bottle of lavender essential oil in hand, how can you utilize it? It can be massaged onto the skin, placed in diffusers for inhalation, added to baths, added to vaporizers, or mixed with water or other substances for spray purposes.
Here are some of the uses for lavender . . .
-dab a few drops on your temples, neck and wrists and sniff throughout the day to help with migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress
-for better sleep (lavender is relaxing & calming, helps induce sleep) put a few drops on your pillow at bedtime
-use a drop of neat lavender (straight essential oil) on a burn to ease pain immediately
-on a sunburn use a cold lavender tea compress (to make lavender tea – 1tsp dried lavender flower, 1c boiling water, steep 10 min, strain and cool)
-a drop of neat lavender oil applied on a mosquito bite can relieve the itching
-to repel mosquitoes and other insects use a lavender spray or try putting lavender oil directly on your pulse points
-lavender spray / antibacterial spray (this multipurpose spray is always in my kitchen and what I use to clean just about everything, I have sprayed it on linens freshen them, and now I will have to try it as an insect repelant too) – 1c filtered water, 1 tsp (10-20 drops) pure lavender oil, place in a clean squirt bottle and shake vigorously; spray on surfaces and allow to stand for 15 min or more then you can either wipe dry or let air dry; use anywhere germs like to lurk like kitchen counter, high chairs, or bathrooms just to name a few. It also works well to clean floors too.
These are just a few uses for this amazing herb, but there are so many more, the uses for lavender are virtually endless!
It is a must have for every home! Pick some up today and see how many places or ways you can find for .