Perhaps you even picked up a bottle of the essential oil of lavender, or its close cousin the essential oil of Lavandin, (ref Lavender vs Lavandin) during your travels but you are not sure how to use it?
Transport yourself back ! You might even be able to trick yourself for a moment into thinking that intoxicating lavender scent is of real lavender fields, with acacias chirping and the warm sun on your face. Much cheaper than a plane ticket!!!
There are many uses for lavender essential oil, here are a few of my favorites…
Household Uses for Lavender Oil
- Diffuse oil to neutralize tobacco and kitchen odors, use in your car as an air freshener, or add drops to a tea light candle
- Detract pets from soiling the area of your choice (like that corner in the living room!)
- Scent your drawers, closets, potpourri for a dash of Provence every time you open them
- Add a drop or two to water before cleaning floors or bathroom (way better than Pine-Sol)
- Add a few drops to the washing machine rinse cycle for sweet-smelling clothes
- Mix up an all-purpose all natural cleaner
- Mix a few drops of Lavender Oil with Sea Salt and coconut oil for an easy and effective facial scrub
- Homemade Lavender Coconut Oil Salt Scrub
- Homemade Lavender Lip Balm
- Coconut Oil and Lavender Moisturizer will beat winter dryness
- Make your own Lavender perfume
- Lavender Hair spray is great to keep the bounce in your curls and helps balance natural scalp oils. It also makes your hair smell simply fabulous.
- Regular massage with lavender oil is said to reduce hair loss and make the hair soft and shiny.
- Lavender oil is also a good treatment for dry, flaky scalp. It soothes and nourishes the scalp, providing relief from dry itchy scalp conditions. Soak 1/4 cup oatmeal in 1/2 cup warm water for twenty minutes, then add 5 drops Rosemary ct. Camphor oil + 7 drops Lavender oil and applying mixture to scalp for one hour. Rinse in warm water.
Relaxation Uses for Lavender Oil
- A teaspoonful mixed into a squirt of soap in the bath increases relaxation
- Rub a couple of drops under your nostrils and inhale to calm the nerves
- Added to almond or olive oil for a great massage oil
- Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow before going to sleep (no staining as the lavender oil completely evaporates)
Food Uses for Lavender Oil (Only use food grade Lavandula angustifolia*)
- Flavor sparkling water with a drop or two of Lavender Oil and a squirt of lemon juice (http://ohsodelicioso.com/sparkling-lavender-lemonade/). Add some half and half and you have an Italian Soda!
- A Lavender Vanilla Syrup will spice up your cocktails with just four drops. My very favorite is a gin cocktail called Lavender Bee’s Knees . Do bees have knees???
- Make a Lavender Syrup to spice up your lattes (yummy whether hot or cold, coffee or tea) with two drops Lavender oil to 1 cup sugar or honey simple syrup – A dash of vanilla turns it into a London Fog Latte.
- Try making Lemon Lavender Cupcakes from scratch or cheat with a lemon pound cake mix and three drops of lavender oil along with 1T dried food grade buds for pound cake.
- How about Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies instead? Tasty!
- Perfect for summer is the delicious Lavender Honey Ice Cream, just replace the dried lavender with 2-4 drops of Lavender Oil.
* Just be very careful about the amount of essential oils that you are ingesting, one drop of essential oil can be the equivalent to drinking 75 cups of tea of the same herb. If you are worried, just make a lavender infusion instead)
Medicinal Uses for Lavender Oil (Only use Lavandula angustifolia*)
(Make sure of course to consult with your doctor first before trying any of these remedies – safety first!)
- Dab a drop of lavender oil on your neck or temples any time that you are tense
- Use on small cuts and abrasions as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic properties
- Apply to light burns to help heal the area faster
- A few drops mixed into coconut oil can help eczema and dermatitis
- Add a drop to a teaspoon of honey or in hot tea as a sore throat remedy
- Rub a few drops onto sore areas to calm muscular pain
- 20 drops added to a light body cream deters mosquitos. A few drops on the neck of your pets (or children) can deter mosquitos, fleas and tics
- Soothe bug bites, particularly those pesky mosquitos
- Massage into hair a mixture of 10 drops to 1 cup carriers oil (olive, coconut or jojoba oil) and let soak for 2 hours to kill lice, repeating after 7 days to kill hatchlings
Lavandin (Lavandula × intermedia or Latifolia) is a hybrid and contains higher levels of camphor, and as such are not suitable for food and medicinal uses. They are however half the price and still smell wonderful, so depending on your desired use they may be the perfect choice. I recently met this producer of LAVANDIN at the farmers market in Sénas
Gérard Claret / Lavandin Producer
Rue du Calvaire, 30760 Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas
+33 4 66 82 17 78 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(International orders welcome)
Or get the real deal (not the hybrid)… The more expensive “LAVANDE FINE” (Common Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia* or L. officinalis) comes in a food grade quality and offers many more uses than the hybrid Lavandin. GGG BONUS: Get 25% off using Girl Gone Gallic’s discount code: CLUBMUSEE2015. And no, I don’t get a kickback from them… I just like and use their essential oil product. They also offer other lavender based products, but those aren’t worth going out of your way.
Le Château du Bois / Lavander Producer (and museum) in Coustellet
276 Route de Gordes, Coustellet 84220
When used in food, a little goes a long way… Too much and your food will taste like lavender hand lotion. The lavender producer in Coustellet also has a small museum that is worth a peak if you are in the area.
Still confused about which variety to select ? Check out my blog post “Lavender vs Lavandin – What is the difference ?”
As you can see there are a great many uses for lavender oil, but my very favorite is still to just sprinkle a few drops on my pillow before I go to sleep soothing away all the stresses of the day. Sweet dreams…
Happy (scented) Travels,
-Girl Gone Gallic
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