The "Swiss Army Knife" of Oils

October 2, 2014

by Jennifer Triassi, yoga instructor at Willow Tree WC

As an avid oiler, I’m often asked, “What are the different ways you can use essential oils?” So, each week, I will showcase one essential oil, and explain the various ways I use the oil! I hope you enjoy your weekly dose of oily tips!

First up is “Lavender.” Probably the most popular, widely-recognized essential oil, and for good reason. This stuff has been nicknamed the “Swiss Army Knife” of oils because it is AMAZINGLY versatile! Seriously, if stranded on a deserted island, and I could have ONLY ONE oil, it would be lavender! I use this stuff on a daily basis for a bunch of different reasons. It is the one I reach for over and over again…

 

How to use:

  • It can be applied neat (directly on the skin) for adults.

  • It can be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. (Dilution is recommended for babies and children.)

  • It can be diffused.

Here are my my “fave fifteen” ways to use lavender oil:

  • Relaxation: Lavender is great for relaxation! I will forever associate the scent with Tranquil Space’s signature aromatherapy spray during savasana. You can create a mist like the one used at Tranquil Space, or use 6-10 drops in a bath with epsom salts or diffuse 5-8 drops before bedtime. You can also apply lavender topically on the wrists or behind the ears.

  • Dry Lips: Mix 1 drop of lavender and 1/2-1 tsp of coconut oil for dry or chapped lips.

  • Eyelashes: Add 1 drop to new mascara tube to support lash growth.

  • Dry Scalp: Massage several drops of lavender on your scalp to ease dry scalp and eliminate dandruff.

  • Cuts and Burns: 1-2 drops of lavender can help with the stinging pain of burns and help disinfect cuts.

  • Bug Repellent: Lavender can help keep bugs away….like these nasty gnats plaguing us here in PA!

  • Upset Stomach: Apply 1-2 drops on the wrists or behind the ears for a queasy tummy.

  • Sleep Aid: Diffuse lavender at bedtime or add a couple drops to your pillow. Sweet dreams.

  • Allergy Relief: Diffuse lavender to help with symptoms of allergies.

  • Headaches: Diffuse a few drops of lavender or apply to wrists or temples to help with a tension headache.

  • Sunburns: Apply a few drops of lavender directly to a sunburn for relief.

  • Hyperactivity: Lavender can be very helpful for hyperactive children. I diffuse lavender when my 4-year-old is wound up!

  • Poison Ivy/Oak: Apply a couple drops of lavender to the affected area for itch relief.

  • Teeth Grinding: If you grind your teeth while you sleep, diffusing lavender during the night can help.

  • Scent closets: Add a couple drops of lavender to cotton balls and place in closets…will also keep moths and insects away!

What are your favorite ways to use lavender? Please share your tips or favorite “lavender recipes” in the comments below!

If you have any questions, or are interested in purchasing lavender or any other essential oils or the amazing Premium Starter Kit, please contact me!

 

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