Top 10 Uses for Lavender
May 5, 2016
We've had a lot of questions lately about our favorite essential oils, how to use and why we love them. So we'll do our best to address them all here on the Buckaroo Blog for you! If you have an oil that you'd like to read about or consult directly about with our Product Experts give us a shout. You can reach out to us or find our contact details here. We'd love to here from you!
First on the list, we have lavender. We love lavender. This is definitely one of our favorites as it has a myriad of beneficial uses from relaxation purposes to pain relief to repelling insects and so much more. How does a lavender become an oil? It's extracted using a process called steam distillation. The steam from the buds is collected and condensed into a liquid or a pure essential oil. We use lavender for many, many, many great things (i.e. Tough as Nails skin treatment, Mother Hen body butter, Sleepy Spurs calming rub, etc... ). It's also one of the few oils that is safe for sensitive newborns!
We always promote dilution of essential oils with a carrier oil of your choice. Diluting the oil means to drop 1-3 drops into about a tablespoon of a carrier oil (coconut, olive, etc.). Lavender can be used "neat" meaning you don't have to dilute it, but we recommend dilution in most cases just to be safe. Especially when applying oil to newborns or babies 2 months and older: dilute, dilute, dilute!
As we mentioned before, there are countless uses for lavender. Listed below are just some of our favorites methods and a few tips on how to use it effectively:
- Calming - dilute and apply a drop or two to your temples and massage to help reduce stress and anxiety.
- Improve sleep - smooth 2-4 drops on your pillow before bed
- Pain relief - dilute and massage oil on affected area (i.e. back, knee, knuckles, etc) to reduce pain in your muscles, joints, and the help treat rheumatism and more
- Eczema - dilute and apply topically to eczema or dermatitis
- Healing - dilute and drop lavender oil on a wound to heal and restore skin after burns, stop bleeding for cuts and scrapes, help eliminate and prevent scarring, and more
- Bug bites and stings - drop onto an insect bit or bee sting to reduce redness and swelling (also works great to prevent bites if you rub into the skin instead of using chemical-filled bug sprays)
- Motion sickness and nausea - massage 2 drops behind ears or on temples to ease symptoms
- Sinusitis or hay fever - rub a few drops between your palms and inhale gently and deeply or use 2 drops in a bowl of steaming water and inhale slowly
- Dandruff and lice - dilute (olive oil) rub a few drops into scalp to help eliminate dandruff and kill lice.
- Diffusing- place 3-5 drops into a diffuser as a way to experience the lavender oil aromatically.
These are just a few of the ways we recommend using lavender as a part of your clean living lifestyle. This simple scent has the potential for hundreds of different uses. Do you have different ways you use lavender and want to share? We encourage comments below to share how essential oils have improved your life and potentially improve the lives of others in our Buckaroo family. Be sure to check back over the coming weeks for ways to use other essential oils like; lemon, peppermint, tea tree, and more! You can also sign up to receive our newsletter and we will let you know when we have a more oils for you to learn about!
*We recommend using lavender as a dried herb for cooking as opposed to the essential oil. Some studies have shown that directly consuming highly concentrated doses of lavender can cause hormone imbalances.