By Emma Grace Fairchild:
Essential oils have become increasingly popular, as many people are trying to use nontoxic products. They serve a purpose in personal care and around the home, as well as in emotional contexts. Lavender oil is a great example of a fragrance that serves many functions and can be incorporated easily into your life! It is well known for promoting calm and relaxation every time it is used around the home or on your body! Always try to source pure lavender (or any essential oil) from sustainable sources, and watch out for copycats like artificial fragrance or lavandin. You can use lavender in so many more ways than sniffing it. Try incorporating these ideas in your home and see how you feel!
Around the home
- Use one drop in the toilet after cleaning as a natural non-toxic air purifier.
- Put 3-5 drops into a small spritz bottle (2-3 oz) and mix with water. Spray this mixture on linens, clothing, in trash cans — or anywhere else that might benefit from a fresh scent.
- Add 3-4 drops to the water when you wash a load of laundry
- Use as perfume instead of conventional perfumes, which are often a mystery blend of potentially toxic artificial scents. Dab one drop on your wrists and behind your ears as well. It is purely plant based with no alcohol, and the peaceful aroma will last throughout the day.
- Release 3-5 droplets into a warm bath instead of using the many scented bath products containing synthetic chemicals. Skip the bubbles and try lavender oil instead!
- For trauma and cuts — I always try to have a small bottle of lavender on hand for an emergency. If I cut myself and don’t have access to soap and water, I use lavender oil on the cut until I can wash it well. This also works for me with other injuries such as bruises or sprains; if I use lavender as soon as the injury happens, the scent instantly serves as a mild relaxant until I can access necessary health care. It also may help soothe mild trauma and promote healing.
Do you have any other uses for lavender oil that you’d like to share, or have you found success with any of these uses? Please comment below!