Lavender oil is amongst the most common essential oils people tend to keep around the house. Not only does is it a power aromatherapy agent, it is so versatile you soon keep in on the short list of basic household necessities. Most of us here at Real Self Sufficiency proudly admit to having at least one bottle of it at home and using it regularly around the house. We made a list of our top 10 favorites below so you can start to enjoy this natural remedy for stress, odors, and…well, read below to learn the rest.
1. Natural Deodorizer
Once you’ve purchased that tiny bottle of lavender oil, you can stop spending money on synthetic air fresheners. Lavender is a natural antibacterial, so it actually kills the bacteria causing the nasty smell. To make your own air freshener air, add 20 drops of pure lavender essential oil, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol or witch hazel to a 12-ounce plastic spray bottle. Fill the rest with water, add the lid and shake to mix. Spray around the house as needed and say a fond farewell to those cheap perfume headaches from store-bought aerosol fresheners. Speaking of headaches…
2. Migraine and Headache Treatment
One of the world’s better natural anti-inflammatory treatments, you can use lavender to treat headaches. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to 1 TSP carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba. Mix and rub into temples and pulse points on your wrists and your neck. You can also add a dab or two directly under the nose as a mild inhalant to help reduce your pain.
3. General Pain Treatment
Rub the mixture above into tired, sore muscles, bruises, sprains, and other localized sources of discomfort. The skin is one of the fastest methods to transmit medicine to the entire body, so rub liberally when you’re full of aches and pains.
4. Depression and Anxiety
Lavender is a general mood lifter. Burn for 30 minutes a day in your oil diffuser to disperse the healing scent around the house. Soak in a bath with Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil to relax after a hard day.
5. Yoga Mat Cleanser
Specialty stores and online shops charge a small fortune for those yoga mat wipes and sprays to get funky post-practice smells out of your big black mat. Make your own by adding 15 drops of lavender oil to a 6-ounce spray bottle full of water. Saturate your mat, wipe it down with a cloth and let it sit near a sunny window or outside to dry. Enjoy the fresh smell of your mat during your next hot yoga class.
Most of us suffer from insomnia every once in a while. If you do, make sure to keep a bottle of essential oil near your bed. Add one to two drops directly to your wrist and rub into your temples before bed. Add a drop to your palms, rub them together and make a “tent” over your nose and inhale for several minutes. Do this at least 30-60 minutes before your head hits the pillow to get a good night’s sleep.
Because it’s such a fantastic odor agent, add a few drops to natural, unscented laundry detergent. Use the basic mixture of water and lavender oil in a spray bottle and spray the armpit areas of your favorite delicate shirts, suit coats and undergarments to prevent stains.
8. Mosquito Bites
Want to get rid of that nasty itch? Add one to two drops of pure oil directly to bug bites to reduce irritation and swelling.
9. Colds and Clogged Sinuses
Lavender is one of many essential oils that can help reduce swelling in tired, sore nasal tissues, mucous membranes and sinus cavities. When you have sinus congestion, fill a big bowl with boiling water, add 2-3 drops of oil, cover your head with a towel and inhale. The lavender both opens nasal passages and also helps reduce swelling. Try this a two to three times a day to keep your head from clogging up.
10. Skin and Scalp Treatment
If you have dandruff, try this treatment at home: take one 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil, add 2 drops of lavender oil and massage into your scalp. Let it sit for at least one hour before you shampoo. You can also let it sit overnight. Just make sure to place a towel on your pillow so you don’t get any oil stains on your sheets. Try this method several times a week to keep your scalp moisturized. It will feel great on your hair, too.
Acne sufferers, make your own astringent with witch hazel and lavender and apply to your t-zone once a day. If you have a lot of puffiness under the eyes, fill a with a small glass roll on bottle with jojoba oil, and 2-3 drops of lavender oil. Roll gently under the eyes right after you shower. You can also add lavender oil to jojoba oil and use it as a moisturizer. Fill a 2-ounce pump bottle with jojoba oil and add 4-5 drops of lavender. Rub it into your skin underneath your moisturizer or oil-free facial sunscreen.
As soon as you start using around the house, we promise, you will swear by lavender oil. Have any uses we didn’t think of? We’d love to hear your suggestions on the comments. We really do want to learn more about your success stories when it comes to healthy and happy sustainable living.