All About Lavender Essential Oil

                                               

I've noticed that over the past year it has become cool to use essential oils. My friends are now carrying around little bottles in their purses and some of my family members have fallen madly in love with their diffusers. If I had to choose one essential oil to live with for the rest of my life, it would be lavender.

I have two massive lavender plants by my front door. They are beautiful and low maintenance plants but the real reason I love them is because lavender is a natural bug repellent and I really dislike bugs. I could be outside in a group of 20 people and not one other person gets a bite except me. Not to spoil things but soothing itchy skin is one of my favorite reasons why I love lavender.

I won't bore you with the species and sizes so lets just get to the good stuff. Here are my favorite benefits of lavender essential oil and if I missed your favorite, please comment below so we can add it to the list!

  • Reduces stress and anxiety- lavender has long been known for its relaxation properties which is probably the #1 reason why I love it. One little sniff and whatever stress I have starts to dissipate.
  • Improves sleep- Some studies suggest that lavender essential oil can treat insomnia and improve your sleep quality. My favorite way to use lavender before bed is a warm bath with a bubbling bath bomb and the warm flicker from my favorite lavender candle. 
  • Clears up acne- even as an adult I sometimes get a flare up on my face, my back and one other area that I will leave up to your imagination. Lavender is antimicrobial and antibacterial so it really helps to clear up any current problems and prevents new ones from occurring.
  • Relieves itchy skin- lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory therefore it helps to reduce itchy and irritated skin. Great for bug bites! Becuase of these benefits you can also use lavender to help with dandruff. You could add a few drops to your conditioner but I like to make an at home hair mask.
    • Combine a couple tablespoons of olive oil or melted coconut oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil (10-15 drops). Microwave for about 10 seconds  so the oil can be easily applied to the scalp but isn't too hot to handle. Massage the oil into your scalp and cover up with a shower cap. I like to leave mine sit for about an hour before rinsing out. It's not a one time fix so it may take several "spa nights" to start seeing results.
  • Prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth- even if you don't have dandruff you can use the above hair mask as a deep conditioning treatment that will add shine and promote hair growth.

I hope you found these tips interesting and maybe you learned a few things about lavender! If I'm having a bad day or need to unwind and wine just isn't doing the trick, I will sneak into my soap studio, grab a bottle of lavender essential oil, and take a deep breath. Inhaling the relaxing scent and exhaling all the negative thoughts from the day.

With love and bubbles,

Caitlin