I use essential oils a lot in my life, I use them as my perfume, as a room spray, I use them topically for various ailments, and I even ingest many of them. By far the oil I use the most is lavender oil.
Lavender has so many healing qualities, not to mention that it smells amazing! Lavender is most widely known for it's calming qualities, but it also has a list of medicinal properties that are not as widely known. It is a known anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative.
We had a large plant growing in our yard so I decided to make my own oil for the first time. It is such a simple process, so if you have some lavender growing in your yard I definitely suggest trying this out, as it will save you lots of money.
Simply cut a few branches off maybe three or four, enough to get about a cups worth of greens and flowers (no stems). Place the greens and flowers in a glass jar and pour in your carrier oil so that it completely covers the flowers and greens. The best carrier oils are oils that don't have a lot of smell, so jojoba, almond, and even olive oil will work well. Once the oil is in seal up the jar and put the jar in a warm (not hot) place in your house and let it sit for a week or more if you like more strength in your oil. Strain out the greens and flowers and place the oil in a jar of your choice. It's best to keep out of direct sunlight so that the oil does not get to hot and oxidize.
- Calming- I use diffusers which work really well for aromatherapy purposes. I love the one I have from Aura Cacia, you simply place a few drops of your oil into a cotton pad and slide it into the diffuser and plug in.
- Bites or stings- Place a few drops on the affected area and it will help stop itching and reduce swelling.
- Room spray- Place 20-30 drops of oil into a small spray bottle and add water for an easy room spray that is non toxic.
- Small cuts - place a few drops at the site of the cut to help clean the wound and kill bacteria.
- Dandruff- Place a few drops of oil on your scalp and massage in, or even add a few drops to your conditioner, massage in and let it sit for a while.
- Laundry - place a few drops on a damp wash cloth and add it to your dryer to create a non toxic dryer sheet.
- Burns - place a few drops on the burned skin and massage in.
- Chapped or dry skin - rub a few drops of oil onto the affected area to alleviate the irritation and heal.