Things you can do with Lavender Essential Oil. September 17, 2015 03:02 1 Comment
Things you can do with lavender oil!
At Bee in Bloom, our lavender essential oil is extracted from our plants through the process of steam distillation. The steam carries the oils out of the plant and up into a copper coiled condensing tube. The tube is surrounded by cool water which separates the condensed water containing water soluble plant materials (hydrosol) and the oil. The oil of course is less dense than the water so it can be separated from the hydrosol using a glass funnel separator. The oil is then stored in dark glass bottles to keep it from too much exposure to light. The oil is usable immediately for a variety of useful purposes which I will tell you all about! The fragrance of the oil continues to get better for up to six months and then has reached its full fragrance potential. We grow five varieties of lavender on our farm, but they are separated into two main groups: lavandula angustifolia, and lavandula x intermedia. They have a slightly different fragrance, but both varieties will work for each of the ideas I have listed below.
Useful things you can do with lavender essential oil for your body:
Lavender promotes relaxation and sleep (which combats anxiety and depression). It is a natural anti-inflammatory, a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. It is also a natural antibiotic, detoxifier, insect repellent, and can be used to treat exhaustion, heat exposure, fevers, aches and pains, rashes, sunburn and burns. I usually carry a small vial in my purse.
* Put a drop on the bottoms of a child’s feet who is having trouble sleeping. You can also put a few drops on that child’s favorite stuffed animal.
* Put a few drops on a pillow for the same reason (and it smells good).
* Put a drop on an insect sting to promote healing and ease discomfort.
* Put a drop on a blemish or small cut to promote healing and discourage bacteria naturally.
* Put a few drops on a burn to reduce redness, pain and swelling.
* Put a drop behind each ear to combat motion sickness.
* Put a few drops on your scalp and rub it in to combat dandruff.
* Put a few drops on your hands or in a tissue and breathe it in to reduce anxiety and help eliminate head aches.
Fun and useful things you can do with lavender essential oil around your home:
Opening up a bottle of lavender oil is like being in the middle of the field at full bloom during harvest. If you love the smell of lavender, then you will love using lavender oil around your home. I have a bottle of oil in each bathroom and one in my kitchen.
* Put a few drops on your bed linens when you make the bed in the morning, or at night right before you go to sleep. Not only does it smell great, but it helps you get to sleep.
* Put a few drops in your kitchen and bathroom sink drains. It eliminates any unwanted odors and is a natural disinfectant.
* Put a few drops on a rug as a natural room freshener. I also put a few drops in my carpets around the house after vacuuming.
* Put a few drops in your trash cans.
* Put a few drops in stinky sneakers or boots. I use it in the show cubbies in our mudroom.
* Put a few drops in a child’s stinky backpack.
* Put a few drops on the inside of a jacket or sweatshirt.
* Put a few drops on a dog or cat bed.
The uses are really only limited by your creativity! I hope this has given you some ideas of how this amazing essential oil can be used for practical and everyday purposes.