Ok...lets talk about Lavender! It's probably the most commonly known essential oil out there.Lavender is calming, soothing and relaxing properties are effective It's skin nourishing so if you ever make a blend to use on the skin that includes oils that may be more irritating, I highly recommend adding Lavender. Aromatics International elaborates on its properties here:
"Lavender has an outstanding balancing and healing effect on the nervous system. Considering that so many illnesses are stress related, Lavender holds a special place in both preventative health care and Lavender in the treatment of tension-related illnesses. It offers a soothing and antispasmodic effect that can assist tight muscles, digestive problems, spasmodic coughs, menstrual cramps, insomnia, and tension headaches. Great for restless leg syndrome.
Lavender's anti-inflammatory, skin-healing properties will help heal burns, bug bites, wounds, bee stings, rashes, acne, and skin irritations or infections. Use a few drops of Lavender in any blend for reducing emotional tension, unwinding physical pain, and for any sudden skin problems."
I also love cleaning with it in the bathrooms combined with Lime. Its a calming scent and kills all the nastiness and is also commonly used before bedtime. Rubbing it on the wrists, temples and/or feet can help calm you mind and body to prepare you for sleep. Diffusing Lavender when the kids are getting crazy is amazing. It is also an oil that is gentle enough to use with them.
Diluting your essential oils is extremely important. I recommend if you are using an oil daily you mix a dilution of 1-2% for most people. Pregnant women, elderly and children under 5 usually require even more dilution.
What are your favorite ways to use Lavender?