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Once upon a time, I wasn’t a big fan of the smell of Lavender. It was too “something” for me…I could never put my finger on what about it I didn’t like. Maybe I thought it was too “old lady” smelling, or something like that. It wasn’t until I was doing a facial on a client and she asked me to add some Lavender essential oil to the facial steamer, that I fell in love with it. The scent of it wafting through the room was so relaxing, and it smelled so nice. I looked at the client, laying there enjoying this part of the facial, cotton on her eyes, classical music coming into the room, warm steam infused with this scent gently caressing her face…it took all my willpower not to push her over and jump on that facial bed and enjoy the steam! Since then, I’ve learned as much as I can about Lavender and the amazing uses it has when it comes to skin care.
Lavender essential oil is one of the only pure oils that can be applied directly to the skin. As powerful as it may be in the effect it has, it’s very gentle on the skin and has no need to be mixed with a carrier oil to dilute it. Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties, so if you have a burn, a rash, or acne that is red and painful, applying a small amount of Lavender oil to the area will help calm the burn, and reduce redness.
Lavender is very calming in so many ways. It can help ease anxiety, it can relax you and help you sleep, it can also help with headaches and muscle aches and pains. For a headache, massage a small amount of Lavender oil onto the forehead and temples, just be careful not to get it in your eyes. Mix a few drops of pure Lavender oil into some massage oil and massage into sore muscles to help them relax.
Make a linen spray with 1/2 cup of distilled water, 1 teaspoon of Witch Hazel, and 5 drops of Lavender oil. Spray your sheets and pillows lightly before you go to bed at night, and the subtle scent will help you sleep. I used to spray Lavender linen spray on my kids’ beds before they went to sleep at night.
The thing I love most about Lavender oil is that fact that it’s a natural antiseptic. It’s great for cuts and bites, and it also produces great results when used to treat acne in skin care. It relaxes the skin, takes away redness, and naturally cleans the area, clearing up blemishes. There are so many ways to use Lavender oil; it’s truly a multi-tasking essential oil, and I love it!
What about you? Love it, or hate it? Have you tried it for headaches, relaxing, muscle aches, or acne? I look forward to your response!
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