Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is probably the most famous essential oil for relaxation and soothing nerves . . . if not the most famous essential oil hands down!
That’s because it’s gentle and so good for a wide range of issues.
Emotionally, it’s good for “calming the mind, comforting feelings and alleviating fears, while it is uplifting and revives the spirits.” (That’s from Salvatore Battaglia’s excellent book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy.)
Below, I’ll share some of the many applications of Lavender essential oil, including when to use it and then some specific recipes that you can use in your Aromatherapy blends.
1. Help kids keep calm and collected with Lavender.
Lavender may be powerful, but it’s also very gentle, and it’s one of the oils I trust the most in blends for children.
Here’s an Aromatherapy inhaler recipe for kids (over five years old) who experience anxiety.
- 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
- 2 drops Tangerine (Citrus tangerina)
Want a version for grown-ups?
- 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 6 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
- 6 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
2. Lavender keeps everything smelling fresh.
The word “lavender” comes from the Latin word “lavare,” which means “to wash.” That’s because, in Ancient Rome, it was used to help freshen laundry.
Lavender’s scent is strong yet soothing. How strong? Well, strong enough to sweeten laundry way back when! And I’m about to share a recipe for a bathroom spray, which has to have a strong sweet scent.
- 1 oz (30 ml) water
- 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 5 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Here’s a tip: Try this spray on your shower curtain and towels, so when you step into and out of the shower or wrap yourself up in a towel, you get a whiff of the aroma!
3. Lavender keeps sore muscles feeling fresh, too!
Lavender can support our wellness and can help with a variety of issues, including muscle pain and inflammation.
If you want to use Lavender in massage oil blend to ease tight muscles, here is a recipe I love!
- 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil (This is olive oil infused with three healing herbs: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula.)
- 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 4 drops Ho Wood (Cinnamomum camphora ct. linalol)
- 5 drops Bergamot Mint (Mentha citrata)
- 5 drops Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Make your blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. Massage sore areas several times a day at the onset of pain. Continue until symptoms are eased.
4. Lavender loves the skin!
It’s nourishing to most skin types, is soothing to bites, burns, scrapes, and bruises, and eases irritation, such as rashes. It is antiseptic, can help calm infection, and it has some antifungal properties. It helps to reduce scars and inflammation and promotes healthy skin.
It goes without saying that if you like Lavender, it’s a great choice for body butter and body oils. Shea butter and coconut oil are popular carriers, but there are a host of less common carrier oils and butter that have amazing skin nourishing properties that pair well with Lavender, too.
Here’s a recipe for body butter with some unique carriers (and qualities!).
- 1 oz (28 gm) Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) – Increase skin’s hydration and elastic properties
- 1 oz (28 gm) baobab oil (Adansonia digitata) – Reduce scars and help cells regenerate
- 2 oz (56 gm) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao) – Full of antioxidants, excellent for mature skin
- 1 oz (28 gm) marula oil (Sclerocarya birrea) – Promote health of skin cell membranes
- 1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax (Cera Alba) – Softens skin, offers antioxidants
- 60 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – good for sore muscles, keeping you centered and focused (plus all the other benefits listed above!)
Each of these carriers has more therapeutic properties than I was able to list here, so I only highlighted a few. For example, they all soothe irritation, moisturize, and they’re all great for even sensitive skin.
The scent of this blend is like chocolate and Lavender—just delicious!