Lavender is a fragrant herb that has been used for centuries in perfumes, soaps, candles, and sachets. However, the fragrant oil of lavender can also be used as an herbal therapy to calm anxiety or promote sleep. The fragrant properties of this plant are obtained from the flowers. While dried lavender may be used as a home remedy, essential oils of lavender should never be taken orally. Uses for lavender around the home allow you to add a natural scent!
As a special needs mom, I love diffusing lavender essential oil with my son. It’s perfect to use when he’s about to have a meltdown or in the evening when he’s too excited for sleep! Overall, it’s a great way to calm our mood before bedtime or unwind from a long day.
The lavender plant is a shrub that grows anywhere from 2 to 4 feet. It has many branches with purple or blue flowers that grow on spikes. The fragrant oil of lavender comes from these flowers, but only the fresh plant will have the most beneficial properties for calming anxiety and promoting sleep.
You can purchase lavender essential oil through your local health food store or Amazon. Always consult with your child’s pediatrician before giving your child any oil or herbal remedy, and keep them out of the reach of children to prevent accidental poisoning.
Here are some ways you can use lavender essential oil in your home:
Fill your sink with warm water and add five drops of the oil. Relax by adding several drops to a warm washcloth and using it as a compress on your temples, or simply put some drops right into the water.
Even a lavender bath is perfect for self-care! Treat yourself to a spa-like experience with a few drops of lavender to your bathwater.
If you need to create a calming atmosphere in the home, diffuse lavender essential oil. Add several drops of oil to water and pour it into your diffuser.
Calming Foot Soak
Fill your bathtub with warm water and add five drops of oil before slipping your feet into the tub. The warmth will help open up pores while the aroma of the oil will help calm your senses.
Mix 2 ounces of lavender oil with 1 ounce of beeswax, then add 10 drops to ¼ cup of cocoa butter. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and store it in a cool, dark place. Apply to your hands as needed for dryness and to help promote sleep.
General household uses
Lavender essential oil has become a popular home remedy for calming anxiety in many people. It can help to calm down anyone feeling frazzled from the day. Apply a few drops behind the ears or along the neckline to help soothe a headache and promote a good night’s sleep.
Lavender for anxiety is the more effective for my household. I use it when my son is about to have a meltdown.
Lavender has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy, effective in promoting restful sleep. Add several drops of oil to your pillow before going to bed at night for a relaxing atmosphere that will help you drift off to sleep.
Lavender is a great smelling herb that has been used for many purposes. There are so many different ways to use this plant in the home, and it can be very beneficial in helping your family to unwind after a long day or calming your child before bedtime.
Place dried lavender in your shoes or closet to keep them smelling fresh. It can also be added in small sachets or tea bags to help your dresser drawers smell fresh.
Use lavender as an air freshener by adding it to cotton balls with lemon oil. Place them in your refrigerator, car, or anywhere else you need to make a fresh-smelling environment.
Lavender diffuser is super easy. When you don’t have an oil diffuser, just use a cotton ball and carry it with you! Quick and easy to use on-the-go!
On the skin
Put lavender on cuts and scrapes to reduce inflammation, pain, and infection. It can also be used topically to help soothe and reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Make homemade lotion by mixing coconut oil with some drops of lavender essential oil. It will help moisturize and soothe dry skin.
Add lavender to your baby’s bathwater for a fresh smell and to calm down infantile eczema and other skin irritations.
Put the oil directly on the skin, or dilute it with an oil like coconut or almond first. Always use caution when applying the oil to sensitive areas such as on cuts, scrapes, and bug bites.
Mix lavender essential oil with beeswax and coconut oil to make candles that will produce a calming aroma while you relax at home or go to bed.
Lavender is an extremely versatile herb that has been used as a natural remedy for hundreds of years. From calming anxiety and soothing skin irritation to making your home smell fresh, this plant has many uses that make it beneficial in the household.
You can diffuse it into the air, apply topically in diluted form, add it to your bathwater, make a salve out of it and so much more.
So there you have it. Lavender is very simple to use. Make sure you are using therapeutic grade lavender for internal use, or at least 100% pure lavender essential oil that hasn’t been cut with an additive. Now you know the many different ways in which lavender can be used to benefit your home and family, and hopefully, you’ll try it out for yourself!