Lavender essential oil has been valued for
centuries for its soothing properties. In old Elizabethan England,
linens would be washed with lavender water so that when they were
stored and later used, they would gently perfume the air with
lavender's soothing scent. However, for our purposes, we'll be
looking at more modern ways to make this ancient herb a part of our
Lavender essential oil has many uses around the household. Unlike
some essential oils, it can be applied directly to the skin without
being diluted in water first. If you have a disperser, placing
lavender oil in it will create a restful, relaxing atmosphere
throughout the room. However, if you don't have a disperser, there
are many other ways of filling your room with the fragrance. Soaking
a cotton ball in lavender essential oil and placing it in a bowl
will do the same thing. Never place the cotton ball directly on
furniture or upholstery, as the essential oils will ruin the finish.
For a simpler, easier way of accessing the healing power of lavender
essential oil, you need only touch your index finger to the oil and
dab it on your wrists and temples. This has several advantages; for
one thing, the scent alone is delightful and soothing. Many people
prefer the scent of lavender above all others. More than that,
however, touching the lavender essential oil directly to your skin
allows it to penetrate directly through the skin and begin working
its magic that much sooner.
Additionally, a wonderful and refreshing body mist can be made by
adding 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil to a medium-sized spray
bottle of water and shaking it well. Use it either as a body spray
or as a room spray.
However you choose to use it, lavender oil is sure to be a welcome
addition to today's too-hurried lifestyle.