January 20, 2016

Pamper Yourself By Using Lavender Essential Oils Topically

Lavender essential oilsAs one of the most commonly used scents by aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is a valuable tool for any relaxation seeker to have on hand.

Lavender is most commonly harvested from the luxurious fields of Southern France, and although it’s common to diffuse lavender into the room after a stressful day at work, you can also use lavender essential oils topically.

Here are a six topical uses for lavender essential oils:


Natural Perfume

Lavender is an alluring scent that’s frequently used in the top-rated perfumes from around the world. If you’re more of the au naturale type, you can evoke the fields of Southern France with a few dabs of lavender essential oils.

If you’ve never tried essential oil as a perfume, it gives you a natural halo of scent. Apply a few drops to your wrist and neck, and soon everyone will be commenting about your healthy glow.


Relaxing Massage

After a stressful day at work, take a cue from reflexology and a give yourself a relaxing massage on key pressure points. If you have a job where you hunch over the computer all day, you might notice tension in your head, neck, and shoulders that can lead to severe headaches.

Apply a small amount lavender oil to your forehead, behind your ears, and under your sinuses. In yoga class, you might have tried yogic breathing, and this practice is a great way to invoke the yoga studio’s healing zen while the lavender essential oils soak into your pressure points.


Sleep Ritual

Developing a nighttime ritual can help signal your body that it’s time to get into sleep mode. Banish your electronic products out of your room at least sixty minutes before bedtime to help your body and brain wind down. Place a small amount of lavender essential oils on your hand and lovingly spread it on your pillow to create a sleep sanctuary.


Hot Compress

A hot compress applied to the back of your neck, your forehead, or your lower back can feel as luxurious as a massage. When you add lavender essential oils to the compress, you’ll be surprised at how close you feel to a spa experience.

Warm up a damp towel and add one or top drops of lavender essential oils. Rest the towel on an area where you feel muscle tension and soak up the heat and calming scent of lavender. Stress be gone!


Dandruff

Dandruff can ruin your clothes and look unsightly. Luckily, you no longer need to fear the dandruff embarrassment. Choose a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or shea butter and add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oils. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it for one to two hours. Rinse off and repeat the process every three days to maintain scalp and skin wellness.


Dry or Chapped Skin

Winter can be a terrible time for dry and chapped skin. You take off your gloves and your hands look like a crocodile’s back. (Not cute.)

If you fall into this category, lavender essential oils can be used in lotions or by itself on your skin. Personally, I love to mix lavender essential oils with a few other scents like rose and tea tree for a fresh scent. Combined with a bit of avocado and shea butter, your hands will stay in tip top shape in no time.


The scent of lavender essential oils is both calming and seductive, which is why it’s great for so many different uses. Whether you want to use it to relax after a long day at work or help your skin and scalp look great, lavender may just be your new best friend.

You may even have a new slogan: Keep Calm and Use Lavender Essential Oils!

Want more inspiration on how to use pure Lavender single oil? Find out how to transform your home into a spa experience with Lavender and a warm bubble bath!

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Kassy Lee

Kassy Lee is a writer and world traveler with a passion for wellness. She loves empowering people to live their most vibrant lives.