Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils, known for it’s distinctive (and delicious!) floral scent. As far as essential oils go, lavender is one of the most well recognised, with many people loving both the sweet fragrance along with the powerful health benefits that lavender can bring.

Most people identify lavender oil as a calming and therapeutic oil that can assist with better sleep, soothing anxiety, pain relief and even as a key ingredient for homemade beauty treatments.

There are many different ways to explore the benefits of lavender oil, but today we’re exploring a few of the more creative ways you can put this multi-purpose oil to use in your everyday routine!

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING

Do you have young children in your household and don’t want to expose them to harsh chemicals or bacteria on the floor and other surfaces? Lavender is a natural disinfectant and has amazing antiviral and antibacterial properties. Just add a few drops of lavender oil into your normal cleaning routine – giving you an amazing fragrant house as a bonus!

ACNE SERUM

Lavender oil naturally fights redness and helps the skin heal after a major acne breakout. Add a couple of drops of lavender oil, along with frankincense, cedarwood, and chamomile, to a bottle of your chosen carrier oil like jojoba oil or coconut oil. This will create a great soothing treatment which is completely natural, with noticeable changes to your skin after consistent use.

OATMEAL SCRUB

Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil along with a dash of water to create an excellent natural scrub for beautiful skin! Use just a little each day and your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom in no time. You can use just about any DoTerra essential oil, but lavender is a great choice for problem skin.

ALLEVIATING EAR PAIN

If you struggle with occasional ear pain or ear aches, lavender could just be your new best friend! Warm the lavender oil lightly being careful not to scald it, and mix it with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. Massage the blended oil around the ears (not in the ears) and near the glands in the throat to assist with pain relief.

BAKE LIKE THE BEST

Lavender is a great addition to lemon lavender cookies, lavender cakes, cupcakes, sugar cookies and more. Using lavender oil as a substitute for vanilla makes a delicious twist in icings, custards, creams, honey, or even maple syrup. You can even use lavender oil in some healthy dessert recipes to add depth of flavour and a delicious floral note.

STRESS RELIEF

Lavender is a calmative, so it is very good for stress, anxiety and sleep. Simply put 2-3 drops on your foot or neck at night and you will be amazed by the difference it can make!

If you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious at work or social situations during the day, simply dab some lavender oil on your wrists – then inhale the scent when you need to calm yourself down. Lavender oil is long-lasting when applied topically, so a couple of drops in the morning will help you feel calm and relaxed all day long.

Well, there it is! There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of ways to use lavender oil – but these are a few of our creative favourites. Start exploring the amazing benefits of lavender oil for yourself today.

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