Lavender Application Ideas
Lavender essential oil can be applied directly on your skin from the bottle. This way works great for insect bites. This also works well for bruises, sprains, rashes, shingles, or painful joints.
Place a few of drops of lavender essential oil directly to the bottoms of your feet. The feet have large pores and absorb fast. Other areas that work well is behind the ears, on the wrist, and the solar plexus.
Apply lavender essential oil to the base of the skull and across the forehead for headaches. When I feel a flu or shingles coming on, I like to put lavender and tea tree down my spine. This seems to help boost the immune system.
A quick nurturing and easy way to apply lavender is to pour your lotion, aloe, or carrier oil in your hand, add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to it and apply it to your skin. This is nice way to apply lavender for stress and to help you relax and get a good night's sleep. Facial saunas or steam inhalations are good ways to cleanse the face and open clogged pores or revitalize the skin. This is also good for colds, bronchitis, flu and sinus infections. Heat some water and place it in a bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil and immediately drape a towel over your head to form a tent over the bowl. Close your eyes and lean over the water. Breath in the steam for about 5 minutes. After rinse your face with cool water to close the pores. Do this once or twice a week for a deep cleaning facial treatment. Do 2 or 3 times a day for respiratory problems.
For a massage, mix essential oil in a carrier oil or lotion for a whole body or foot massage. This helps just about everything. Add 8 to 10 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of massage oil for a whole body massage. You can use 15 to 20 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil for a more intensive massage to a small area of discomfort.
Some good reflexology points are the feet, hands and ears. Rub these areas with oil or lotion that has essential oils added to it. You get the health benefits of the oil and the massage. You could add 15 drops of essential oil to one teaspoon of jojoba or other oil. Let the oil soak in about 10 minutes. Be careful when you stand up so you don't slip. Pay extra attention to the sore areas.
Baths are a relaxing way to use essential oil. Just add about 6 to 10 drops of essential oil directly to the bath water or mix it with about 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Mix it with your hand, get in the tub and relax. This way is nice when you feel like you are coming down with something, or for a sunburn. I like this for stress relief or for a little pampering. Everyone deserve to be pampered once in awhile.
Foot baths or foot soaks are another way to use essential oils. Put about 6 drops of essential oil and warm water in a container big enough to soak your feet in. Soak your feet for about 10 minutes or however long you want. This is very soothing and a good way to help aching feet after you are on them all day. Foot soaks will also help athlete's feet, swollen ankles, inflamed or infected toenails, varicose veins, colds and stress. Don't forget to grab a towel so you have it to wipe your feet.
Place a couple of drops of essential oil on you washcloth or shower gel before using it for washing your body.
Mist sprays are essential oils in a spray bottle. They can be as simple as taking a small spray bottle with distilled water and adding 5 to 10 drops of your essential oil in it. Shake well and spray your body or the air. This is a nice way to apply lavender essential oil to a sunburn. I put the amount of essential oil in according to what I'll be using it for and what types of oil I'm using. I refrain from using orange essential oil in a mist bottle because it is colored and may leave a stain if it gets on cloth. Lavender is clear and won't show on material.
This is just a few ideas on how to use essential oil. Hope you enjoy trying them and coming up with some of your own. It really can be fun. :)