I hope after my last blog a couple of weeks ago you decided to start swapping your candles for essential oils and a diffuser (you can find diffusers at Amazon and Target.com). This week I want to focus on other ways to use essential oils. One of my favorite essential oils is lavender. Lavender is the most versatile of the essential oils and known for its relaxing effects on the body. I commonly spray lavender oil at the beginning of my yoga class to cleanse the room and calm my students. Lavender oil can also be used on insect bites, cuts and bruises and and on skin irritations. You are welcome to place a couple of drops of lavender on the palms of your hands and inhale for instant calming effects. But when we blend lavender with a carrier oil or sea salt we can use it on our entire body and transform our bathroom into a spa experience. Or your bedroom into a calming retreat. Carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. Also pink himalayan sea salt or brown sugar can be uses for scrubs.
Stress Relief Bath
- 2 cups Epsom Salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 8 -10 drops of pure lavender oil
Fill a tub with warm water. Add Epsom salts, baking soda and oil. Soak for about 10 minutes. The Epsom salts with help reduce muscle soreness and tension and the lavender oil will help you to relax.
I know what you are going to say, no time for a relaxing bath. Try a scrub instead that you can use in the shower.
Sea Salt Lavender Scrub
- 2 -3 Tablespoons pink Himalayan sea salt
- 2 -3 drops pure lavender oil
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and form a paste. Stand in the shower and massage the scrub into your body. Turn on the shower and rinse off with warm water.
I’ve also swapped eucalyptus oil for the lavender oil!
For a relaxing night’s sleep make your own linen spray.
- Glass spray bottle (the oil will break down plastic, you can find a glass spray bottle on Amazon).
- Distilled water
- 3 – 4 drops pure lavender oil
Add water and oil to spray bottle. Spray on pillows and linens.
Have fun experimenting! Let me know what you try.
Next time we will talk about using essential oils for non-toxic household cleaners.