Every season has its challenges. Summer and Fall, despite being so many people’s favorites, are no exception. Summertime is full of adventure, but it’s also full of biting insects, sunburns, rashes, and no end of pollen & dust. The change of seasons comes with bright colors, back-to-school excitement, and… germs, even more pollen and dust, and stress.
This series seeks to arm you with essential oils to protect you and your family. So far we’ve covered Helichrysum, essential blend TerraShield, and Basil. This entry will tell you all about the benefits of Lavender. Just one more post on essential oil blend Purity after this!
Lavender Soothes the Skin
It’s no accident that lavender has been used in soaps and creams for ages! The wonderful scent relaxes, and lavender itself feels cool. As a matter of fact, in our last post on basil essential oil benefits, there’s a skin oil/cream recipe that includes lavender too! Be sure to check that out to soothe bug bites, sunburn, and and other skin irritations.
Lavender May Kill Fleas
It’s a topic of debate whether linalool, a primary compound found in lavender, can repel mosquitoes, but isolated linalool has been found to be useful as an insecticide. Unlike a can of bug spray though, lavender is safe for use around the house and around pets. A couple drops in a spray bottle of water or added to shampoo when washing can be enough to help beat bug blues. Not only can your pup or purr friend smell great, but lavender can help protect them (and you!) from biting insects.
Lavender Flavor for Relaxing Herbal Sweetness
If you’ve ever tasted lavender, you know it’s an intense mix of floral, herbal, almost minty, and slightly sweet. When using lavender essential oil in beverages, use 1 drop per 4oz of liquid maximum. Lavender is pretty powerful stuff, and you may find a single drop is enough for a large amount of liquid.
Tip: If you like lavender scent and flavor in your beverage, but you find even 1 whole drop to be a bit overwhelming, rub a clean strip of paper over the top of your essential oil bottle and dip that in your drink.
Your peace of mind is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Keeping yourself grounded and centered during chaotic times can be challenging, so every single step you can take to maintain your calm is a step in the right direction.
Try these out for summer relaxation:
Lavender Infused Water & Fast Lemonade
That’s right. Just plain ol’ water, jazzed up with flower power. It is so important to stay hydrated in the summer when temperatures soar. Stay on your hydration target by making it fun. Add just one drop to your favorite water bottle and give it a strong shake to distribute and infuse your water.
For a recipe you could make in a rush, add a cap full of lemon juice, 1 drop of lavender essential oil, and your favorite sweetener to taste to a bottle of water and give a good shake. Fast, refreshing flavor with the zing of lemon and the soothing floral accent of lavender. For a spin on this, try Lavender Basil Lemonade and swap in basil and lavender essential oils for the dry and raw ingredients.
Kombucha is all the rage for the health benefits associated with fermented foods and beverages. Sub in lavender essential oil for dried lavender so you can have a more intense, and more customized experience. (Plus it saves you from having to do any straining and keeps grit out of your brew!)
Heading into cooler fall weather usually brings to mind pumpkin spice lattes. But lavender is never out of fashion. Try these warm lavender concoctions on chilly fall days:
Lavender Earl Grey
Traditionally, “earl grey” is black tea flavored with bergamot, but it has since grown to mean almost any kind of tea with bergamot! Did you know you could blend your very own lavender earl grey? Using your favorite tea, add just a drop of bergamot essential oil and a drop of lavender essential oil to a full teapot. For a single cup, dab your tea bag on the top of your bottle of bergamot and lavender. It’s just enough oil to give your cuppa a kick, without being overwhelming. You can also dab a drop of lavender and a drop of bergamot on a slip of paper and put it in a canister of loose tea to impart scent and flavor to the whole batch. Let it sit in a cool, dry place for at least a week before using.
Lavender Hot Cocoa
The dark richness of chocolate blended with the light floral bite of lavender is sure to chase chilly weather blues away. Add just a single drop to a batch of cocoa. Before you take that first sip, give it a good stir and breathe deep. Trust me.
Lavender is a must for any home essential oil library. It’s so intensely versatile and so widely loved that you may start to wonder how you ever did without it!