12 Reasons We Love Lavender

It’s no secret we’re obsessed with essential oils at the Fillman camp and lavender is near the top of our love list. We easily go through a bottle a month. It’s the first oil I ran out of and almost had a panic attack. True story. Since it’s a family favorite, I thought I’d share the top ways we use it to give you some inspiration or ideas to try in your own home!

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  1. To promote sleep. We love to diffuse with frankincense and orange at night. Hello to dreamland! I will sometimes also take a drop in my hands with 1-2 drops of coconut oil and rub on my kid’s hands & feet if they are particularly rambunctious before bedtime. There’s something about that physical touch, the mini massage and the lavender that ensures no trips out of bed. Amen, mommas?
  2. Hair detangler. Combine 1 cup distilled water, 2 tbsp fractionated (liquid) coconut oil and 3 drops lavender and spritz on hair for a natural detangler. This so comes in handy after our daughter has been hardcore playing and her curls turn into a birds nest.
  3. No more puffy eyes. Add 10 drops to a roller bottle, top with jojoba oil and roll on puffy eyes each morning. You’ll thank me later.
  4. For ooh-lah-lah lashes. Adding a drop to your mascara tube will not only promote longer lashes, it will also stretch the life of your mascara. Score!
  5. Relieve tension. Combine 15 drops lavender + 15 drops peppermint in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and rub on the back of the neck to relieve tension, or after one too many glasses of wine 😉
  6. For mermaid hair. Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner to promote hair growth.
  7. Relieve burned/sunburned skin. I made an After-Sun Spray with aloe vera gel, witch hazel, lavender & peppermint essential oils for those days when we’ve been out in the sun too long. It works perfectly to soothe skin while providing a cooling effect.
  8. To freshen laundry. Add a few drops to dryer balls to freshen laundry or add a drop to your kid’s pajamas and pop them in the dryer for a few minutes before bedtime.
  9. Room refresher spray. In a 2 oz spray bottle, add 15 drops, a splash of witch hazel and distilled water and spray on linens, pillows and curtains to have your home smelling like a lavender field.
  10. Soften cuticles. Lavender is great for promoting healthy nails so I love to rub it directly onto my nail beds.
  11. For seasonal support. I can’t tell you how often we diffuse lavender with lemon and peppermint (about 3 drops each) during seasonal changes. I also keep this combo in several roller bottles around the house – 10-15 drops of each and fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil.
  12. In tea for respiratory support. Lavender and lemon combined with hot water and honey, to taste, is perfect for soothing sore throats!

Do you have a favorite use for lavender? I’d love to know!

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