Lavender essential oil is extracted from lavender plants and is commonly used in a variety of heath and beauty products. It has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and, unlike some of the other essential oils, can be used undiluted because it doesn't usually cause skin irritation. The sweet smelling oil has also been used to provide relief for asthma symptoms, psoriasis, eczema, acne and to soothe cuts, bruises and sore muscles. Because it has a calming scent, it can also be used as a sleep aid. Although lavender essential oil doesn’t require diluting, it is easily diluted with water, or your favorite oils, lotions and creams.

Option 1:

Pour the carrier oil into a dark glass bottle until it’s almost full. Add the lavender essential oil. For an 8 oz. bottle, start with 1 tsp. and then work up to 2 tbsp., if desired. This mixture can be used as a massage oil, a body moisturizer, and it can also be added to your bath. Pro tip: for use in the tub, add the oil (1 oz.) while the water is running so it mixes well.

Option 2:

Fill a spray bottle with water. For an 8 oz. bottle add 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil. This mixture can be used as a room freshener, on your bedding, or anywhere you want to have the scent of lavender.

Option 3:

Add 2 cups of boiling water to a bowl and then add 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Lean in until your nose is 12 inches from the bowl and inhale. Using steam with lavender essential oil may help reduce the discomfort of colds and asthma.

Tip

When mixing lavender essential oils, the strength of your mixture will depend on how you’re planning to use it. For instance, for pain relief and massages, the stronger the better. For relaxation, you may want to use less essential oil.

Warning

Although lavender essential oil is normally safe, even when undiluted, if you have sensitive skin, test the lavender essential oil mixture on a small patch of your skin before more extended use.