Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)Lavender is fantastic for stress relief and anxiety, particularly when inhaled or massaged into skin. It can also soothe skin irritations, bug bites, minor burns and minor allergic reactions on the skin. I love lavender so much that I also use a drop or two to scent my homemade all-purpose cleaner because it makes my house smell so nice.
- Kids’ sleepy spray: Ever since my boys were babies, I’ve been using lavender in their rooms to help them sleep. As infants, I’d put a washcloth with a couple of drops of lavender oil on a table next to the crib so the scent would waft around the room. Now that they’re bigger, I use a linen spray with half a cup of water, a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of lavender oil, then I spritz their pillows and sheets lightly while they get ready for bed. They love the way it smells, and it seems to help them calm down enough to sleep. I noticed with the doTERRA oil, I only needed a couple of drops in my spray, as opposed to the half dozen drops I normally put in of another brand.
- Bug bite soother: My oldest son is a bug magnet ― he gets little bug bites all the time, no matter what manner of bug repellent we put on him. For some particularly itchy mosquito bites he had, I rubbed a single drop of lavender oil over them. He said the itches went away, and he did stop scratching, which helped the swelling go down. Win!
- Burn salve: I burned my hand making dinner one night, so I tried a mixture of about half a teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with 2 drops lavender, and I applied it to the burn. While the salve was soothing, it didn’t seem to help much more than running the burn under cold water. Lavender oil in coconut oil would make a great, relaxing massage oil though.