02 August 2018

The Soothing Properties of Lavender

I’ve told you before about how you can rescue your mascara with Lavender, but today I have more Lavender uses for you.

We spent the weekend camping in Prince Edward County, and on Friday morning we went to tour some of the wineries and breweries in Wellington. I had heard it was also Lavender season so I asked Tyler if we could stop in at Prince Edward County Lavender. Of course he said yes! He is such a good sport about visiting local hot spots with me! He even took a few photos! (Forgive the photos, it was very HOT and I was very disheveled. I also discovered that raw lavender rubbing against my leg causes severe hives!!!)

Lavender has so many amazing properties... it is calming, anti-inflammatory and a disinfectant. It also smells AMAZING. All of these properties make it a SUPER flower, and basically mean you can use it for just about anything. It’s one of my favourite scents and the most-used essential oil (besides Tea Tree/ Maleleuca) in my kit.

I’ve shared before that I extend the life of my mascara tubes with a few drops of lavender essential oil. It disinfects and thins out old, dried mascara and gives you a few extra weeks of wear.Which is SO nice when it costs $40 per tube of Beautycounter mascara! You can read that post here

Here are a few of my other favourites uses for lavender and lavender essential oil. Keep reading for a list of my favourite essential oil brands. It’s really important to buy high quality essential oils!

1. Diffuse it to help you sleep.
Lavender is calming and can put your mind at ease. I use it in my yoga classes to help release tension and let my clients fall into a deeper, more focused practice. At home we have a diffuser in our bedroom and one in my yoga room. Almost every evening I diffuse lavender oil to help slow my mind and prepare it for a restful sleep.

2. Add it to your shampoo.
Did you know Lavender can help fight dandruff? It’s an anti-inflammatory, disinfectant and anti-fungal. All 3 properties battle dandruff. So if you don’t want to buy Head and Shoulders, which you shouldn't because it is ick, just add a few drops of Lavender to your favourite shampoo and say goodbye to dandruff (and other scaly, dry patches on your scalp!) in just a few washes. I burnt my scalp a few weeks ago after too many hours in the sun without a hat - ouch! - and I added lavender oil to my shampoo and in a few days the burn was gone and it didn't even peel.

3. It’s great for BO.
Lavender-scented natural deodorants happen to be the only deodorants that work for me. I feel like I am a heavy sweater, and that can cause for some pretty stinky situations especially in this Toronto heat wave — which is actually more steady heat than a wave, per say. So I have been using Native’s Lavender Rose deodorant to help keep me from smelling like I spent the afternoon in a garbage bin.

4. It calms your skin.
One of my favourite toners is a calming toner containing lavender. It is also made in Canada. Surprise surprise, it's from my favourite brand Rocky Mountain Soap Co. I have become such a big follower of this brand and nearly all of my products at the moment are Beautycounter or RMSCo. Their Calming Toner with lavender and arnica is great for sensitive and acne-prone skin. It reduced redness and swelling while restoring skin to its natural pH. It also smells amazing. I use it morning and night - and sometimes midday :)

5. You can cook with it!
One of my favourite recipes is this Blueberry Lavender Jam. But I have had so many amazing cocktails and sweets that contain lavender. Using lavender buds (which you can grow yourself or purchase at a local farm) or food-grade lavender essential oil, you can enjoy the essence of lavender even in your food!

I mentioned earlier how important it is to buy a good quality essential oil. And just because it is labelled "organic" doesn't mean it's of the best quality. Lavender essential oil is often labeled as "lavender oil" when it is not in its purest state. Ensure the bottle clearly states "essential oil" and use price as an indicator. If it is priced low, it is likely to be a poor quality oil.What part of the plant/flower the oil is distilled from and how it is distilled is important and there are THOUSANDS of varieties of lavender (which we learned at PEC Lavender this weekend!) so shopping for an essential oil can get difficult. To make it easier, a few of my favourite brands are Aura Cacia, Divine Essence and DoTerra.

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