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Soothing Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil has been valued for centuries for its soothing properties. In old Elizabethan England, linens would be washed with lavender water so that when they were stored and later used, they would gently perfume the air with lavender's soothing scent. However, for our purposes, we'll be looking at more modern ways to make this ancient herb a part of our lives.

Lavender essential oil has many uses around the household. Unlike some essential oils, it can be applied directly to the skin without being diluted in water first. If you have a disperser, placing lavender oil in it will create a restful, relaxing atmosphere throughout the room. However, if you don't have a disperser, there are many other ways of filling your room with the fragrance. Soaking a cotton ball in lavender essential oil and placing it in a bowl will do the same thing. Never place the cotton ball directly on furniture or upholstery, as the essential oils will ruin the finish.

For a simpler, easier way of accessing the healing power of lavender essential oil, you need only touch your index finger to the oil and dab it on your wrists and temples. This has several advantages; for one thing, the scent alone is delightful and soothing. Many people prefer the scent of lavender above all others. More than that, however, touching the lavender essential oil directly to your skin allows it to penetrate directly through the skin and begin working its magic that much sooner.

Additionally, a wonderful and refreshing body mist can be made by adding 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil to a medium-sized spray bottle of water and shaking it well. Use it either as a body spray or as a room spray.

However you choose to use it, lavender oil is sure to be a welcome addition to today's too-hurried lifestyle.

Guide to Essential Oils 2018