What Do You Use Lavender For? #FBLAVENDER

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Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil with a Glass DropperI am just getting into using essential oils so when I saw that First Botany Cosmeceuticals was looking for people to try out their Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil, for free, I was excited.

It arrived quickly, and was packaged very well.  It came with a regular cap, as well as a dropper cap. As soon as I sniffed the open bottle it reminded me of my mother-in-law. She loves lavender and is always burning lavender scented candles.  I didn’t really know there was different types of lavender, so I did a little research.

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I learned that Bulgarian Lavender essential oil has a very rich yet mellow floral and fruity scent. This variety is grown in Bulgaria and has a stronger and more assertive scent. This variety is often used in perfumery. It is said that Bulgarian Lavender’s scent is the closest to that of fresh lavender. French Lavender  essential oil has a sweet floral note that is almost fruity smelling. French lavender is a popular choice among aromatherapist.  There are also many other types of Lavender available.

I don’t have any other types of Lavender to compare this Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil to, so I can’t compare the scent to them. I will say this essential oil has a strong lavender scent,  but it also smells somewhat medicinal, it is not a bad smell, just not exactly what I was expecting.  I put a drop on a sheet of paper and it left an oil stain.

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I put a drop on my pointer finger and rubbed it together with my thumb and my fingers were left slightly greasy.

The only ingredient listed in this oil is: 100% Pure Lavandula Angustifolia, steam distilled.

I took a bath and added some lavender oil to the running water and the room smelled wonderful. I had a migraine and was worried that the strong scent would make it worse, but it did help me relax, which helped the migraine to dissipate. After the bath my skin felt soft, but it wasn’t greasy.

Here are some other uses I have found for Lavender Oil:

  • Rub some on your palms and then use the inhalation method to draw in the scent to calm your mind.
  • Rub some Lavender Oil on your palms and then smooth across your pillow to help you sleep.
  • It can reduce the itching and swelling associated with insect bites and bee stings.
  • Dropper with Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil Bottle First Botany CosmeceuticalsLavender Oil can treat burns. After you have cooled the area by immersing it in running cold water for 5 minutes, gently stroke on neat lavender oil. Pain relief is almost immediate, and burn usually heals without scarring.
  • Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
  • Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a carrier oil  and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
  • To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil behind the ears or around the navel.
  • A few drops of Lavender Oil on the scalp can help eliminate dandruff
  • Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
  • Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension of aching muscles.
  • You can add lavender oil to your facial cleanser or moisturizer to help treat acne. Lavender inhibits the bacteria that can cause skin infections, helps rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which bacteria thrive on. It also reduces scarring.
  • Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapist recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.

 

What is your favorite way to use Lavender?
Do you use it in any other ways?

Disclosure: I received a 4oz bottle of First Botany Cosmeceuticals Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil, for free, in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.


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