A cheat sheet for the natural mama on one of the world’s most popular essential oils…lavender! Lavender essential oil is such a well-known scent and a really approachable oil to start your natural journey with.
In this post we’ll cover the basic science behind lavender essential oil, proper dilution rates, where to buy lavender oil & other natural ingredients, and an amazing resource that has over 400 herbs & essential oil recipes that you can easily make at home.
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Lavender essential oil is a huge staple in our house for every member of the family. It’s one of the few oils that is safe for children, so we tend to go a little crazy with it since we have two girls under two years old (properly diluted, of course!).
Lavender oil is in our daily roll-on blends, the linen spray we use on the girls’ sheets before nap time, we diffuse it, and it’s also in many of our personal care products (lip balm, lotion bars, soaps, etc.).
Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils on the market, and it’s an excellent place to start if you’re new to the whole oil scene. It has a light floral scent that can be mixed with many other essential oils so it’s a basic you should have on hand.
Though gentle, lavender essential oil still needs to be used with care. Dilution rates change depending on what you’re using it for or on (more info on that below).
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL OVERVIEW
- Lavender Latin name: Lavandula angustifolia (most common)
- Plant part: Flower
- Method: Steam distilled
- Smells floral, fresh, and somewhat camphorous
BLENDING LAVENDER WITH OTHER ESSENTIAL OILS:
- Combines beautifully with citrus (all), cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, neroli, rose, rosemary, and more
BENEFITS OF LAVENDER Essential Oil:
- Antiseptic, encourages skin cell regrowth, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-depressant, sedative, muscular relaxant
- Translation: Calms stress, great for skin care, great for cleaning (home and body)
USES FOR LAVENDER Essential Oil:
- Cuts, burns, eczema, insect bites, headaches, insomnia, arthritis, anxiety, rashes, muscle aches, acne, and more
Lavender Essential Oil & natural mama safety:
- Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used safely on children
- 0.25% dilution for 3 months to 2 years
- 1% dilution for 2 years to 6 years
- 1.5% dilution for 6 years to 15 years
- Lavender essential oil can be used during pregnancy, but keep it to 2nd and 3rd trimesters only
- 1% dilution
- Lavender oil can be used if nursing (on parts of your body that will not transfer to baby)
- 1% dilution
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Essential Oil DILUTION BASICS
SO WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY MEAN TO DILUTE?
Diluting anything means that you are lowering the concentration of a liquid by adding another liquid to it so that it is thinner/weaker than when by itself.
As an example, a 1% essential oil dilution on children 2 to 6 years old would measure out to be 3 drops of EO in a 10mL bottle of carrier oil (the most popular roller size). A little goes a long way, and diluting does not decrease the effectiveness of an essential oil.
Essential oils must be diluted to be used safely and comfortably on the skin. A typical healthy adult can use a 2% dilution on the daily…that small number speaks volumes about the strength and power of one little drop of oil.
It’s real, legit medicine straight from nature.
By diluting an essential oil, you are spreading the molecules out so that they can be absorbed into the skin safely and easily (thus allowing them to get into your bloodstream and do some cool science).
WHAT DO YOU DILUTE ESSENTIAL OILS WITH?
Essential oils can be added to mannnnyyyy different types of base recipes to create personal care products such as lip balm, soap, lotion bars, facial serums, etc.
However, most natural family DIY aromatherapy and essential oil use is done by mixing essential oils with a carrier oil and applying it with a roller bottle.
A carrier oil is a base (usually a vegetable oil) that is used to dilute essential oils and they carry the EO into the skin. Aptly named, yeah? Our favorite five are Apricot Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) is actually a liquid wax extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. This ‘oil’ is not greasy and non-allergenic, safely used around the eyes and on the skin. Incredibly similar to the oil our skin naturally produces so it is quickly and easily absorbed, making it a wonderful carrier for essential oils.
HOW DO YOU Dilute Essential Oils?
How much you dilute not only depends on the age and health of the individual, but also the type of essential oil you are using. Hot oils that warm your skin upon application (such as cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, lemongrass) will have much, much lower dilution rates than a floral oil such as lavender.
There are exceptions to every rule, and essential oils are no different. In certain cases, you can use a higher dilution rate for spot treatments, pains, and other non-daily applications (such as bug bites or burns). Speak to your doctor or aromatherapist for dilution and frequency recommendations for your particular situation.
With the above disclaimers being said, you can use the dilution chart below as a general guideline for many essential oils on a healthy individual after doing a spot test to check for any sensitivities or allergies.
- They have amazing educational resources on their website, several of which are specifically for mommas and kids. *
- Rocky Mountain Oils is NOT an MLM company, which means their prices are lower than other well-known essential oil companies and their employees are treated and paid fairly.
- They have free shipping on all U.S. orders.
- There is a loyalty rewards program, so you get more bang for your buck on future purchases.
- They have a S.A.A.F.E. program that guarantees PURE and NATURAL oils that they test TWICE for authenticity.
- RMO has other natural living products available, such as supplements, diffusers, carrier oils, and more.
- Check out what they have to offer here: https://www.rockymountainoils.com
HERBS & ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES, TUTORIALS, AND RESOURCES
Now that you have the background behind lavender essential oil and are wanting to use it everywhere and on everything (we’re right there with ya!), you may need a little more direction depending on your experience and background.
While the dilution chart above can DEFINITELY get you started with diffusing and basic aromatherapy, the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle is an amazing downloadable package that contains over 400 recipes.
There is SO MUCH the bundle includes that, to be honest, you’re not going to use all of it. However, the price is so dang low that even if you only reference a couple of the eBooks it is still TOTALLY worth the cost.
Here are just a few examples that I think you’ll find value in if you’ve read down this far already:
- Using Essential Oils for Natural Body Care
- How to Make Natural Soap
- Cooking with Herbs and Essential Oils
- Green Cleaning
- DIY Herbal First Aid Kit
- Natural Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum
- The. List. Keeps. Going.
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