There are many ways to use essential oils, from mental health to cleaning and even for physical ailments. Using these potent plant essences in a beauty regimen has been a popular practice for essential oils for thousands of years. Cave paintings have been discovered that suggest plants have been employed for medicinal purposes as early as 18,000 B.C.E. The ancient Egyptians utilized essential oils for cosmetics, primarily to hide body odor, but also to soften the skin. They applied aromatic oils extracted from plants to the skin to cleanse and protect it.
While our skin protects us, it is also very absorbent. Popular commercial beauty products contain chemicals that can enter into our bloodstream through our porous skin and cause us a lot of harm. A lot of these chemicals are even banned in some countries because of the damage they can cause. Using essential oils properly for our beauty regimens provides us with a safe and natural way to make ourselves feel and look our best. Not to mention all of the aromatherapeutic benefits from inhaling the essential oils in our DIY cosmetics, keeping us in high spirits, and diminishing any stress or anxiety.
One of the most popular essential oils in history and still to this day is Lavender. This versatile oil is extremely useful for a lot of our beauty needs.
Below you’ll find ways to use Lavender for beauty with recipes to get you started.
Lavender Makeup Setting Spray
Lavender Essential Oil is used in this makeup setting spray to combat dry skin and works alongside the other ingredients to ensure the hard work we put into our makeup isn't ruined before the day’s end. Just apply all your makeup as usual and then spritz lightly 2-3 times over your face and let it dry.
- 1 oz Amber Glass Bottle with Spray Top
- 1 tbsp of Witch Hazel Extract
- 1 tbsp of Vegetable Glycerin
- 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
Combine all the ingredients into a 1 oz glass spray bottle. Shake well to combine. Store this spray in a cool, dark place.
Lavender Cuticle Oil
We use our hands nonstop and they sure take a beating and our cuticles let us know it! Using this DIY Lavender Cuticle Oil can moisturize the dry and cracked skin surrounding our nails. Apply this oil daily on your cuticles after washing and drying your hands thoroughly.
- 1 oz Amber Glass Bottle with Dropper Top
- 2 tbsp of Jojoba Oil
- 13 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Combine both ingredients into a 1oz bottle with a dropper top. Shake well to combine. Store in a cool, dark area.
Lavender Toner & Acne Treatment
Lavender Essential Oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat acne-prone skin. It combats harmful bacteria which helps clear acne while also helping prevent future breakouts. This clarifying recipe leaves our skin smooth and clear while leaving behind an aroma of relaxation. Wash your face before Soaking a cotton round with the toner and then gently rubbing it over your face, neck, and shoulders.
- 4 oz Amber Glass Bottle
- ½ cup of Witch Hazel Extract
- 10 drops of Vitamin E Oil
- 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients in a 4 oz glass amber bottle. Shake well to combine. Shake well before each use. Store in a cool dark place for extended shelf life.
Lavender Scar & Dark Spot Treatment
Lavender Essential Oil aids in lightening acne scars, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation due to its anti-inflammatory properties on the skin. It further helps by exfoliating away dead skin cells and encouraging new ones to regenerate at a faster rate. This speeds up the fading and healing of scars and dark spots. Wash skin before applying the treatment. Place a few drops of the treatment on your fingertips and gently press into your skin, focusing on areas with scarring or hyper-pigmentation
- 2 oz Amber Glass Bottle with Dropper Top
- ¼ cup of Aloe Vera Oil
- 6 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
Combine all the ingredients into a 2 oz amber glass bottle with a dropper top. Shake well to combine. Shake well before each use. Store in a cool dark place for extended shelf life.
Lavender Eczema & Psoriasis Treatment
Lavender Essential Oil can relieve itching and reduce some symptoms of eczema with its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, decongesting areas of irritation. It can also be used to treat psoriasis by cleansing our skin and reducing redness and irritation. Emotions that trigger psoriasis outbreaks can be alleviated by using Lavender Essential Oil for aromatherapy. We can do this by inhaling the aroma by diffusing or massaging the diluted oil into our temples. Use this DIY cream daily to help relieve symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Wash the affected area thoroughly and then apply a generous amount of this treatment and rub it in.
- ½ cup of Unrefined Shea Butter
- ½ cup of Jojoba Oil
- 1 tbsp of raw honey
- 23 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 17 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
- 8 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Melt the shea butter in a double boiler. Remove it from heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well to combine everything thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a glass or tin container with an airtight lid. Store in a cool, dark place for extended shelf life.
Lavender Scalp Treatment
The amazing topical benefits of Lavender Essential Oil are not only limited to the skin. It can also do wonders for your hair. Lavender increases blood circulation to the scalp helping to reduce the amount of hair that falls out every day and encouraging future hair growth. It reduces irritation and provides moisture, which can combat a dry and itchy scalp and dandruff that may come along with it. Lavender Essential Oil is known very well to help with insomnia, stress, anxiety, and depression, which are all common conditions that contribute to hair loss. Use this treatment before shampooing to hydrate and encourage hair growth. Massage the oil into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes. Shampoo as normal.
- 2 oz Amber Glass Bottle
- ¼ cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 6 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
Combine all the ingredients into a 2 oz glass bottle. Shake well until fully combined. Store in a cool, dark place for extended shelf life.
Soothing Lavender Sunburn Spray
Lavender Essential Oil reduces inflammation, making it great for healing sunburns and the irritation that comes along with them. It may also soothe tender skin and provide mild pain relief for especially bad sunburns. The calming scent of Lavender Essential Oil can help us relax while managing the pain and treatment of an uncomfortable sunburn. Spray this recipe on sunburned skin 2-3 times a day until it is healed.
- 4 oz Amber Glass Bottle with Spray Top
- 4 tbsp of Aloe Vera Juice
- 3 tbsp of Aloe Vera Oil
- 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Combine all of the ingredients into a 4 oz glass spray bottle. Shake until all ingredients are well combined. Store spray in the fridge.