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 other 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 and 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 spitz lightly 2-3 times over your face and let it dry.
- 1oz Amber Glass bottle with Spray Top
- 1 tablespoon of Witch Hazel extract
- 1 tablespoon of Vegetable Glycerin
- 4 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops of Geranium essential oil
Directions: Combine all the ingredients into a 1oz 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 lavender cuticle oil can moisturize the cry and cracked skin surrounding our nails. Use this oil daily on your cuticles after washing and drying hands thoroughly.
- 1oz Amber Glass Bottle with Dropper Top
- 2 tablespoons of Jojoba oil
- 13 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of Lemon essential oil
Directions: Combine noth 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 be helpful in treating acne-prone skin. It works to combat harmful bacteria which helps clear present acne issues while also working to prevent future breakouts. Cleansers containing lavender essential oil unclog pores with gentle cleansing action that reduce inflammation. This will diminish any redness or blotchiness we may experience and make way for a clearer and smoother complexion. The antioxidants in lavender essential oil help protect our skin from the effects of environmental pollutants by detoxing our skin to keep it healthy and smooth.
- 4oz 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
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a 4oz glass amber bottle. Shake well to combine. Wash face before using the toner. Soak a cotton round with the toner and then gently rub it over your face, neck, and shoulders. 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. The moisturizing power of lavender essential oil also balances sebum levels in our skin, providing a boost in skin cell regeneration.
- 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 drop of Tea Tree essential oil
Directions: Combine all the ingredients into a 2oz amber glass bottle with a dropper top. Shake well to combine. 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. Shake well before each use. Store in a cool dark place for extended shelf life.
Lavender Eczema & Psoriasis Treatment
Lavender essential oil has a variety of supportive properties that make it an effective treatment for eczema and other skin issues. It boosts circulation, helping our skin receive all the nutrients it needs more efficiently. This aids our body by speeding up the healing process. Lavender essential oil also has the capability to relieve itching and reduce some symptoms of eczema with its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. By helping add moisture to our skin, it can decongest areas of irritation and inflammation. Lavender essential oil 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 when diffusing or we can massage the diluted oil into our temples
- ½ cup of Shea Butter
- ½ cup of Jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 23 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 17 drops of Geranium essential oil
- 8 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
Directions: 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. 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.
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 and helps to relax the nerves. This can help to reduce the amount of hair that falls out every day and encourage future hair growth. Lavender essential oil 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 you with insomnia, stress, anxiety, and depression, which are all common conditions that contribute to hair loss.
- 2oz 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
Directions: Combine all the ingredients into a 2oz glass bottle. Shake well until fully combined. 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.
Soothing Lavender Sunburn Spray
Lavender essential oil has the ability to reduce inflammation, making it great for reducing sunburn and the irritation that comes along with it. Lavender may also soothe tender skin and provide mild pain relief for, especially bad sunburns. The calming scent of lavender may even help you relax while managing the pain and treatment of an uncomfortable sunburn.
- 8oz Amber Glass Bottle with Spray Top
- ½ cup of Aloe Vera Juice
- ¼ cup of Aloe Vera Oil
- 25 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 15 drops of Chamomile essential oil
- 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Directions: Combine all of the ingredients into an 8oz glass spray bottle. Shake until all ingredients are well combined. Spray onto sunburned skin 2-3 times a day until it is healed. Store spray in the fridge.