Lavender Beauty Recipes – DIY Lavender Bath Soaks, Floral Waters, and More
Lavender is one of the most popular ingredients found in beauty products. It is great to use to cleanse the skin, soothe and treat skin irritations and has been scientifically proven to help calm the mind.
Lavender oil makes a great beauty staple and has several uses from calming insect bites and skin inflammation and creating a soothing bath. Lavender is originated from the Latin word lavare which means “to wash.” Lavender is often found in bath gels, body wash, body scrubs, and soap.
Due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities, it is great for cleansing the skin.
Store your lavender oil in a cool, dark place. It should last from a year to 18 months. If you’re lucky enough to have an herb and flower garden, you can use fresh lavender in your bath or for floral infusions.
1. Beauty Sleep – For a soothing bath that can get you ready for a restful sleep (and we all need our beauty sleep) add a tablespoon of lavender flowers to a warm bath. You can also add a few rose petals if you have them, or a couple of drops of rose oil.
2. Add a tablespoon of lavender flowers or a few drops of lavender essential oil to a warm bath. For softening and an even more enjoyable aroma, you can add rose petals or 1 – 2 drops of rose oil.
3. Lavender Bath Soak – Combine 1/2 cup of Dead Sea salts with 1/2 cup Epsom Salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Add to a warm bath. Step inside and then swirl in 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil.
4. Aroma Alert – Take this bath on mornings when you need emotional and mental clarity.
Add 10 drops of lavender oil with 10 drops of lemon oil. Lemon oil helps increase alertness, getting you ready for the day and the lavender will help you emotionally meet the tasks and challenges ahead.
5. Lavender Arom-Ah Therapy Steam – You can purchase unscented shower gel base or unscented organic body wash from a bath and a body supply store and add a few drops of lavender oil to it.
The steam from the shower will help you inhale the essential oil. You can also add chamomile, tangerine or rose oil to the mix for a super-soothing shower.
6. Lavender Floral Water – In a spray bottle combine one cup of distilled water with 1 ounce of lavender oil. Spray on skin to soften and calm the senses or use on a cotton pad to dab onto the skin.
7. You can also add 5 – 8 drops of essential oils to lavender, such as rose, chamomile or geranium, depending on your mood or preference, to distilled water as an even more delightful floral water.
8. Use lavender as a soothing ingredient for a facial steam. Learn more about how to do an aromatherapy facial steam.
9. Deodorant – Apply a drop or two of lavender oil under each arm to eliminate odor.
10. Have a minor sunburn? It’s also one of the rare essential oils that you can apply directly to the skin. Blend lavender with aloe vera gel to soothe sunburn and minor skin burns.
11. Moisturizing Hand Lotion for Dry Skin
This DIY lotion is good for dry and aging skin.
- 4 drops clary sage essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops of jasmine absolute or rose oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
Mix the essential oils and shea butter in a small bowl using a plastic spatula or non-metal utensil. The jasmine and rose oils are to add a nice fragrance. You can use your favorite oil instead.
Store in an air-tight glass container and use within a month.
12. Natural Perfume – Instead of using synthetic fragrances and perfumes, mix lavender oil with other fragrant oils to make your own custom blend. Some oils to try: jasmine absolute, rose absolute or orange blossom oil.