Welcome back manly oilers… today I am going to share with you some of my findings around the use of Lavender Essential Oils. Now, this isn’t one that I had planned to do for a number of reasons… firstly, because it doesn’t exactly have the most masculine smell to it and secondly, I didn’t really see any manly uses for it. However, as usual, my mind was changed for me based on the following conversation as I walked into the house the other day (I will keep it short, but you can probably guess where this is going)…
Me: Smells nice in here… did you clean?
Nic (my beautiful wife): No, I have lavender in the diffuser
Me: Well, there you go
Nic: You should really write about Lavender in your little blog
Me: Nope. Not manly enough
Nic: Do some research. Then lists all the things we use it for around the house…
And here we are… A Man Versus Oil review – Benefits of Lavender Essential Oils – how we do and can use them – even occasionally in a manly way!
What is Lavender Oil?
So, when you get asked at your next trivia night, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a member of the mint family that is used mainly for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. It is also farmed extensively for use as essential oils. Lavender Essential Oils are produced via steam distillation.
What do we use it for?
Now as you may be aware, I like to write about realistic uses for my oils and other chemical free processes. Here is a list of the things that my wife uses Lavender essential oils for:
- Help our son sleep: Each night before he goes to bed, Nic was rubbing two drops on Lavender oil into the soles of his feet. I can tell you for sure… Since she has started doing that, he sleeps much better than he ever has.In time howwever, as as he has gotten more used the oils that we have, this has trangressed into a little ‘Sleep Blend’ that he loves – and tells me it is good “because it is a manly smell hey dad!”. We mix:3 drops Lavender
3 drops Frankincense
3 drops Cedarwood
Top up roller bottle with Grapeseed oil.He rubs this on his feet each night and has been sleeping very well ever since.
- Treatment of minor cuts: Mix 4 drops of Lavender oil with a tablespoon of Coconut Oil and rub onto minor cuts and abrasions. It provides a good protective cover and integrates the natural man-moisturising properties of the Lavender. If you are after some extra anti-bacterial work here, add some Tea Tree or Lemongrass (or even Ylang Ylang if you are after a gentler mix)
- In the diffuser: Lavender has a calming effect and is highly recommended as a stress reliever. I am a naturally stressful person and I have to say that I have noticed my own sleep patterns are better when this is on… Plus, it really does smell ok.
- Dandruff control: Mix it with Jojoba or Coconut oil in a 1 drop per tablespoon ratio (or more if needed) and massage into the scalp to moisturise the hair and control dandruff. I have tested this over the last couple of days and it actually does seem to work.
What can we men use it for?
Ok, there also appears to be some other fairly decent uses for Lavender Oil in the world of men:
- Lavender Essential oils are really really good for all things hair. I have read in a number of places that an equal part mixture of Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary and Cedarwood essential oils with a carrier oil actually promotes hair growth and baldness prevention – I have not tried this and cannot vouch for its effectiveness but where there’s smoke…
Note: This little formula is also promoted as a controller of head lice – something I will no doubt get to test as the little one continues his schooling life.
- As mentioned above, Lavender is an extremely powerful calming agent. It is discussed as being useful in many different use categories due to these properties as it assists with whatever the ailment is at the time. It can be diffused on its own to assist with sleep or to reduce stress and also for a cold or illness. Obviously it will not actually cure the illness but it is good at calming the body to allow it to deal with whatever ailment it is currently suffering from.
- Mix 4 drops to a teaspoon of Lavender and Coconut oil to sooth sunburn. It is also used often as a cooling treatment of eczema and other rashes caused by exposure to other chemicals and food types.
- Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 15 drops of Lavender oil to a hot bath to relax and unwind after a long hard day being manly.
Manly Lavender Recipes
In the interests of taking full advantage of the benefits of Lavender Essential oils that have been listed above, here are some recipes that can be used in your everyday manly world:
As outlined in my post in regards to essential oils and a hangover, try this one:
- 2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil
- Rubbed onto the temples, forehead, behind the ears, kidneys and wrists
- 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 1 tablespoon of coconut or jojoba oil
- Apply to affected part of the skin a couple of times a day
Man-Cold Diffuser Recipe
Got a bad man-cold? Try this:
- 3 drops Valor
- 2 drops R.C.
- 2 drops Lavender
- Add to the diffuser twice daily
I used this one when I travelled last year – worked a treat!
- 10 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Cedarwood
- Top up with Grapeseed oil (or 10 ml if not in a glass roller bottle)
What are the risks?
Lavender Essential Oils are one of the safest oils on the market however when using please be aware of the following:
- Do NOT let children digest Lavender Essential Oils.
- If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
- May cause discomfort if exposed to eyes or mucous membranes.
- If adding to your hair, be aware that Lavender essential oil can pull the colour from dyed hair.
Where can I get it?
Most Essential Oil manufacturers count Lavender Essential Oils as one of their staple products. As always, please
ensure that you are purchasing authentic and natural essential oils and not cheaper synthetic versions. Lavender perfume oils will smell ok but will not provide any of the other benefits listed here.
I personally choose to use Young Living Essential Oils.
So there you have it, I am a Lavender convert and would highly recommend it for every household. The smell is not as manly as some however the uses both for the family and in the lives of man are ones that I have personally seen work.
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