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Three Cool Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil

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If you have just bought an essential oil kit, then it is very likely that you have a vial of lavender essential oil. This is one of the most popular of all essential oils because it has so many uses. The oil is incredibly fragrant, much more so than what you would get if you took dried lavender buds and placed them in a container. So, now that you have this kit with essential oils, here are three cool things you can do with it.

Make Olive Oil Cold Press Soap With Lavender

If you like the look of those handcrafted soaps that you see in gourmet grocery stores and beauty salons, and would like to make your own, then now is your chance. You only need four ingredients to make the soap. You will need olive oil, distilled water (distilled has no minerals, which is important when making soap), lye (a caustic chemical called sodium hydroxide), and the lavender oil.

You can find recipes online, but the most important thing to remember is that you need to be careful when mixing the lye and water. Lye will burn skin and eyes, so be careful when working with it.

The basic method is as follows: lye and water are mixed and left to cool down. Then olive oil is added. You blend the two using a hand blender until it forms a trace. At this point you add in the lavender essential oil. Then you pour the soap into molds. The soap will need to cure for many weeks before use. The key is making sure the oil/water/lye ratio is correct. You can use a soap calculator to figure this out. When it comes to adding lavender, you can add more than is recommended if you want a really intense aroma.

Make A Lavender Scented Body Oil To Use On Your Significant Other

Lavender is a very relaxing aroma, but it is also intense. So, you don't want to use straight lavender on another person's body. So, if your girlfriend is tired from being on her feet all day, or has a sore back from being at a desk for hours at a time, you can mix lavender with a carrier oil (a neutral oil such as mineral oil, or even a lightly scented one such as coconut or sweet almond) and give her a back massage.

Diffuse Lavender Into The Air

The smell of lavender is very relaxing, and if you want it to permeate the air, the best way to do this is to get a diffuser. You add lavender oil to water and it mists it into the air. It is much healthier than some synthetic chemical spray that is designed to mimic the real lavender. Just go with the real thing.