100+ Uses and Recipes for Lavender Essential Oil

shutterstock_397041889.jpgLavender essential oil is one of the most versatile of all essential oils. Lavender is widely considered “the universal oil” due to it’s countless and wide-spread uses and benefits. Lavender essential oil can be used in cooking, pest control, first aid, beauty and so much more. We compiled a list of over 100+ uses and recipes for lavender essential oil. Feel free to use the navigation below to jump to your category of interest.

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Hair & Beauty

shutterstock_316361192Dandruff Control: Get those pesky white flakes under control with this easy to follow recipe.

  • Use 3-6 drops of lavender
  • 3-6 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • Mix throughly
  • Massage into the scalp

Control Itchy Scalp: Can’t stop scratching your head? Get instantaneous relief with the super simple recipe below.

  • Use 3-6 drops of lavender
  • 1 tsp. jojoba oil
  • Mix throughly
  • Massage into the scalp

Fragrance: smell great, and enjoy the calming in relaxing benefits apply lavender essential oil to your body.

  • Apply 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your left palm
  • Swirl the oil with your right hand.
  • Apply the lavender oil on the nape of your neck for a lovely long lasting natural fragrance



Bonus Fragrance Recipe: smell great while looking great at the same time with a diffuser necklace.


Eczema Cream
: Stop that red inflamed itchy arm or leg with lavender essential oil and water.shutterstock_263752067

  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup of distilled/filtered water
  • Transfer the water oil blend to a glass spray bottle.
  • Swirl bottle
  • Spray on effected area
  • Repeat as needed

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Chapped Lips: Soothe your dry, cracked lips, and return them to their vibrant glory with just one drop of lavender essential oil.

  • Apply one drop of lavender essential oil to your finger
  • Massage the oil into your lips
  • Repeat as needed

 

 


DIY Baby Wipes
: Dr. Axe has an excellent recipe for creating a chemical free baby wipe with lavender and chamomile essential oils.

 

Bath Bombs: Enjoy all the healing benefits of Lavender Essential Oils with your own bath bombs. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make chemical free healing bath bombs:

Shower Bombs: Rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing shower bomb.

  • 30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 tbs distilled/filtered water
  • Mix together in a glass bowl
  • Set aside 2 cups of baking soda in a glass bowl
  • Slowly add the lavender essential oil and water to the baking soda
  • Mix throughly
  • Compress into two balls
  • Let them sit for 12 hours and enjoy

shutterstock_29458198Sugar/Salt Scrub: Unlock the moisturizing properties of lavender essential oil combined with exfoliation of sugar.  Use epsom salt scrub during summer and sugar scrub during winter to support your skin all year long.

  • Combine 1/2 cup coconut oil,
  • 1/4 cup coarse granulated sugar or epsom salt
  • 1/4 tsp of lavender essential oil
  • Store in a glass container

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Lip Exfoliation: The sugar will offer a gentle exfoliation of the lips and the soothing moisturizing properties of lavender essential oil to heal the lips.

  • Combine 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1tbs honey
  • 1tbs granulated sugar
  • 1tbs coconut oil
  • Store in glass container
  • Apply to lips as needed

Lotion Bars: We know by now how lavender essential oil can moisturize and soothe skin. This excellent, and easy recipe for Lavender lotion bar will keep your skin craving more and more.

  • Melt over low heat in a double boiler
  • 2 oz Beeswax
  • 2oz Shea Butter
  • 2oz of coconut oil
  • Once liquified, apply 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Pour the mixture into two silicon molds
  • Allow them to cool before use, up to 12 hours

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Soap: HomemadeGiftsMadeEasy.com put together an easy to follow tutorial on a lavender essential oil homemade soap. She even includes a cute templates to print labels for your freshly made bars of soap.

Body Butter: This whipped body butter recipe will keep your skin smelling and feeling great all day long.

  • Melt over low heat in a double-boiler
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 mango butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of jojoba oil
  • Cool for one hour
  • 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Whip for 10 minutes with a hand mixer
  • Store in a glass container.

shutterstock_69242062Eyelash Growth: Revitalize old mascara and help grow your lashes by adding one drop of lavender essential oil to your massacre.

Hair Detangler: Get those curls with a mind of their own under control.

  • Combine in a glass spray bottle
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 tsp jojoba oil
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 20-30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl the mixture together
  • Spray on your hair to keep it shiny, and manageable throughout the day

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Shaving Cream: The perfect homemade gift. lavender infused shaving cream.

  • Melt over low heat in a glass double-boiler
  • 2/3 cup shea butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • Once melted add a 1/4 cup grape seed oil
  • 20-30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Transfer to glass storage container
  • Allow to cool in the fridge for two hours
  • Whip with a hand mixer (5-10 minutes)

lavender oil use deodorantNatural Deodorant: Know your ingredients. Avoid harmful metals and make your own chemical free deodorant.

In a wide mouth glass storage container combine:

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 20-30 drops of lavender essential
  • Apply in the mornings by sticking your fingers into the powder and tapping into your armpits.
  • Avoid rubbing into skin

Facial Astringent: Clean up those oily pores with this easy to make facial astringent.
In a large glass storage container combine:

  • Full bottle of natural witch hazel
  • 20-30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Apply to cotton ball
  • Apply to affected areas

 

Make-up Remover Wipes: Avoid all the harsh chemicals in make remover wipes, and make your own.

shutterstock_391799284In a wide mouth glass jar combine:

  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tbs witch hazel
  • 2 tbs distilled/filtered water
  • 4 round cotton pads
  • Keep the pads in the mixture until throughly soaked
  • Store in a glass container and use as needed

Skin Detoxifier: Remove those surface toxins from your skin, and peel back time.

In a wide mouth glass jar combine:

  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of rose essential oil
  • 2 tbs of coconut oil
  • Massage throughout the body to detoxify the skin

Skin Toner: Clear up your oily dry skin with this simple DIY skin toner recipe.

In glass spray bottle combine:

  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1tbs distilled/filtered water
  • 1-5 drops of lavender essential oil

shutterstock_170347388Hair Loss: Thining hair or balding?

In a glass jar combine:

  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops of thyme
  • 2 tbs of jojoba oil
  • Massage into scalp at night daily
  • Keep oils in your hair at least one hour
  • Wash and rinse.

 

Frizz Control: Can't seem to keep those flyaway's at bay? Start taming that mane today.

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 2oz of castor oil
  • 5-10 drops of lavender essential
  • 5-10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Spray

 

Diminish Wrinkles: Start moving the clock back on father time with the healing properties of lavender essential oil.

In a small glass jar combine:

  • 1/4 oz jojoba oil
  • 20-30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20-30 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 20-30 drops pomegranate essential oil
  • Dip your finger in jar and apply to your face at night and in the morning. To revitalize, your skin.

shutterstock_433215526Beard Growth: Tame your beard, give it shine, fill in slow growing areas, and a soft relaxed feel. Sounds impossible? It's not.

In a small glass bottle combine:

  • 1 tbs jojoba oil
  • 20 drops of tea tree oil
  • 5 drops of lavender
  • Swirl it
  • Apply a couple drops to your hands and massage into your beard
  • Repeat daily until as needed

Cradle Cap: Soothe your baby's scalp, and give yourself piece of mind.

In a glass jar combine:

  • 4 tbs baby shampoo
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 drops of lavender oil
  • Apply to baby's scalp
  • Wash throughly.

First Aid

Sunburn: Did you get roasted like a marshmallow over an open fire? Put out the burn with this sunburn relief spray.shutterstock_295445759

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 1/2 cup aloe vera
  • 1/8 cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint
  • Swirl the bottle
  • Spray to the affected area

Diaper Rash: Does your baby have a sore, red, and inflamed tush?

In a wide mouth glass jar combine:

  • 4 tbs coconut oil
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Apply after every diaper change
  • Repeat until rash subsides

Headache Relief: Melt your tension away by taking a warm bath with 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil added.

Anti-itch: Do you have an uncontrollable itch? Apply 1-2 drops of essential oil to your palms and rub into affected area. If using on a baby combine with 1 tbs of coconut oil.

Burns: Put the fire out from that burn in matter of seconds.

In a wide mouth glass jar combine:

  • 1 tbs aloe vera
  • 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Apply to affected area
  • Every time the burn drys up apply more until the affected area heals

Scratches: Clean a fresh cut or scratch by adding 1 drop lavender essential oil to a warm towel. The anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial proprietaries will go right to work on cleaning up that scratch or cut.

bug bite lavender oilInsect Bites: Those pesky mosquitos always seem to get you at just the wrong time. Stop the itching, and swelling by applying a drop of lavender essential oil directly on the skin.

Bruising: Did you bang yourself recently or just prone to bruising? Here's a SUPER easy fix.

  • Fill a glass bowl with warm water
  • 3 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop of geranium essential oil
  • Soak a washcloth in the bowl and apply to the bruised area
  • Prepare a second bowl with cold water
  • Add 3 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop of geranium essential oil
  • Soak a second wash cloth
  • Alternate between the warm and cold wash cloth to your bruised areas

Umbilical Cord Stump: Apply this essential oil blend to soothe umbilical cord stumps.

In a glass bottle combine:

  • 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5-10 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 5-10 drops of myrrh essential oil
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • Apply to umbilical cord daily

Motion Sickness: Can't seem to find your sea legs? Place 1 drop of lavender essential oil in your palm and swirl. With your hands apply the oil behind your ears to ease motion sickness symptoms.

Hay Fever: Apply 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to a diffuser to alleviate the symptoms of Hay Fever.

Pet & Dust Allergies: lavender essential oil is a natural antihistamine and by inhaling or diffusing can provide you with long term symptomatic relief.

  • Rub 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil into your palms
  • Inhale deeply for 30 seconds
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

Nosebleeds: Stop those pesky nosebleeds right in there tracks.

  • Apply 1 drop of lavender essential oil to a paper towel.
  • Wrap the paper towel around an ice cube
  • Place under nose as long as comfortable.

Cold Sores: Place 1 drop to lavender essential oil on a cotton tip and apply directly to cold sore. Repeat process daily until cold sore clears up.

Psoriasis: Soothe your skin with this super simple recipe.

In a glass bowl combine:

  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of frankincense oil
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Apply to the affected area
  • Repeat as needed

Cough & Cold Rub: Sleep easy with this at home cough & cold rub.

In a glass jar combine:

  • 1 tbs Coconut oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops of thyme oil
  • Apply 1 tsp to your chest before bed

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Soothing Eye Pack: The gals at PopSugar have put together a tutorial to make your own soothing eye masks. Avoid paying top dollar for specialty masks, and make one from scratch that you can heat and cool.

After Sun Care: Use a cold compress to soothe your freshly tanned skin.

  • Fill a glass bowl with 2 cups of cold water
  • Add 2-5 drops of lavender essential
  • Soak a washcloth
  • Wring the cloth out
  • Apply to the affected area

Bee Stings: Get control of that painful bee sting, and get some instantaneous relief.

In a wide mouth glass jar combine:

  • 1 tbs of coconut oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop of german chamomile essential oil
  • Apply the cream to affected area
  • Repeat as needed

Anti-Inflamtory: For adults apply 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil directly to the inflamed area. For babies and children dilute the 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 tbs coconut oil.

Head Lice: Kill lice and lice eggs.

In a wide mouth glass jar combine:

    • 2-5 drops of lavender
    • 2-5 drops tea tree essential oil
    • 1 tbsp of jojoba oil
    • Massage into the scalp

Watch the video below to see just how effective lavender and tea tree essential oil are at killing lice.

Digestion Aid: Lavender essential oil increases mobility of food in your gut. Thus reducing symptoms of gas, acid reflux, or bloating. Fill an empty capsule with 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil and wash it down with a glass of water.

Bloating: Fill an empty capsule with 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil & 2-5 drops of peppermint oil. Wash it down with a glass of water.

Acid Indigestion: Lavender stimulates gastric juices in the bile, thus aiding in the symptoms of acid indigestion. Fill an empty capsule with 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil and wash it down with a glass of water.

Ear Ache: Ear aches the come and go and every now and again there's that one that just won't leave you alone.

  • Fill a glass bowl with two cups of warm water
  • 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Soak a washcloth in the warm water and wring it out
  • Apply the lavender hot compress to your ear
  • Repeat as necessary
  • Avoid putting any essential oils in your ear before consulting a physician.

Nail Fungus Removal: Lavender essential oil can be very effective at combatting nail fungus and preventing future infections. Relax and soothe your feet with this lavender and tea tree soak.

  • Fill a stainless steel pot with warm water
  • Add 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2-5 drops of Tea Tree oil
  • Soak your feet for 30 minutes
  • Repeat daily until affected area recedes

Healing: Because of the anti-microbrial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties of lavender, it is largely considered the universal essential oil. Apply 1-2 drops directly to any affected area and repeat as needed until healed. Dilute lavender essential oil with a tbs of coconut oil to use on children and babies

Acne Care: Treat those sore spots with a combination of shea butter and lavender essential oil.

In a glass storage jar combine:

  • 1 tbs of shea butter
  • 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Apply to face after cleansing before bed.

Ringworm Treatment: Knock the socks off those ringworms with this 1-2 punch of olive oil and lavender essential oil.

In a glass storage container combine:

  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Apply three times a day to the affected area.

GERD: Start your day with your GERD symptoms under control, and for long lasting symptomatic relief. Drink the recipe below every morning.

In a glass of water combine:

  • 2-3 drops of lemon oil
  • 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Drink every morning.

Teething: Is your baby cutting a new tooth soothe them, and soothe your ears with the recipe below.

In a glass storage container combine:

  • 1 tbs of coconut oil
  • 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Massage into jaw line
  • Repeat as necessary

Emotional Benefits

Anxiety: To alleviate symptoms of anxiety follow the recipe below. Repeat as needed.

Diffuse:

  • 2-8 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Inhale deeply for 30 seconds
  • Repeat as needed

Depression: The moody blues a great to listen to but emotionally not that enjoyable. Alleviate those symptoms today with an easy to follow diffusing recipe.

Diffuse:

  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • Inhale deeply for 30 seconds
  • Repeat as needed.

Stress Relief: Stress catches us all at one time or another. Quickly get it under control by diffusing lavender essential oil.

Diffuse:

  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Inhale deeply for 30 seconds
  • Repeat as needed

Mood Amplifier: Keep the tempo upbeat throughout the by wearing a diffuser necklace. Apply 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your diffuser necklace and receive uplifting aromatherapy from lavender throughout the day.

Calming: Fill a warm bath and add 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil and soak for 30 minutes.

Sleep Aid: Did you stay up late and throw your sleep schedule off? Get back into the rhythm with this natural sleep aid.

In a glass storage jar combine:

  • 1oz of Almond oil
  • 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Massage on the bottom of feet
  • Behind the ears
  • Up the jawline
  • Repeat nightly as needed

Physical Benefits

Pain Relief: For adults apply 1-3 drops of lavender essential oil in your palms. Rub them together and massage into the afflicted area. For children and babies dilute with a 1 tbs of coconut oil. Repeat as needed.

Muscle Spasms: Playing sports, working out, afternoon runs, and any other physical activity can result in muscle spasms. Keep this recipe in a glass jar to use whenever you need to soothe some muscle pain or spasm.

In a wide mouth glass jar combine:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2-5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2-5 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 2-5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Apply to affected areas as needed

Workout Recovery: Give your muscles the speedy recover they deserve. You ripped them apart now heal them up.

In a glass jar combine:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2-5 drops of lavender oil
  • 2-5 drops marjoram oil
  • 2-5 drops thyme oil
  • 2-5 drops of peppermint oil
  • Massage into your muscles post workout.

Sex

Aphrodisiac: Spice up your night life by diffusing lavender essential oil in the bedroom. Lavender releases endorphins in the brain and increases blood flow to sexual organs, aaannnnndddd it increases female sensitivity.

  • Diffuse 8 drops lavender essential oil

Libido Enhancer: Diffuse lavender and tangerine in the bedroom to increase blood flow to male organs, and release endorphins in the brain for increased pleasure.

Diffuse:

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tangerine essential oil

Around the Home

Cat Repellant: Tired of your cats using your favorite piece of furniture as a scratching post?

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 2 oz of distilled/filtered water
  • 2-5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2-5 drops orange essential oil
  • 2-5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Spray in areas where you want to keep the cats at bay

Linen Spray: Ditch the harmful chemicals in commercial linen sprays and gain control of what you spray into your clothing.

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 1oz witch hazel
  • 3oz distilled/filter water
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Spray into your clothes as needed

Liquid Laundry Detergent: Shifrah at Apartment Therapy put together a great walkthrough on making your own lavender laundry detergent. Say hello to the chemical free life.

Household Cleaner: Instead of your home smelling like you gave it a bleach bath. Use this natural recipe to fight bacteria, and smell great at the same time.

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 2oz of distilled/filtered water
  • 1tbs tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Spray and clean

No Chem Dryer Sheet: When you dry your clothes with commercial dryer sheets you inject harmful chemicals into your clothes which is later absorbed through the skin when you wear them. Replace your dryer sheets with wool balls with a couple drops of lavender essential oil. The balls can last up to 600 loads of laundry. Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential to the wool balls every load.

Anti-Bacterial Cream: Brew up your own anti-bacterial cream of cuts, scratches, burns and so much more.

  • Melt down on low heat in a double boiler
  • 4 tbs beeswax
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Transfer to wide mouth glass storage container
  • Add 15 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Use as needed

Therapeutic Bedrails: Keep your young one's soothed and in their beds.

  • Grab two pool noodles
  • Place a cotton pad in each end
  • Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to each pad
  • Tuck the pool noodles under the fitted sheet
  • Replace the cotton pads as the smell fades

Cat-Box Deodorizer: Keep those harsh fumes permeating throughout your house with a simple combination of baking soda and lavender essential oil.

In a glass bowl combine:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  • Allow the mixture to sit over night
  • Mix into your cat box
  • Duplicate the recipe for multiple cat boxes.

Room Freshener: Clear up stale smells throughout your home with this sweet lavender room freshener spray.

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 3/4 cup distilled/filtered water
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Swirl and spritz.Lavender essential oil play-dough

Play-Dough: The PinningMama has an excellent DIY Play-Dough walkthrough. Never worry again about chemicals in play dough and provide endless amount of aromatherapy benefits to your little ones.

Candle Melts: Make your own long lasting scented wax melts.

In a glass double boiler combine;

  • 2oz beeswax
  • 2tbs coconut oil
  • Liquify
  • Pour the mixture into a glass bowl.
  • Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl
  • Pour the mixture into plastic molds
  • Allow them to cool and harden(12 hours).
  • Break away the melts and start diffusing lavender throughout your home.

Lavender Sachet: Not only do these lavender sachets have positive effect on the aroma in your home they double as pest control. Who knew your home could be pest free and smell great at the same time. Essential Health Magazine has an excellent tutorial on making your very own lavender sachets.

Scented Lightbulbs: Make your own at home diffuser.

  • Apply 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to light bulbs in your house while they are off.
  • Turn them on the heat will slowly diffuse lavender throughout your house.

Mold Spray: Mold shows up at the worst of times, and cleaning with a bleach solution in an unventilated area can really have some negative effects on your body. How about a bleach, and chemical-free spray that will knock the pants right off that mold.

In glass spray bottle combine:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl and spray
  • Wipe after 30 minutes.

Painting: Add 2-5 drops of lavender to your paint to eliminate those nasty fresh paint odors from your home or business. Since essential oils do not contain fatty acids they will not stain your wall.

Cooking

Lavender Infused Jam: Enjoy all the healing properties of lavender infused in your favorite jam. To be enjoyed in the morning, middle of the day, and evening. Table for Two has an excellent recipe that only takes 35 minutes to make!

Sorbet: Delicious sorbet on a hot summer day. Who could ask for more?

Combine in a medium saucepan, over medium heat:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Dissolve sugar
  • Add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Bring to a boil for 5 minutes
  • Simmer for 5 minutes
  • Turn the heat off and cover for 5 minutes
  • Strain the syrup
  • Combine in glass storage jar
  • 2 tablespoons of vodka
  • 2.5 tbs lemon juice
  • Place in the freezer
  • After one hour mash it up
  • Freeze again
  • Serve within 3 days.

Shortbread: Want to make shortbread cookies to die for? Have you made cookies with essential oils? This recipe Lavender Lemon Shortbread cookies is simply to die for. Ready in oder 35 minutes. You can prep this dish in a hurry and still serve something delicious. Download the recipe here.

lavender pound cake with lemon glazePound Cake: The women over at RecipeswithEssentialOils put together this fantastic lavender pound cake recipe that tastes so good you'll have everyone coming back for more and more.

Banana Nut Bread: Add 4 drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite banana nut bread recipe for an added twist. Throw in some blueberries to keep your bread moist and delicious.

Lavender Cupcakes: Make great cupcakes by combining 4 drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite cupcake recipe. Making amazing cupcakes by adding dollop of buttercream with a drop of orange for truly unforgettable glaze.

Ice Cream: CookingandBeer.com has an ice cream recipe that is simply to die for. This recipe does require an ice cream maker to prepare. So make sure you have all your materials ready before attempting the recipes. This delicious recipe can be found here. 

Whipped Cream: Lavender infused whipped cream. Ooo la la.

In a small saucepan combine:

  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 2-5 drops lavender essential oil
  • Bring to a simmer
  • Pour the mixture into a stainless steel mixing bowl
  • Cool for two hours
  • Beat the mixture with 2 tbs of super fine sugar until soft peaks form
  • Use as you see fit.

Softens Citrus Flavor: Add a drop of lavender essential oil to anything with citrus to soften the bite.

Drinks

Lavender Lemonade: On those hot summer days there's nothing quite like a cold glass of lemonade. Couple that with the relaxing properties of lavender oil. Makes this beverage the perfect summer afternoon drink.

  • Mix 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 drops of lavender oil
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups of sparkling water
  • let it cool, and serve.

Lavender Sweet Tea: Just add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite sweet tea recipe.

Lavender Martini: Spice up an evening with the girls by serving up Lavender Martinis.

  • Add your favorite vodka
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Pour over ice
  • Shake vigorously for 20 seconds
  • add 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl and serve

Pest Control

Mosquito Repellant: Say goodbye to those pesky mosquitos and deet with two ingredients lavender and water.

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 1 cup of distilled/filtered water
  • 2-5 drops lavender essential oil
  • Spray on your skin
  • Bonus: Use on existing bug bites for relief.

Ant Repellant: In them summer ants reek havoc on unsuspecting homes all over our country.

  • Add 1-3 drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton ball
  • Place it where the ants are coming into your home

Aphid Control: Keep your plants happy all year round with a lavender aphid control solution.

In a glass spray bottle combine:

  • 2 oz of distilled/filtered water
  • 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Swirl and spray the problem areas up to twice a day
  • Repeat until the aphides subside

Fly Control: Flies are the worst. They torment me regularly and I simply couldn't take it anymore. Then I found this AMAZING recipe for keep flies at bay, outside where they belong.

In a glass jar combine:

  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 10 drops of clove essential oil
  • 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil.
  • Swirl
  • Add a washcloth to jar
  • Allow the washcloth 24 hours to absorb the mixture
  • Open the jar where you want to deter flies from visiting
  • Make as many of these jars as you need

Do you have any other uses for lavender essential oil? Let me know in the comments.

The Whole 30

I found the Whole30 and it’s been a game-changer for me.

A little history: I have had fibromyalgia that was diagnosed after a battle with Lymes Disease and have fought an uphill battle against severe chronic pain on a daily basis (since 1993) so crippling fatigue added to FMS, Osteoarthritis, TMJ, tendonitis, bursitis and every other “itis” out there…and I came to a place where eating fistfuls of prescription drugs & “dealing with it”/”sucking it up”/”putting it on ignore” inevitably became out of the question.  I was just saying “NO MORE.” No more to all of the meds…NO MORE to all of the little black pieces of tape stuck over the oil light on my body’s dashboard! I have embarked on the pharmaceutical journey through hell of long-term chronic pain management twice and had to go off said long-term pain management twice and it has totally sucked both times. I have also gone off Depo Provera twice and gained 30lbs in less than 6 weeks both times (which also sucked…but in a radically different way) and after a life time of doctors and prescriptions that led to more doctors and prescriptions – I’ve taken a different route.  The other one was way to cyclical for me.  I’m not into the “side effects include death” option unless it’s my last option anymore.

Over the past couple of years I have gone on Master Cleanse repeatedly and every time I did, I felt better when I didn’t eat
any food (but I was starving and nutritionally depriving my body repeatedly – which I knew I couldn’t sustain.) But knowing I felt better without food led me to the conclusion that at least a significant portion of my problems were directly related to food.

Let’s call them allergies for now. I’m not totally sure what these reactions were to (yet), but what I can say is, I was medication-free and pain-free in Asia for over a year. I lived primarily on the Candida diet over there…and consumed no dairy to speak of (because they don’t really have dairy in Asia, nor do they offer dairy substitutes.)  I still experienced serious GI reactions to foods on a semi-regular basis but had no method of figuring out which ones because when a plate of food was served to me in different countries, I simply ate it. Alex and I would watch my gut expand like I had a bicycle pump blowing air up my ass (I wish I was kidding), many times after I would eat a meal I would waddle out of there looking 7 months pregnant and have to wait for the mega-bloat to dissipate over the next several hours, but we didn’t get what was causing it.  Because my pain was totally in-check, we simply chalked it up to a laughable phenomena and w
nt about our daily routine…and avoided anything that required deep breaths for the rest of that day.

I went off of Depo Provera permanently (finally) last August (2014) and for the second time in my life (unrelated to Nothing_tastes_as_Good_as_Skinny_Feelspregnancy) I blew up 30 lbs in under 6 weeks time doing so.  Everything is simply more challenging at 47 than it ever was ta 27…so, by the time I was tilting the scale at 185.7 I was freaking out.  I gave birth to my daughters at that weight…and I wasn’t toting any other human beings around in my belly this time. I am not a major primper (duh), but I do care enough about my health, physical appearance and the stress on my joints and the systems of my body (which have enough  to deal with) that I do not wish to add obesity to my laundry list of health-related issues.  So, when my dear friend (and massage therapist) Sarah asked me if I’d seen or read anything about “The Whole 30” and my answer was “No. What is it?” She explained it was an elimination diet and that she knew a lot of people were loving it and that she thought it could really help me out.  I hopped off her table and went right to my iPhone and googled, Pinterested and then subsequently “Amazoned” 🙂 and I found more and more information on this program and I was all in!  I broke down, grabbed my kindle and bought the ebook and I spent the day reading up on what the Whole 30 actually was.

No_This_Yes_That_Whole30It’s Paleo minus: corn, grains, sugar, any form of sweetner, legumes, peanuts, soy, MSG, carrageenan and lectin(and a few
other things I might be missing so I will defer to their site for details) and what I found was nothing short of a miracle.  I got it! I’ve been doing it with my new grandson Liam whose system is pure – introducing new foods to him one at a time and watching for reactions. This is exactly the same concept for adults.  First, purify the system (get rid of all of it) – clean slate.  Then…add things back (one at a time in isolated fashion) to figure out
what DOESN’T work for YOU!
I know…it sounds tough – but I was committed.  If you think it’s too hard for you…let me help with this fantastic quote I read in their book’s intro:

“This is not hard.  Beating cancer is hard.  Losing a child is hard.  This…is NOT hard.”  

They were right.  I can do anything for 30 days.  The most amazing thing was, I dropped 10lbs in the first week. (Not allowed to look at the scale…I cheated and started back on Day 1) I could taste food again.  I tasted the natural sugar in Raw Organic Cashew nuts.  It was crazy.

I’ve lost 30+lbs since I started eating this way and Alex has lost 35+ and we’re going strong. I couldn’t have done it without Pintrest.

Check out my Whole30 board for recipes (I literally add more daily): Follow Dawn’s board Whole 30 Recipes on Pinterest.
And get the book – I downloaded their recommended ebook for kindle It Starts with Food  and I was off and running shopping the lists at the grocery store.

The plateaus and cravings can be tough to get through some days – I won’t lie to you…some days are a real bitch!
ex-whole-30-day-5But we’ve been on the Whole30 (for like a whole 90+) and just keep starting over again on Day 1.  A few times were because of little things like; finding out we were taking a supplement whose capsule was made from rice flour instead of gelatin – or not checking one mustard label (which contained added sugar) which has been very frustrating at times…but…results are often harsh…and ALWAYS fair and this food is nourishing and healthy AND our bodies are dumping toxins and melting excess FAT – SO…if it’s the Whole 120, the Whole 365 or the Whole REST OF MY LIFE, as long as it works…I’m in!  (Before and Afters to follow – soon) 🙂

 

Peace…xo

"D" for the Hippie "D"iva, Dawn, my nickname "D" and my newest role and title "Didi"

Little Rock Farmer’s Market

We made a trip to opening day of the Little Rock Farmer’s Market on Saturday May 2nd.  We did so after talking about it for over 5 years and now that Alex and I are eating Paleo and are both on the Whole30, we are eating ultimately more fresh veggies than we can keep in stock, our garden was just planted and D_Alex_LR_050215we committedly support local. I totally miscalculated our morning and family obligations (typical) so, we got there around 2:45pm and found out it “closes” at 3 (not 5pm as I had estimated.) so we only did a portion of the market – however, what we got to see was chock full of fabulous!

We were there til well-after 5pm (because as anyone with a booth-based sidewalk/festival business knows…you don’t close til the last people leave if you want to make extra money.  As Alex and I were jewelry and craft vendors for many years, we often made the most money during the last hour of the last day (when everyone else was closed)…because people come late or wait to make purchases to see everything before they buy “something” and if you are the last booth standing – your something is simply the something they’re buying!  We IMG_1320stumbled upon a few amazing and very cool vendors with super high-quality stuff for great (last hour of the market) prices.

We bought our veggies first and then headed down to the top hippie attraction of the day; Mr Bamboo.  This guy quite literally taught us everything we ever wanted to know about bamboo and then some. We’re getting in touch with him this week to schedule a time to wander a bamboo forest and learn exponentially more.  Our fascination with bamboo came from Bali Indonesia where it grows in major abundance and people are building actual full-on homes out of the amazing (constantly self-replenishing) grass.  It’s brilliant stuff.  You can eat it, build your house with it, landscape with it…the uses are endless…and it’s a grass so you can cut it down and it grows right back!

IMG_1256We walked to Riverfront Steak House (after yelping and finding Whole30 compliant meals we opted for steak and after choking on some of the prices, some of the steakhouses were asking – $60+ for a ribeye?? Please!) We found our location over the river bridge – with AMAZING service, great steak and a totally accommodating staff for our dietary restrictions. The best part of our chosen dinner (time and location) was the walk back over the Arkansas River bridge.

It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve experienced in a very long time. Td_sunset_best_LR050215here were a ton of fantastic quotes in the movie “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon but this one strikes me for the moment:

‘There’s a sunrise and a sunset every day, and you can choose to be there for it — you can put yourself in the way of beauty.”  

I find myself getting lost in sunsets again.  There’s nothing like letting myself get drawn into their beauty, and up and out of my mitote (me-toe-tay: Described in The Four Agreements as the cacophony of voices in your head. See below.) Alex and I have a pinky-swear agreement to stop everything we’re doing and take the time to be with each other (whether we are together or apart physically), in totally zen space, watching it set.

I am also very grateful to sunset for the gift of being able to dump my baggage (on one of life’s less than perfect days) into that big ball of fire at the end of each day and watch it extinguish into darkness. I often hear the voice of one of my very dear friends (that I haven’t had the honor of speaking to in far too longsaying “When you have a truly lousy day D, just remember…you’ll never have to live through that one again.”

Back to Little Rock…

d_LR_templeguardiand_HULee_exitWe decided to find some good live music, so we googled what was happening and found what we were looking for at Club Rev, so we walked back over the bridge, feeling nourished, relaxed and happy.  We stumbled on a very cool garden space that reminded us of Thailand on our way to the music.  It was a groovy little space that was well-thought-out and felt totally zen and isolated from the hustle and bustle on the city street right beyond it’s very cool, authentic gate.

Until next time,  Peace…xo