How Lavender Helps Calm My Nerves

Lavender is by far my favorite oil, as it has many uses and is the only essential oil that can be used on the skin without using a carrier oil. A carrier oil is an oil in which essential oils are mixed with, making them easy to apply and, most importantly, safe. Lavender is my “go-to oil”. Feeling stressed? Use some lavender. Got a headache? Use lavender. Head falling off? Use lavender! No, but seriously, this oil should never be underestimated.

Lavender has the ability to be calming, having a relaxing effect on the body and mind, helping to aid sleep. It has a good effect on the circulatory and respiratory system, helping with indigestion and promoting our immune system. It is a middle note oil.

How to use lavender

Using an oil burner/diffuser, my rule of thumb is that for every 30ml of water you use, use half that amount in drops of the essential oil. So, for instance: 30 ml of water & 15 drops of lavender. If you use more than one oil, you should take into account the aroma strength of each oil. So, lavender and lemongrass in 30 ml of water will be 9 drops of lavender, 6 drops of lemongrass. Lemongrass has the strongest ‘note,’ so you will not need as much of this oil. This is my favorite combination of oils; the lemongrass uplifts your spirit, and the lavender helps to calm and relax.

You can use lavender directly on the skin, so when I was having my operations for my bladder cancer, I would dab my pulse points each with a little lavender. This really helped with my nerves. It was also the oil I turned to when I was first diagnosed. I would have real problems getting to sleep, so I made a simple spray, which I would spray onto my pillow each night, and I swear, after a few good deep breaths, I could feel the anxiety and uncertainty leaving me.

Lavender spray

To make your own, you can use a plastic spray bottle (100ml), essential oils of your choice, and some clear alcohol. First, measure out 10ml of the alcohol, and then add the essential oils into it (100ml = 50 drops). Then, pour it into the bottle, add the water, and shake. Voila! A lovely room spray. I have used vodka as a “fixer,” as it is the alcohol that allows the oil to mix with the water.

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