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One of the most basic and primary essential oils you should have on hand is lavender oil.

This magical oil has numerous benefits and will definitely come in handy if you have little ones to watch over.

The aroma from lavender oil is heavenly and is great to diffuse in your home; you only need about 3-4 drops. You can also apply it to your hands, wrists, chest, neck, and feet. Some people find it best to dilute 2-3 drops of the oil with 1-2 drops of carrier oil, like sweet almond or coconut, when applying directly to the skin. You can also apply some to your hands, then cup both hands around your nose and mouth and breathe deeply. Inhalation of lavender essential oil can be very therapeutic.

One of my favorite ways to benefit from lavender oil is in tea. Pour a couple of drops into your tea or brew a lavender blend for a wonderful relaxing treat.

Using these methods of application, lavender essential oil can:

  1. Help You Sleep

Lavender oil has a soothing aroma that can ease insomnia and help you get an overall restful sleep at night.

  1. Relieve Anxiety

Using lavender oil can have a calming and relaxing effect that eases tension from stress, nervousness, and anxiety.

  1. Ease Pain From Minor Burns

Putting a few drops of lavender oil on a minor burn can help ease the pain from the burn, lower swelling, aid tissue repair, and even help guard against blistering.

  1. Moisturize Your Skin

Get relief from dry, chapped, sunburned, or eczema skin problems with the smoothing and moisturizing effects of lavender oil in a lotion or crème base.

  1. Clean and disinfect minor cuts/wounds

Lavender oil helps to stop bleeding of minor cuts and scrapes. It is also anti-bacterial so it will clean and disinfect these wounds as well. Just apply 2-3 drops to the infected area.

Note: As with all essential oils that you put in or on your body, be sure you are using pure, therapeutic grade oils.

Carrie Andrews is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a Health Coach, she takes a holistic approach, considering the body/mind as a whole, to help her clients experience wellness through nutrition, weight loss, self-care, and lifestyle protocols designed specifically for them. She is also trained in Nutritional Microscopy and Hair Mineral Analysis.