It’s been a while since I’ve written here on A Dose of Health. It’s not that I’ve given up on health, it’s just that I’ve forgotten to write here. Now that I’m writing a new post, I feel I must write about something I’ve been using for several years now.
The reason why I feel the need to write about it is because so many people have told me I should sell the stuff. Yes, sell it. My thought is, why sell it when it’s so easy for everyone to make? What I’m talking about is my Lavender and Lemongrass essential oil multi-purpose spray.
What does Lavender and Lemongrass Spray Do
Well, I could spend a lot of time going into the science of essential oils and explain the constituents of lavender and lemongrass in particular. However, doing that would be boring and it wouldn’t really emphasize the day to day real-life uses for the oils.
Since so many other folks (folks much smarter than I) have taken the time to list the properties for each oil and discuss the science behind them, no need for me to reinvent the wheel. Instead, I’ve listed below how I (and those around me) use the oils and why so many folks think I should sell the spray.
How I use Lavender and Lemongrass
For a while there I worked at the Post Office as an Amazon package deliverer. It was a nice gig. One day, while attempting to get out of the delivery truck with packages in hand the door slid closed while three of my fingers were still on the inside of the truck. Youch! That really hurt. I expected to look down and find the tips of three fingers gone. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case, although it felt like it.
After thanking God that I had all parts of my digits, I took a minute to move my fingers to make sure they still worked. They worked in an excruciatingly painful way, but they functioned. As such, I delivered the packages I had in my arms, walked back to my truck and pulled out my lavender lemongrass spray. I did manage to break the skin on two of my fingers so I wiped away the blood and sprayed my fingers with the spray.
I started the truck and drove down the block to deliver the next package. By the time I made my next delivery the pain was gone. I was truly amazed. I made sure to spray it once or twice before the end of my shift, but I remained pain-free for the remainder of the day.
Fortunately, not only does it relieve pain, but if the skin is broken as it was when I caught my fingers in the truck, it serves as a disinfectant. These oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial properties that took care of whatever germs were lurking on or around the truck that might have infected my fingers.
So I’m making chicken parmesan using my large cast iron pan. I go to take the pan out the oven and the potholder slips causing the cast iron handle to come into contact with the palm of my hand. Youch again!
Rather than dropping the pan and spilling the red sauce all over the kitchen, I quickly set it atop the stove and then ran to get my lavender/lemongrass spray. The spray took the burning pain down several notches and did it quickly. Within 10 minutes the burning pain was gone. It also slowed the skin damage. At that time I didn’t care about the skin damage, the pain was what I wanted to stop. Looking at my palm a couple of weeks later, the burn was barely visible. It’s been several weeks now and no scar.
It relieves the pain, itching and swelling. Nuff said. It might be a difficult area to spray, but it not only relieves the itching but reduces the duration of the hemorrhoidal experience. Is this a multi-purpose spray or what?
My sister’s dog had an ugly sore on its front paw. I did not see the wound, but my sister explained that it was an open wound with “stuff” oozing from it and the dog kept licking it. She said it looked gross and she couldn’t keep her dog off of it. I suggested lavender because I knew lavender is good for dogs.
She went to the store (she lives over 800 miles away so I couldn’t just drop off a bottle), picked up a lavender tincture and sprayed it on her dog’s paw. By the second spray, the dog no longer licked the spot and she noticed healing. The dog was as good as new in a couple of days.
Note: From my own experience, lavender has been beneficial and not harmful to dogs. I have not personally used lemongrass with dogs. In researching information as to whether or not lemongrass is safe for dogs, I found conflicting information.
For years I’ve been using lavender and lemongrass (with a little rosemary) in my hair products. If you’ve read any of my earlier posts on locking my hair, you’ll see that my homemade dreadlock products all contain lavender, lemongrass and rosemary. My hair continues to grow strong, healthy and unruly.
There are several studies that tout the hair growing abilities of lavender oils. Ok, we’re not mice, but in a study on mice, it was said that “…results indicated that LO has a marked hair growth-promoting effect, as observed morphologically and histologically.”
And, there’s another study I’ve got to mention. This one is on humans. It was a randomized, double-blind, control trial testing the efficacy of aromatherapy on individuals with alopecia areata (spot baldness). Using lavender, thyme, rosemary and cedarwood showed a 44% increase in hair growth after 7 months of use.
I also spray the mixture on my face in the morning and before I go to bed at night. I’ve found it keeps my skin healthy and glowing. All of the anti properties (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial) seem to agree with my skin.
My family has been using lavender and lemongrass as a bug repellant for years. Early on we added citronella to the mix, but when I ran out of citronella, we found the lavender and lemongrass worked just fine without it.
A quick story. My 20something-year-old son and his friends went hiking. His friends all had their commercially available bug sprays, most, if not all contained DEET. My son carried my homemade lemongrass/lavender essential oil and water spray. Before the end of the trip, his friends were borrowing his spray as my son was the only one not getting bit by the bugs.
I use it on all bug bites (yes, sometimes we forget to spray ourselves before an outing). My husband, children and grandchildren appreciate the soothing itch relieving qualities of Grandma’s spray.
Because it smells so good, I apply a couple of spritzes spray before leaving the house. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received about how good I smell. What I like about lemongrass and lavender is it’s a natural soft smell. Not overpowering and synthetic like so many of the popular scents folks wear.
In a pinch, if I’m in a public restroom when nature calls, I use my spray as a bathroom freshener.
Because of its antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, I use the lavender and lemongrass mixture as a hand sanitizer. A couple of sprays on my hands and then rub them together as if under running water. It not only cleans and disinfects, but it’s not harsh therefore not drying to the hands. A must-have when dining out and eating finger foods.
A couple of drops of lavender and lemongrass in a diffuser makes the house smell wonderful. Lavender is known for its anti-stress and relaxing qualities. Lemongrass is known to help combat mental fatigue and to calm nervousness. By placing drops of both oils in a home diffuser, you do much to help create a calm, relaxing, zen-like atmosphere (it’s also great in the bathtub).
We had first-hand experience of how everyone who gets a tattoo should involve essential oils in their healing process. You probably should use them before the first tattoo appointment.
Since this post is getting rather long, I’ll share the tattoo healing experience in a separate post. Although the majority of this post is about lavender and lemongrass, the tattoo healing potion I created included other oils in addition to lavender.
As I mentioned earlier, these are just some of the ways in which I use lemongrass and lavender. I’m sure there are additional benefits that I’ve yet to discover.
How I make the Lavender and Lemongrass Spray
The spray is so easy to make. I add filtered water to an amber or blue spray bottle. The bottle size is usually 2 ounces (I purchase the spray bottles at my local health store, but they are also available on Amazon). To the two ounces of water, I add anywhere from 7 to 10 drops of each of lavender and lemongrass. Shake and spray. That’s all there is to it.
You see why I’d feel guilty selling it? It’s so easy to make. I usually have several bottles with me so when I visit family, I leave a bottle with them.
Where do I get my Essential Oils?
I’ve tried several brands of essential oils and have found that I like Rocky Mountain oils the best. If you’re interested, you can purchase certain oils from Amazon. Or, you can take a look at their full selection by visiting the Rocky Mountain Oil website.
Full disclosure: The link to Rocky Mountain Oil is a referral link and I earn points if you make a purchase. The Amazon links are affiliate links. If you purchase the oils using any of my affiliate links I will earn a small commission. My small commission does not affect the price you pay for the products. The oils will cost the same whether you access them through my links or not (except through my Rocky Mountain Oil referral link you get 10% off of your first purchase).
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Ooh, good idea to refrigerate it first! Our temps got up to 100 and we still felt cool when applying the mist unless humidity exceeded 40%. The only scent that probably wouldn’t make a good mister would be citrus. I once mixed mint with orange instead of lavender and I tanned very darkly in splotches where I sprayed the mist. I think there is a warning or something against using citrus oils in the sun that I may have neglected to look up first. Good thing the hubs still thinks I’m gorgeous even with huge splotchy looking birthmarks on my face!
Thanks for the heads up on the citrus. I guess if you applied it evenly it would look like you just came back from a tropical vacation. 🙂
Aren’t hubbies great? Well, most of the time. 🙂
Nice to see you back! These summer months just flew by. I was using a similar mix (Lavender and mint) as a cooling mister on our summer walks. I smelled great even while pouring sweat! Never thought to use these oils as a healing tonic. Thanks and God Bless!
And yet another use for essential oils. Never thought of it as a cooling mist. Probably great if stored in the refrigerator when not in use. I like that idea! Now if I can only remember it for next summer. 🙂