Boo-Boo Spray (and 14 ways to use it)
One of the easiest homemade products (or gifts) you can make is this simple Lavender spray. With just essential oil and water, a small glass spritz becomes a natural item that will astound you with its numerous purposes.
Lavender has long been known for its relaxing and calming qualities. The Romans used it in their baths for washing, for its cleansing qualities, and to deter insects. The Egyptians used lavender as an ingredient in incense and perfume. Queen Elizabeth I used it in her tea to soothe tension.
The many plant constituents in lavender essential oil contribute to a vast range of usage. Today, we use lavender as a tea and to cleanse, support normal sleep, ease occasional depressed moods, soothe sun-exposed skin, and reduce stress. Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils and can be applied neat to the skin. The benefits of lavender essential oil are limitless, and modern research will continue to yield new and exciting uses for this amazing plant. (source)
I take a 2-oz. glass spray bottle (I buy in bulk at Abundant Health or HERE or at my local natural store), add a pinch of Epsom (or sea) salts and drop 15-20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil on it. Then I carefully fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. The salts are completely optional, although I feel they help the oils disperse into the water better. And that’s it!
Besides being a great relaxing spray, here are the many ways that I have used this little mixture:
- “Boo Boo Spray” – Lavender topically soothes cuts and other skin irritations, my son is also eased by the whole process of him falling down, getting a mommy kiss, then getting boo boo spray.
- “No Itch Spritz” – If I forget my homemade bug spray and become a feast, lavender calms the itch, bite, sting, swelling, etc. Feels good right away!
- “Settle Down Sprinkle” – We spray on our toddlers feet, belly, clothes, wherever we can reach during a long car ride. It helps him to calm down or even fall asleep in his carseat (which is not common for our busy boy).
- “Tush Mist” – Natural diaper balm or my son’s occasionally red tush. Or an adult tush if chafed.
- “Pimple Potion” – When in a pinch, lavender spray (or straight essential oil) can calm non-cystic acne. My skin has thankfully cleared up since making the switch to cleaner living/eating, but I still get hormonal acne around my jawline every month. It is easily kept at bay with essential oils. Avoid directly in eyes, of course.
- “Sweet Dreams Drizzle/Pillow Spray” – Spritzing on your pillows/sheets/linens the scene for the perfect slumber. Mist on the comforter in your guest bedroom. Spray on the kids’ bed on a particularly rowdy evening. Lavender’s cleansing constituents make this extra beneficial to do on a hotel bed.
- “Laundry Refresher” – I spray it on my wool dryer balls to give my laundry a clean, relaxing scent, or on the pile of laundry that we live out of on the weeks where I boycott the “putting away” process. A natural mom sure can miss the smell, albeit it fake fragrance, that comes with commercial laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets at first. Thankfully, essential oils easily take their place and have additional benefits.
- “Stress-Soothing Spray” – Mist the air anytime you need and enjoy the aromatic benefits to reduce stress.
- “Concentration Concoction” – If you’re looking for a lift in mental acuity or concentration, spritz yourself, the air, or items in your environment.
- “Yoga Mat Spray” – I lightly spritz on my mat after (and sometimes before) to clean and encourage calm. Not too much though, since essential oils can “eat” plastics (it’s how they gently can rid our bodies of petrochemicals, etc as well). Just a mist will suffice.
- “Hand Spray” – We spray and rub all around our hands before eating if we are on-the-go.
- “Scar Spray” – I have used this on my old closed wounds of many sorts, including massaging all around my c-section scar tissue. Remember, lavender for the skin is amazing, especially injured skin.
- “Postpartum Parts Spray” – Self-explanatory? Even after a Cesarean…
- “Too Much Sun” Spray – After over-exposure, nothing soothes my skin like this cool spritz. It immediately feels better, and then the lavender gets to do its work to support the skin. This was me after I did too much yoga in the sun, then a week later (wish I would have taken photos the next day but I wasn’t bloggy-minded then). I didn’t have to feel uncomfortable at all after that initial photo! Even when my family or I only have a decent amount of sun, we still spray this on to take the best care of our skin that we can.
If you ever run into me in person, I almost guarantee you can ask and I’ll have my Boo-Boo spray in my bag! I carry it everywhere and continuously find more great uses, including an excellent gift to make for others.
How do you like your lavender?? Please leave a comment to let me know you’ve stopped by!
Reference: Lavender Essential Oil Product Information Page https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/PIP_Lavender.pdf
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