As a lavender farm, we are obviously obsessed with this little flower. We all know how amazing lavender is for your bath and aromatherapy. But, did you know that lavender is an amazing companion to all sorts of outdoor adventures? Let's explain.
1. Bug Repellant
Raise your hand if you have tried our bug spray. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? It smells great and it really works. Bugs hate lavender...like really hate it. Add in our mix of peppermint and lemongrass essential oils and it's a super repellant. There are other "all natural" bug sprays on the market that really aren't all natural - they use chemically-synthesized products - or are just plain gross. Many of them probably use fragrance oils which have no effect; they just smell "nice." When buying an all natural bug spray, do your homework and make sure you are buying real products that have an effect.
2. Bug Bites
In the event you decided not to use an all natural, lavender based bug spray, you can still use lavender to help you out with the bugs. Lavender's soothing property helps to remove the bite and sting from a bug bite or bee sting. You should never apply essential oil directly onto your skin. That's why we dilute lavender oil, and add in some lemongrass oil, with coconut oil in our bite soother roll on. This roll on gives you all the benefits of the essential oil without the side effects of, you know, having your skin burned off from high concentrated oil.
3. Lip Care
If you're anything like me, you probably forget to take care of your lips while out and about. No matter how many times Mom tells me, I seem to always forget. After a day on the water or hiking, my lips are always burnt, chapped, or both. Lavender essential oil is a great healer and works hard to soothe those burnt, chapped lips. We combine ours with frankincense, the king healer, and peppermint, for a nice cooling feeling, for superb lip care.
4. Sore Muscles
There is no better feeling than that tired, kind of sore feeling after a long day of biking or hiking. It's a feeling that says, "I've worked hard and loved every second of it." As great as that feels, it doesn't feel that great by the time we're ready for bed. Lavender essential oil can be used to soothe and relax tired, sore muscles. We like to use our body balm on our sore muscles at the end of the day. By the next morning, we're ready to get back out there again.
5. Sleep Well Before and After
Sleep is the most part of our day anymore. We too often don't get enough of it. And a sleepless body can't perform nearly as well as a rest-filled one. Getting a good night's sleep will make all the difference between a great outdoor adventure and one that is much more complain-y, if you know what I mean. Be sure to get the best rest you can by using lavender at night. While lavender won't directly put you to sleep (I know, everyone says it), it will help calm your mind from the busyness of the day to make sure you fall deep into that glorious REM sleep. Spray some lavender on your pillow or sheets with a good linen spray made of pure lavender essential oil, not fragrance oil. The essential oil will actually do stuff, while the fragrance oil will just smell fragrance-y.
6. For Your Fur Babies
Do you take your pups out with you? I know after a day out, my puppy usually comes home smelling like the leaves, mud, and who knows what else he happened to roll around in. Maybe your dog likes to jump in the river or the lake for a good swim. We love having our dogs with us, but don't always love the smell that comes with it. Spray some lavender on them or wash them off with an all natural lavender soap. The lavender will have all of the same effects on their bodies as it will yours: it will calm them down, help to calm their tired muscles, make them smell great, and give them a great deep sleep for all the fun to come the next day. Remember, though, lavender is for dogs only...keep it far away from other animals.
Did you know that lavender does all of these great things? It's not just for bath time anymore. It really is the perfect outdoor adventurer's companion. If you're anything like us, you really can't live without it. Let us know in the comments how you like to use lavender when you're out in the great outdoors or what you are going to do differently now that you know all of these great facts.
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