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Lavender is one of the most loved herbs and an ancient symbol of purity and cleanliness with a myriad of uses in feng shui. I am a big fan of lavender, and always carry a small bottle of lavender essential oil with me. I use it to refresh my energy during long consultations while traveling, or when I have to spend many hours in front of the computer. I also have many bunches of dried lavender around my home and often use lavender in many creative ways (in gifts, to wrap crystals, etc)
There are... many ways to introduce the energy of lavender into your home and benefit from its healing properties. If you are not yet on "best friends terms" with this amazing herb, these 12 tips will help you do just that. I promise that once you experience the healing energy of lavender, you will not want to be without it!Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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1. Display Lavender Bunches
The easiest way to benefit from the presence of lavender in your home is to display it in a way that compliments your home decor and style. I usually display my lavender bunches in various size ceramic white pitches, just because I love the purity of white color. You choose what works best for your home. Feng shui-wise, you can display your lavender anywhere - from bedroom to bathroom, there are really no restrictions to it (and the usual "dried flowers are questionable feng shui" sure... does not apply to lavender).Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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2. Use Lavender in Decor
You can also use lavender stems in various decor items around your home - I have seen charming shabby chic style chandeliers decorated with lavender, creative lavender balls on top of big coffee table books, as well as lavender stems around big candles. You are only limited by your creativity when it comes to using lavender in your home decor, so feel free to play and enjoy it!Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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3. Make Lavender Sachets
Lavender sachets are a very easy way to benefit from the energy of lavender year round. You do not have to buy fancy sachets, it is so easy to make your own! All you need is a couple of small bags, preferably of natural fabric (cotton or silk), fill them with lavender and you are done! Have these lavender sachets in your linen closets, under pillows, in your drawers, travel bags, etc. You can even "designate" one for your laundry and use it in your dryer (just be sure to tie it strongly... so the bag does not open). For this purpose, though, it is usually better to use lavender essential oil rather than dried flowers. (Put a couple drops of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball, place the ball in a small bag, tie it and use it in your dryer to have your clothes smell heavenly!)Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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4. Go for Lavender Oil Candles
Another ultra easy way to benefit from the healing energy of lavender in your home (especially your bedroom!) is to burn natural candles made with pure lavender essential oil. Be mindful though, of what your candle is made from and read the labels carefully - most candles on the market pollute the air versus clean it because they contain toxins. You also want essential oil of lavender (pure substance), not lavender fragrance (artificial and often toxic substance).Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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5. Lavender Essential Oil
Along with enjoying lavender in its dried form, I highly encourage you to buy yourself lavender essential oil, too. You can find many good suppliers of essential oils, so do not be afraid to try lavender oil from different companies and experience the difference for yourself. Wildcrafted lavender oil is often even better than organic, but even if you go for conventional one, you will still reap many benefits.
Inhaling lavender scent, as... well as using a few drops of lavender oil for a light head massage can quickly pick up your energy. I often use it instead of perfume and love it so much! Let's explore several more ways how you can benefit from the energy of lavender, this time by using lavender essential oil.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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6. Lavender Air Mist
Spraying lavender essential oil into the air is a very quick, easy and delightful way to refresh the energy in any space (and your own energy, too!). You can buy lavender essential oil mists in many places, and you can easily make your own! All you need is a small bottle, preferably glass, with a spray top and essential oil of lavender. Pour fresh water into your bottle, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, shake it and you're done! The ratio of 15-20 drops to a 4 oz bottle should... create a wonderful lavender mist but feel free to experiment and find what works best. (I usually add more lavender oil for a more fragrant mist).Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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7. Aromatherapy Car Diffuser
If you have to spend many hours in your car, then I highly encourage you to go for an aromatherapy car diffuser. It is very easy to use and can considerably shift your mood and increase your well-being. You might find yourself stuck in bad traffic, but with lavender essential oil in the air, all it takes is a deep inhale and you are in the fields of Provence! The beautiful thing with lavender oil is that it is an adaptogenic - meaning it relaxes you and at the same... time makes you more alert and present, so there is no worry about feeling sleepy or unfocused while driving. A miracle plant, really!Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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8. Candle Diffuser
At home, you can use a candle diffuser to benefit from the healing aroma of lavender oil. All you have to do is fill the basin at the top of the diffuser with water, add a couple drops of essential oil and light the candle at the base of the diffuser. The heat from the candle will help release the healing lavender scent into the air.
Personally, I much prefer the next choice (ultrasonic diffusers), as I had my own share of burnt candle diffusers because I forgot to... check the water levels! Still, candle diffusers can be a lovely way to add scent, as well as the healing glow of candlelight to any room as long as you remember to check on it from time to time and add water as needed.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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9. Ultrasonic Diffuser
An ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser is my absolute favorite way to diffuse the healing energy of essential oils into the air. It is super easy to use - fill the basin with water, add essential oils, choose the time or diffusing functions (if available with your diffuser), plug it in and forget about it! The beauty of ultrasonic diffusers, along with their convenience, is that they also purify the air. Plus, many of the powerful ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers can... cover really big areas - from 400 sq ft all the way to 2,000-3,000 sq ft spaces. I have several ultrasonic diffusers in my home and love them all.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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10. Bathtime with Lavender
Another beautiful way to benefit from the healing energy of lavender is to add a coupe drops of pure essential oil to your bath every night. Pure luxury and powerful healing, too! Few things are more relaxing and pampering than immersing yourself in a hot bath filled with lavender scent. Again, be sure you buy pure essential oil, ideally organic or wildcrafted. Once you start using the actual essential oil of lavender in your bathroom you might be surprised to find out that most of the so-called... lavender bath products do not contain lavender at all, just an artificially made fragrance. Your body will tell you the difference.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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11. Use in Space Clearing
I also love using a few dried lavender stems in my quick space clearing sessions. The process is the same as with sage (in fact, many smudge sticks contain lavender), and the scent is delightfully sweet, cleansing and soothing. 2-3 lavender sticks are enough for the most delicious, cleansing and refreshing energy feel in your space. Again, just like with smudging, be sure to watch for falling parts that might burn and use a fireproof container to be on the safe side.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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12. Go to A Lavender Farm!
If you live somewhere near a lavender farm, mid-summer is the time to go and pick up your own lavender for feng shui purposes. Bigger farms will hold lavender festivals throughout July and August where you can also make lavender body products, wreaths, and even lavender ice cream! If you don't have a lavender farm close to you, order your lavender on-line, and your home will thank you for the healing presence of this truly magical feng shui helper. I usually order from a lavender farm in... Okanagan, but last year we decided to visit the lavender farm and pick it ourselves. It was a lot of fun!Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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I highly encourage you to make best friends with lavender and use it daily. There are so many ways this friendship will benefit you, and so little you have to do in return! Nature is abundant with lavender (in fact, there are over 30 varieties of lavender), but only a few produce the highest quality essential oil. From replacing your perfume to asking to be used in cookies, tea and ice cream, from adorning your house to protecting you from mosquito bites - all the while healing and... strengthening your energy - lavender is the most amazing plant. Invite it into your home and keep this friendship going.
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