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New Obsession: Lavender Essential Oil from Aura Cacia + 3 Things to Make with It

Essential oils have piqued my interest for a while now, but I hadn't gotten around to dabbling in them. Until now.
Last week, I hit up the grocery store for these natural and non-toxic insect repellents for a little pest in my apartment. The item I was most excited to try? Lavender essential oil. I love the smell of lavender – it's just a bonus that it apparently keeps creepy crawlers away.

To make a long story short, I fell in love with Aura Cacia's lavender 100% pure essential oil. And in my excitement, I whipped three simple thing using what I had on hand.

1. Epsom Salt + Lavender Essential Oil
I shook a few drops of lavender oil into a small mason jar of
epsom salt to create a wonderful scented, calming bath soak. 

2. Water + Lavender Essential Oil
A spray bottle of water plus some lavender oil equals an amazing
smelling room and fabric spray. My bedding, carpet, curtains, couch,
and the clothes hanging in my closet all got squirted and all smell fantastic.

3. Lotion + Lavender Essential Oil
I couldn't just stop with my apartment. After dabbing a bit of oil on my
wrists, I mixed a few drops with my St. Ive's oatmeal lotion so that
my skin could feel soft and smell lovely. 

Let's just say that with all the lavender circulating in my apartment last night, I slept like a baby. 

Do you use essential oils and / or aromatherapy? I'm so excited to get started and experiment with different scents and products. I'd love your suggestions. :)

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