I noticed you like using lavender oil for your itchy skin. I too have problems with itchy skin but have found an over the counter cream at my local pharmacy. It's called Minerin Cream for the generic brand, as it is much cheaper at a good amount in a round container. The cream is nice and thick, great to use after a shower too. So in order to keep more moisture in your skin apply the cream just before your skin is totally dry. Sometimes I add various essential oils just for a scent or for a therapeutic application for any issues my skin may have. It spreads nice, works well even when you may need to massage a sore area, doesn't leave a nasty greasy feeling, no added scents, is hypoallergenic actually and is highly recommended for diabetic people and dry skin from bad eczema. If you use a lot, just give it time to soak into your skin, it feels really nice. If your as itchy as you say, I would put it on in the morning and at night.
Now if I choose not to use the cream, I will use pure cocoa butter and let it melt onto my skin as I rub it in. Or I will use an oil base with essential oils like lavender, especially for a good light efleurage or swedish massage! :wink:
You mention placing your EO of lavender into water. The two are not symbiotically compatible due to their chemical makeup sadly. Do you notice that the oil just floats into a blob at the top of the water line? Since you love the smell of lavender, I would recommend that you use another oil as a base to mix the oil better (you may even be able to use more lavender EO with this method because it mixes evenly, but try your smallest amount first on sensitive areas...such as the underside of your arm, or your wrist). Olive oil will work very well (Canola once and while if you run out of olive oil), but even better is Grape Seed Oil because it is considered the most hypoallergenic oil for sensitive skin. Just be sure to use less than .05% of that lavender in your oil base to prevent irritation.
If you are still having problems with itchy skin there are other natural methods you can try, or you can talk to your doctor about the possibility of needing a type of hydro medication that helps to keep your skins biology more consistent. Just ask for a safe medication that can help with severe itching. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the medication I had to use when I had a severe case of dry skin. I felt like I rolled in poison ivy! I swear I didn't do anything to trigger it, but who knows.
I also agree with HappyFlowerLady, that we tend to eat way too many sugars and complex carbs. Having a yeast overgrowth on the skin can cause many problems with itchy skin on a variety of people, as well as GI issues. Although if you have been using EO of lavender on a daily basis this may not be this issue on your skin, as lavender is slightly anti-fungal.
I hope this helps!
(PS..I'm not sure if you already know, but I'm going to mention it anyways just in case ok. Just be sure to buy good (organic if possible) EO of lavender that is for skin use. Be aware that some are only graded for use in EO diffusers.)