I decided to provide a little Essential Oils 101 information to a small private group of people that are either fans of essential oils, or curious about learning more on essential oils. I have also decided to share this information on here as the benefits that some essential oils provide influence my reasoning in selecting certain ingredients for my products. My next few entries will be about some of the most popular and helpful essential oils. Here I’ll give you ideas of how they can be used in your home and what they can be used for!
If you are interested in acquiring your own high quality essential oils, I’d highly recommend Young Living’s Essential Oils. You can learn more about Young Living HERE.
Lavender oil is commonly referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils. Why is it called such? Well, similar to the Swiss Army Knife, lavender essential oil has many, many uses. If you have an ailment and don’t know what to use, try lavender!
Seriously, give lavender a go if you don’t know what else to try. It’s great for your skin. It’s great for assisting with relaxation and relieving stress. Hair loss? Got a fever? Sunburn? Itchy? Pain? Cuts? Bites? Nosebleed? Dandruff? Lavender can potentially assist with that. What can’t this oil do?
Lavender can be used topically, aromatically, and internally. **
** Please note: Not all oils are safe to use topically or internally. You must be absolutely sure that the brand of essential oils you choose to use is safe for how you decide to use it. Young Living makes essential oils that are absolutely safe for internal, topical, and aromatic uses.
I have a local friend that uses lavender for her allergies. She takes a drop and rubs it under her nose when she feels issues with allergies coming on. (This technique is especially helpful during pollen season.)
While I don’t enjoy the smell of lavender, I do appreciate the qualities provided from diffusion at night. Combine with various other oils, I use lavender to assist with providing a calming environment as a bedtime routine.
As you already know, I intend to handcraft my own bath and body products. Lavender will absolutely be a key ingredient in many of my products. Lavender can assist with hydration, skin quality, healing, and various other skin conditions. It makes sense to me to utilize this ingredient in as many products as possible as it’s simply just amazing for assisting with beautiful, healthy skin.
Wait… Didn’t I say it could be used internally too? Yup! If you haven’t tried Lavender Vitality as a flavoring agent in food yet, I’d highly recommend it. Just remember that lavender essential oils are strong! So a tiny bit goes a long way! It is recommended to dip a tip of a toothpick into the oil for a drink. If you want to use a drop (or three) for a large batch of lemonade, go for it! Lavender Lemonade is a wonderfully refreshing drink. Honey also compliments lavender very well. So if you are feeling adventurous, I’d highly recommend a honey-lavender glazed rack of lamb. Yum! I’ll have to create a series later on cooking with essential oils. If you are a foodie like me, then this will be something that could open up ideas you may not have thought of.
Here is a short list of some accepted uses for Lavender from various Essential Oil References Guides:
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Allergies, Anxiety, Appetitle Loss, Bites, Blisters, Boils, Burns, Calming, Cancer, Chick Pox, Concentration, Cuts, Depression, Diaper Rash, Dry Hair, Dry Skin, Exhaustion, Fever, Gas, Hair Loss, Hyperactivity, Inflammation, Insomnia, Itching, Menopause, Mood Swings, Mosquito Repellent, Pain, Poison Ivy/Oak, Postpartum Depression, Rashes, Relaxation, Sedative, Sleep, Stress, Stretch Marks, Sunburn, Teething, Tension, Ticks, Withdrawal, Wounds, Wrinkles
This is what Young Living says about this wonderful oil:
- Promotes feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension
- Has balancing properties that calm the mind and body
- Cleanses and soothes minor skin irritations
- Can be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun
- Reduces the appearance of blemishes
- Supports aging skin
- Offers a sweet, slightly floral taste and aroma
- Improves sleep quality for occasional sleeplessness *
- Supports general wellness *
Here are a few quick ideas on how to use the oil in your own home:
- Polish your skin to a healthy glow by adding making a sugar scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and several drops of lavender essential oil.
- Create a lavender pillow spray by adding 15-20 drops of water in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle to 1 ounce witch hazel and 3 ounces of distilled water. Spritz on linens and breathe deeply.
- Unwind before bed with a lavender bath. Just mix 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 cup of Epsom salts and dissolve in a warm tub.
- Spruce up your shampoo by adding several drops of lavender to it before you wash your hair. Lavender loves healthy hair!
- Support aging skin by applying during your skincare routine.
- Minimize the appearance of blemishes by applying directly to desired area.
- Cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations with lavender.
- Apply to the skin after a day in the sun.
- Add a single drop to honey or agave and sweeten a pitcher of lemonade for a delicious and interesting flavor combination.
- Use a few drops in a capsule as a dietary supplement to improve sleep quality for occasional sleeplessness.
- Add to a spoonful of honey and mix into warm water to create a tea and help ease occasional nervous tension as a supplement.
- Helpful References:
Young Living Product Summaries
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease