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*Disclaimer: I am not a health professional and essential oils are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.*
Lavender oil has found itself to be an essential staple to any natural living household stemming back thousands of years. It’s flowery, aromatic scent makes it a pleasant resident to any person or home and it’s properties offer up tons of versatile uses and benefits that have been referenced throughout history!
Lavender oil is known far and wide as calming. As someone who suffers from anxiety issues, I’ve all but drank it straight in an effort to calm my anxious feelings. It really works best in this way, I’ve found, when you ingest it or rub it on the bottoms of your feet!
Recently, I discovered that for a select few, Lavender has the opposite effect. In which case, a switch to Bergamot should be a great substitute!
I love lavender for other uses as well. It’s been helping the breakouts I’ve been plagued with since I became pregnant, helped me get rid of a cold sore and I’m starting to acquire a taste for it as well.
Like everything else, some testing and trial and error often have to take place for us to figure out what works for us personally. What works for one, may not for another. What works for many may have opposite effects for a few. Test it out and find your love for it where it fits.
Why Brand Matters
Essential oils are neither a drug nor a supplement. This means they fall into an unregulated limbo open to many scammers. There are tons of “essential oils” out there that aren’t what they say they are. ‘Essentially’ they’re producing these little bottles of synthetic chemicals and fragrances and labeling them “Lavender essential oil” or whichever one their trying to pass it off as.
These fake ones don’t carry the benefits or properties of the actual oil and can cause irritation or other unforeseeable and unwanted side effects. Never opt for the cheap ones at your local grocery store. When it comes to your health, always go with a traceable, reliable source.
After doing tons of research when I first decided to invest in some oils, I chose DoTERRA. Not only are they trustable and pure in their products, but they also ethically and responsibly source all of their herbs and materials and do lots of humanitarian work. All things wonderful in my book.
Lavender Oil Properties:
- Antispasmodic (Relieving of spasms)
- Analgesic (Relieving of pain)
Uses for Lavender oil:
- Moisturize Skin
- Restful sleep (Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet)
- Eyelash growth (add to mascara)
- Alleviate dark circles
- Minor skin irritations
- Grounding (diffuse)
- Healthier hair (add to shampoo)
- Fresh smelling laundry (Place on dryer balls)
- Soothe sore muscles (Add to a bath with epsom salt)
- Seasonal allergies
- Menstrual cramps (topically)
- Minor Burns
- Motion sickness (place on tongue or behind ears)
- Cold sores
- Headaches (diffuse or add to temples)
- Insect bites
- Insect Repellant
- Tighten skin
- Sunburn (add to carrier with peppermint)
- Digestion (add to water)
- Stomach ache (add to water)
- Fade scars
- Ear infection relief (add to warm compress, hold to ear)
- Kills lice & eggs
- Lift mood
- Balance emotions
- Stress relief / release tension
- Minimizes bleeding
- Add to DIY products for boosted benefits
- Cooking/ drinks for flavor
- Balance blood sugar
- Cools Itch
- Teething (dilute with carrier)
- Soothing razor burn
- Healthier nails (add to cuticle cream)
- Add to pillows and bedding for sleep promotion/relaxation
- Place inside toilet paper roll for floral aroma to the room
- Combine in spray bottle with water for a natural room spray
- Add to bath for a relaxing spa treat
- Add to massage oil for relaxing aroma therapy benefits
- Chakra healing (Crown, Third Eye & Throat)
Oils that compliment Lavender:
- Citrus Bliss
If you’re looking for aid in sleep, I’d recommend Serenity Soft gels. Also available via the button below.
How to Use
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- Lavender is native to the old world. Originating along the lands of the Mediterranean.
- It’s mentioned in the Bible and was said to be in the Garden of Eden.
- It was widely used in Ancient Roman and Egyptian cultures for various medicinal and ritual practices.
- The Romans introduced it to England where it became a royal herb.
- During the Black Death it was widely ingested to protect the uninfected from contracting the disease (no word on if that was successful or not) and as an aid in covering up the smell of the sick and dying.
- It was also widely used on the battlefields during World War I in caring for wounded soldiers.
- People tend to love the scent of Lavender but bugs detest it, making it a great repellent, but bees love it!
- There are Lavender festivals in many parts of the world where the plant grows wild.
- Lavender is part of the mint family.
- It takes 35lbs of Lavender to make one bottle of Lavender essential oil.
- There are several different varieties of Lavender, most of which are purple or blue but some can be pink or white!