I truly believe in the power of nature and the health benefits we can gain from using therapeutic grade essential oils. Essential oils are a great tool to have in your toolbox to help you proactively use nature in your everyday life. Today we are going to shine the spotlight on lavender.
Fun fact: It takes 27 square feet of lavender plant to make one 15-ml bottle of Lavender oil!
Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile of all essential oils. In 1910, lavender was discovered by the French scientist, Rene’ Gattefosse’, to regenerate skin cells and speed up wound healing after severe burns. Today, lavender is still listed in the British Pharmacopoeia. Not only can it help with skin issues, but it has also been clinically evaluated for its calming and relaxing effects by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This therapeutic-grade essential oil is a true powerhouse!
There are plenty of ways you can experience the benefits of Lavender essential oil. Young Living shares the following examples and methods.
1. Calming/Sleep Aid: Rub Lavender oil on feet and palms.
2. Bee Sting / Insect Bite: Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite.
3. Minor Burn and Sunburns: Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burns.
4. Cuts: Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
5. Eczema / Dermatitis. Mix several drops of Lavender oil with coconut or other oil and use topically.
6. Dry / Chapped Skin. Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
7. Chapped / Sunburned Lips. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
8. Deodorant. Rub 2-4 drops Lavender oil over armpit area to act as a deodorant.
9. Dandruff. Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help reduce white flakes caused by dandruff.
10. Moths & Insects. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet.
11. Water Fountains. Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air and prolong the time between cleanings.
12. Sweeten Laundry. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
13. Cold Sores. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.
14. Allergies. Diffuse Lavender oil to help with air in your environment.
15. Sunburn. Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn.
16. Rashes. Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to the area.
Personally, I love to make lip balm and shower gel out of lavender plus diffuse it with orange. Oh, lavender, lemon and peppermint is a great combination as well. In what ways do you use lavender?
If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will personally answer your questions and walk you through how you can tailor the use of essential oils to your life…for your needs.
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