15 Practical Uses For Lavender Essential Oil

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January 2017

Elite Health & Wellness

with Nicole

Lavender Essential Oil

 

Lavender is an essential oil favorite.  It is extremely versatile, the list of uses is long.  It has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need.  It’s great for ALL ages – from tiny babies to the elderly.  You can almost never go wrong with lavender Essential Oil.

Essential Oils are not new.

They have actually been around for thousands of years.

There Are Three Major Ways To Use Essential Oils:

 

AROMATICALLY: Breathing the aroma of the oils in through your nose. The aroma of essential oils can have a positive impact on our mood and overall well-being and they can help purify the air naturally. There is a lot of research on the aromatic use of oils available. Besides inhaling essential oils right out of the bottle, you can diffuse essential oils in your home and your car. You could even place a drop or two on your hand, cup your hands over your nose and inhale that way. Some people enjoy wearing a drop of their favorite essential oil on a diffuser necklace. (Just like me!)

TOPICALLY: Wearing essential oils right on your skin. Essential oils have a small molecular size and are quickly absorbed. When applied topically, it’s in the body’s cells within 15-20 minutes, helping the body maintain optimal health at the cellular level.

There are two ways to topically use essential oils, neat and diluted.

Neat- undiluted, directly on the skin

Diluted-mixed with a vegetable oil like coconut oil, almond or olive oil or AKA carrier oil before putting on the skin.

*You should in general, dilute most essential oils before using them topically on a baby or small child.

INTERNALLY: My essential oil company of choice, Young Living has a line of essential oils labeled for internal use called: Vitality Essential Oil Line.

Internal use can help support the systems of the body and it’s a great way to maintain optimal health.

Body Systems Affected By Lavender:

Cardiovascular System, Emotional Balance, Nervous System, Skin

 

“So, When in doubt, use lavender”

15 Practical Uses For Lavender Essential Oil That You Can Use:

 

  1.  Take a Lavender Bath:  Drop a bit of lavender essential oil along with epsom salts to your bath water for an ultra-relaxing spa-like experience.
  2. Head To Toe Rest:  After a hard workout or a long day on your feet, rub lavender essential oil along with lemongrass on your legs and feet.  It will help soothe sore muscles and help you fully rest.
  3. Quick Fix:  Mix three parts fractionated coconut oil with one part lavender essential oil in a small spray bottle or roll on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing.  Great for little ones!
  4. Bring on the ZZZ’s:  Rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.
  5. Enjoy a Fresh & Clean Mattress:  Sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops lavender essential oil over your mattress.  Allow the mixture to sit for at least one hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up.  You can combine with drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove or Rosemary as well.
  6. Ouch! That’s hot:  The next time someone doesn’t realize the iron or the pan is still hot, apply Lavender essential oil to the affected area to soothe the skin irritation, relieve redness and ease swelling.
  7. Oatmeal Facial Scrub:  Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal and add 5-8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.  When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub!  A little goes a long way.
  8. A Sleepy Time Trick:  A few drops of Lavender Essential Oil placed on a pillow will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.  (My kiddo’s each got a diffuser for Christmas and we diffuse lavender in their bedrooms at night!)
  9. Flavor Twist:  Lavender adds a unique and delicious flavor to marinades, custards, breads, cookies, icings and even honey and syrup. (Try the entire vitality line for some amazing added flavors to almost everything you cook or bake or even drink!)
  10. Homemade Aftershave:  Use after shaving to soothe and soften skin and and to lessen the redness and burning caused by razor burn.
  11. Take the “Ouch Out”:  One drop of Lavender will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and abrasions, or after too much sun.
  12. Clear the Mind:  Apply Lavender Essential Oil to the temples and back of the neck to lessen the effects of stress and anxiety and to promote mental clarity.
  13. Care For Your Baby Belly:  Rub Lavender Essential oil onto an itchy tummy while pregnant.
  14. Therapeutic Dish and Laundry Soap:  If your liquid soap smells a bit flat (like mine-I get the plain, chemical and fragrance free stuff!), you can add Lavender Essential Oil for additional aromatherapy benefits.  It transforms your cleaning experience!
  15. Spring Time in your Dryer:  Instead of perfumed (chemical-toxic) dryer sheets – you can make a Lavender Essential Oil spray and lightly mist linens and clothing fresh out of the dryer.

*BONUS:  My favorite use of Lavender right now started as I attempted to relieve sore gums.  I put a drop of lavender vitality directly on my gums to relieve some new irritation that I was having but to my surprise I was almost instantly sleepy. Now, I use it before bed to get a luxurious night’s sleep.

Nicole Tatro

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