It takes 27 square feet of Lavender (organically farmed in the fields of Utah & Provence, France) to make one 15ml bottle of Young Living's Lavender essential oil. It's not only highly concentrated, but extremely pure. Did you know that most products sold in the United States that are labeled "Lavender" or "Lavender Scented" are actually comprised of a low-grade, synthetic fragrance or Lavandin, a hybrid that is often cut with synthetic linalyl acetate to improve the fragrance before solvents are added to increase the volume? The therapeutic benefits and safety between perfume-grade oils labeled as "Lavender" and Young Living's 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Lavender, are literally night and day. One should carefully examine the source of their essential oils as well as the Grades of Oils, before engaging in the therapeutic use of essential oils. In fact, if you use Lavender as instructed in this post, it is imperative that you use only 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, certified by AFNOR (Association French Normalization Organization Regulation) or ISO (International Standards Organization).
As soon as I say the word "lavender" in a crowd, the collective "ahhhh, I love lavender" is never far behind. After reading this post, there will be no need to explain this oil's position on my Top 11 Essential Oils for Every Pantry list. There's plenty of medical research to encourage our infatuation for this relaxing scent, and even more ongoing research on the growing number of ways this one plant can support our health. It's definitely no simple task to summarize the ways in which our "Swiss Army Knife of Oils" contributes to our daily well-being, but I have managed to generalize the three most consistent uses in my household: Allergy Management, Skincare, and Relaxation therapy.
Seasonal allergies have been a serious frustration in my life since I can remember. I am sensitive to a long list of irritants, including: mold, ragweed, mountain cedar, and a variety of grasses. Daily doses of prescription allergy medications combined with corticosteroid nasal spray, multiple times a day, still didn't provide me with with the relief that I have found from my daily use of lavender oil in a roll-on, taken internally, and diffused while indoors. The cherry on top being, of course, that lavender does not come with a long list of side-effects, cause damage to organs after prolonged use, or weaken your immune system. In fact, it does quite the opposite, all while providing relief from sinus inflammation and irritation. When combined with a few other oils with similar talents, it makes for a great .
Soothing Roll-On: Topical
15ml Amber Glass Roll-On bottle (or an empty Young Living bottle with an Aroma Glide Roller Fitment)
60 drops of Lavender EO
50 drops of Lemon EO
40 drops of Peppermint EO
Fill remaining space with carrier oil
**For an extra boost of relief, add 30 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata to the above list!
Lavender, Lemon, & Peppermint Trio: Dietary
Fill the large end of a 00 veggie capsule with 3 drops each of the above trio of oils. Fill the remaining space with olive oil. Take twice a day with water.
For the Diffuser: Aromatic
2-3 drops of each of the above mentioned oils, as often as needed during the day or through the night.
In my home, lavender is our go-to essential oil for anything skincare related. I make my own body wash, whipped body butter, lotion bars, sugar scrubs, baby wipes; diaper rash, boo-boo, & bug-bite ointments, burn cream/spray, deodorant, sunscreen, sugar scrubs, bath salts, and facial moisturizer. The common ingredient in each of those skin-loving recipes: lavender essential oil. Lavender is known for its instant ability to sooth when applied topically. It's gentle enough to apply neat when needed, and exemplifies the defensive capabilities of nature with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory constitution. *Lavender has also shown to promote the healing and repair of damaged cells. The aroma is gentle, uplifting and just floral enough to make all of my skincare products spa-worthy.
1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Organic and Unrefined)
20 drops of Lavender EO
10 drops of Melrose Essential Oil blend
Apply twice daily
Diaper Rash Ointment:
1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Organic and Unrefined)
1/4 cup Shea Butter (Organic and Unrefined)
40 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
In-Shower Lotion Bars:
1 cup melted Coconut Oil (organic and unrefined)
1 cup melted Mango Butter, Shea Butter, or Cocoa Butter (organic and unrefined)
30 drops each of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium
Mix together and pour into a silicone treat mold and place in refrigerator to set overnight. Store in 75 degree or cooler temps.
Let's discuss Lavender & aromatherapy. Lavender is one of the most heavily researched essential oils in production, likely due to the remarkable way in which the aroma triggers relaxation in our brains. When people say, "ahhhh, I love lavender," it's an extremely biological response to our sense of smell. As you likely know, certain scents inspire energy, excitement, or motivate us to move, while others do the opposite. Lavender is known for its ability to trigger the portion of the brain that controls the release of serotonin, a feel-good hormone that is meant to help us relax. It's commonly used to reduce anxiety, relieve stress, and aid the restless sleeper. Plenty of peer-reviewed medical journals and professionals support the use of lavender as a safe and effective aromatherapy. As I have mentioned before, our oldest child is on the autism spectrum and frequently struggles with high anxiety and difficulty transitioning. We have used Lavender, in conjunction with other oils (Vetiver and Cedarwood, primarily) to significantly reduce his anxiety and increase his ability to focus.
As always, be careful to select 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to be sure you are breathing, lathering, and consuming only the safest and purest of oils. Understanding the different Grades of Oils is paramount when learning to live an essential oil-infused lifestyle.
To read more about the oils we use in my household, read this post about Young Living Essential Oils.
* 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.
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