For over a year and a half now I have been using and loving essential oils. At first, I was a little skeptical and so I didn’t bother to share anything about them here. From where I stand today, I love them so much that it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t share my experiences with you! It is so easy to decide where to start , because Lavender oil is my absolute favorite of them all. I have many varied essential oils, but Lavender is my go-to oil and we benefit from it’s use every day in our home.
Lavender essential oil is my oil of choice for many reasons. It is a great oil to have on hand and reach for to treat all kinds of skin troubles, from scratches and minor cuts to mild burns,acne and allergic rashes. It is soothing, has antibacterial properties, and does a wonderful job of healing skin. Lavender is also considered relaxing, soothing, and balancing. Many people use lavender to help themselves relax and get a peaceful night’s sleep. This is accomplished through diffusing lavender and/or applying a few drops topically to the neck,temples or chest. Mix a few drops into your favorite face cream or lotion, or shampoo for skin soothing benefits.
My personal experience:
We have used lavender essential oil for both skin care and relaxation.
My toddler cut her finger badly on a measuring tape and it left a bumpy scar. Within a few weeks the scar is smoothed and barely noticeable. She still asks me to put oil on it, though!
I had an allergic reaction on my skin and I had applied Benadryl cream twice and had no improvement. I decided to give the lavender a try. Within 45 minutes of application, the allergic reaction was completely gone , the itch had stopped and the red raised areas were no longer visible. I was pretty impressed with the effectiveness.
We often use lavender at bed time to help both ourselves and our children relax and sleep well. My 10 year old son had been having trouble falling asleep, so we applied some lavender to the soles of his feet and neck. He slept like a baby. We now diffuse lavender in his room each night and if I forget , he comes and asks for it. He said he feels quite a difference in his ability to fall asleep and just last night I gave him his own bottle of lavender to keep next to his diffuser.
Put a couple drops of lavender oil in a neti pot to treat a mild sinus infection.
One more favorite way to use lavender essential oil is to use it in the bath by adding a few drops and a handful of Epsom salt to the water, or by using one of our homemade bath bombs that contain lavender oil. It’s very soothing and relaxing!
What are some ways that you use lavender? I am always looking for more ways to keep my family healthy naturally, so please share your tips with me!
*Note- I have chosen to use Young Living essential oils nearly exclusively because of the quality that goes into the product. I can’t say that the oils on store shelves will work as well , because they are often diluted and weakened. Trust me, I tried a few because I wanted to try the cheaper versions first, but you do get what you pay for, and they were weak and did not have the same results. There are other reputable companies out there and Young Living is not the only place to source true therapeutic oils, it is just where I have found the best quality for the best price. If you want to buy your oils elsewhere, make sure that you research the company and quality of your oils to be 100% pure essential oil and not just “pure essential oil” and that the oils are therapeutic grade before you ingest them!