Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lavender - Swiss Army Knife

Lavender is one of my absolute favorite essential oils included in the Premium Starter Kit. It has so many incredible uses that it's often called the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils. Not only is it calming, but it is soothes discomfort, nourishes the skin, and supports optimal health and wellness in almost every area of the body. Best of all, it is generally considered safe for children and safe for human consumption,* which is why it is a principal constituent in my DIY Skin Spray. Except for those with sensitive skin and children under the age of 2, this oil can be applied neat or undiluted and in higher concentrations.

Young Living says: "Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. Lavender essential oil may compliment your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. "

Lavender's primary properties are soothing and relaxing. This makes it excellent for supporting the respiratory system, which is why it's included in the respiratory care R.C. blend. It is also indispensable in supporting emotional balance, mental health, and restful sleep, which is why it's a constituent of the infamous Stress Away blend. "Calming, relaxing, and balancing, both physically and emotionally. Lavender has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity. University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. ... A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness" (Essential Oils Pocket Reference, 84). No wonder these two blends and Lavender on its own always manage to calm and soothe me.

Of course, the multitude of uses does not stop there. Besides calming and soothing, I use Lavender most often to support skin and hair health. I add it to shampoo, conditioner, soap, and my facial wash. It is the most used oil in my DIY products. It can also be found in the majority of Young Living's personal care products and emotional healing blends.

Specific Blends & Uses:
  • Create a Facial Cleanse & Moisturizer spray by combining Lavender with Purification, Geranium, Melaleuca Alternifolia, and Frankincense. This blend is excellent for cleansing, calming, and supporting healthy restoration of any skin abnormality.
  • Create a Hair Serum - Anti-Frizz Detangler Spray by combining Lavender with Geranium, Stress Away, and Cedarwood to support hair health, texture, and growth.
  • Create an Outdoors Spray by combining Lavender with Carrot Seed, Frankincense, and Peppermint to soothe and cool the skin.
  • Create a soothing and kid friendly Skin Spray by combining Lavender with Frankincense and Melaleuca Alternifolia (feel free to substitute Copaiba for Melaleuca if needed).
  • Diffuse with Copaiba to support restful sleep and general wellness.
  • Diffuse with Peppermint and Lemon to support mental alertness and the respiratory system. 
  • Diffuse with Thieves or Purification to purify the air and create a calm, centered atmosphere
  • Take as a dietary supplement with Thieves, Frankincense, and Copaiba to support the immune system.
  • Take as a dietary supplement with Frankincense, Copaiba, Lemon, and/or DiGize to calm, uplift, and support the digestive system.
  • Combine in a roll-on blend with PanAway and Copaiba to soothe discomfort, calm, and cool.
  • Add to personal care products to support healthy skin and hair.
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*Disclaimer: This post is NOT intended as medical advice of any kind because I am not a doctor. These statements have not been tested or evaluated by the FDA and so they are NOT intended to cure, treat, or prevent disease. Caution should be exercised with first time oil use - skin patch tests prior to use and dilution with carrier oil - especially in children. Children, especially under the age of 6, should never ingest essential oils without advice of a healthcare professional since they are concentrated and potent. If you are under the care of a physician, nursing, taking prescription medication, or pregnant please consult your doctor prior to use. Keep essential oils out of reach of children.

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