Spotlight Oil: Lavender

 

Lavender

Lavender oil is created from a steam distilled process using  a perennial, bushy shrub with a flowery top.  I tried growing these a few years ago and unfortunately, they did not have a flowery top when I got through with them.  (I am not known for my green thumb.)  Thankfully, Young Living has three farms that are dedicated to growing this versatile plant for me.    The scent of Lavender is clean, fresh, relaxing.
 
Known as the Swiss Army Knife of oils, Lavender essential oil is a very handy oil to keep in your supply.  It is so versatile that it is likened to having a first aid kit, sleep aid, perfume, and pick-me-up all rolled into one bottle.  It is one of the gentlest of all the essential oils, but also one of the most powerful.  It is so popular that many avid essential oil users will say, “When in doubt, try lavender”.  
 
Historically the Greeks used lavender as a perfume. The Romans used it in their baths for its cleansing qualities, and to deter insects. The Egyptians used lavender as an ingredient in incense and perfume.  Even Queen Elizabeth I used Lavender in her tea to soothe her tension.  Today all those benefits are available to us, along with many others.
 
What Are The Primary Benefits of Lavender?
  • Often known best for it calming and relaxing aroma
  • Provides comfort for skin irritation
  • Promotes faster recovery for damaged skin
  • Soothes tension
  • Provides support for the cardiovascular and nervous systems, emotions, and skin.
Ideas For Using Lavender Essential Oil
 
Sleep Support
This may arguably be what most people associate with Lavender essential oil and they wouldn’t be wrong.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, “What you breathe while you sleep, can affect how you feel the next day.”  Many studies have tracked sleep patterns in groups of men, women, and children, finding that those participants who sniffed or diffused Lavender before going to sleep or while sleeping, woke feeling more refreshed and rested than the participants who hadn’t.  If you haven’t already added a diffuser into your bedroom, let me suggest one.  Essential oils can play a huge part in adding a little additional support for your body while you sleep.
 
Calming
Lavender has been added to bath and baby products for years, because of its calming effects on the body.  Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms to draw the aroma all the way up into your your limbic system.  Your emotional control center will thank you. Diffuse 2-3 drops in your room diffuser, apply to your wrists, feet, or temples, add a few drops to a warm bath, or just breathe deep directly from the bottle to calm the mind and body.
 
Skin Relief and Support
Lavender is so incredible for your skin.  Not only can it help calm skin that has stayed too long in the sun during the summer, but a well placed bottle of lavender in your kitchen is pretty handy, too.  I have lost count how many times, this oil has helped me continue getting dinner on the table after my wrist got a little too friendly with an oven rack.  Our youngest child struggles with dry, cracked skin on her hands.  To provide relief we put a salve of Lavender, Shea butter, and coconut oil on her hands and have found it to be the best remedy that we have tried to help her poor little hands.  
Hair Care
Lavender can help provide a great moisturizing support for your scalp.  Add a few drops of oil to your shampoo and conditioner.  Even better, consider making the switch to Young Living’s Lavender shampoo.
Respiratory infections 
Lavender aromatherapy has been widely used for various types of  respiratory issues.  It can be diffused or applied topically to the neck, chest, or feet.
Keep the Creepy Crawlies Away
Place 2-3 drops of oil on a cotton ball and rub around window sills, door entries, and baseboards to keep insects away.  This remedy can also be used for you.  Before heading out to play, apply lavender to your skin for a pest free experience.
 
Laundry Aid
To freshen and deodorize your clothes, add a few drops of oil onto a wet cloth or wool dryer balls and place in the dryer with your clothes.  This eliminates the need for extra scented dryer sheets (which are terrible for you) and your sheets and towels will never smell better.
 
Freshen Drawers and Closets
For many years, bundles of dried lavender have been placed in closets to help keep clothes smelling fresh and keep moths away.  You can make your own drawer sachets using Lavender oil to keep your drawers and closets smelling sweet and fresh.
We have barely touched the surface of the many benefits of this oil.  Whether you are adding a flavor boost to your glass of lemonade or using lavender oil to benefit your skin, there is no wrong way to use this oil.
Fun Facts 
• Young Living has three farms that grow lavender, located in Utah, Idaho, and France. 
• Lavender is part of the mint family. 
• It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of lavender oil.

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