For our first oil to be discussed, I selected Lavender Essential Oil. This is an oil that I use on a daily basis in my household.
Why this one, you may ask, well it is simple. Lavender Essential oils is known as the Swiss army knife of essential oils or to more people the Queen of all Oils. It is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy.
Lavender essential oil is purported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects.
Throughout history, lavender has been cultivated for its flowers and oils and used both cosmetically and medicinally. A member of the Labiatae family, lavender is primarily used either dried or as an essential oil. Historical use includes documented activity as an antibacterial, antifungal, carminative, sedative, and antidepressant. Lavandula angustifolia, Mill. is the most common species of lavender utilized for health purposes. Lavender is native to the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, Russia, and Africa.
Ancient Persians, Greeks, and Romans added the flowers to their bathwater to help wash and purify their skin.
Did you know that the word “lavender” comes from the Latin word” lavare,” which means “to wash.”
Phoenicians, Arabians, and Egyptians used lavender as a perfume, as well as for mummification – mummies were wrapped in lavender-dipped garments. In Greece and Rome, it was used as an all-around cure, while in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, it was scattered all over stone castle floors as a natural disinfectant and deodorant. Lavender was even used during the Great Plague of London in the 17th century. People fastened lavender flowers around their waists, believing it will protect them from the Black Death.
Another interesting fact is that lavender is part of the mint family.
Young Living has three farms that grow lavender, located in Utah, Idaho, and France.
Lavender is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant, and it takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15 ml bottle of Lavender essential oil. In ancient Greece, Pedanius Dioscorides, a physician pharmacologist and botanist, praised the many qualities and uses of lavender. You can find Lavender essential oil in many Young Living blends, including Stress Away, Tranquil, RutaVaLa, Forgiveness, and Harmony.
I believe that using natural oils like lavender oil is one of the best holistic tactics that you can incorporate in your life. However, there are a few important guidelines to remember when using lavender oil.
Using diluted lavender oil topically or in aromatherapy is generally considered safe for most adults, but may not be recommended for children. Applying pure lavender oil to your skin (especially open wounds) may also cause irritation, so I recommend infusing it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil or V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
Be careful not to rub lavender oil in your eyes and mucous membranes. If this happens, wash it out immediately. Lavender oil may also cause allergic reactions in people with unusually sensitive skin, so do a patch test before using it. Simply apply a drop of lavender oil to your arm and see if any reaction occurs.
Lavender essential oil can be used topical by Applying 2–4 drops directly to desired area. I have found that dilution not always required, except for the most sensitive skin. And then of course aromatic by diffusing up to 1 hour 3 times daily. I normally put 3 drops in my Young Living diffuser, especially at night or when people are using crackers as this has helps my doggies and kitties a lot the last few times during Christmas and New Year’s.
Did you know that Lavender Essential Oil can:
Enhance/promote energy levels
Decrease/reduce/relieve mild joint aches and pains
Decrease/reduce/relieve mild rheumatic aches and pains
Decrease/reduce/relieve colic (wind/gas pain)
Decrease/reduce/relieve abdominal spasm Reduce occurrence of abdominal spasm
Decrease/reduce/relieve digestive spasms
Decrease/reduce/relieve mild muscle spasms/twitches
Decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of muscle sprain/strain
Adaptogen/Help body adapt to stress
Enhance/promote body adaptation to stress
Calms the mind
Decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of stress
Decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of mild anxiety
Reduce occurrence of symptoms of mild anxiety
Decrease/reduce/relieve headache symptoms
Decrease/reduce headache duration
Calmative/nervous system relaxant
Decrease/reduce/relieve mild nerve pain/neuralgia
Antiseptic for minor cuts and abrasions
Lavender is a great example of a middle note scent with benefits. This go-to middle note oil is often used to reduce stress, help with sleep and instill a feeling of calm.
Which oils do Lavender Essential Oil blend well?
There are lots of essential oils that are good to mix with lavender, it really depends on what you will use it for and/or what essential oils you find enjoyable. The nice thing about Lavender is that it is a multipurpose essential oil so it can blend with just about anything.
I love blending my oils to make a smell or product that works for me. Try blending your oils and share with us what works best for you.
Lavender is an example of a middle note. Middle note essential oils are often used to achieve calm, reduce pain and improve the health of the skin.
BASE NOTES describe the oils that stay with you the longest. They have heavy molecules that take much longer to evaporate. Base notes add depth and richness to a blend as well as acting as an anchor for the entire perfume.
Some application ideas for you:
· Add a few drops to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products for a classic aroma and more youthful complexion.
· Add 4 drops of Lavender and 1 cup of Epsom salt to a bath to create a relaxing environment.
· Unwind in the evening with a calming, Lavender-infused neck or back massage.
· Use Lavender as part of a bedtime routine by rubbing it on the bottoms of your feet or diffusing it next to your bed.
· Add it to V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex (available at our shop) and apply topically to soothe the skin after a day in the sun as well as messaging into your skin as a relief for muscle or joint pain. It also works well for skin conditions like burns, acne, and wounds.
· To treat mild headaches and migraines – massage 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil directly into the temples. Lavender oil is mildly analgesic and so this can really help to sooth the pounding in your head before, or in addition to, reaching for the pharmaceutical pain killers. You can also use Lavender Essential Oil with Peppermint Essential Oils for mild headaches and migraines
· Place a couple of drops of Lavender on a dryer ball and place inside a suitcase before you go on your next adventure. This will help your clothing smelling fresh for the whole trip.
· Want to refresh your carpets, add 10 drops of lavender to a half of baking soda, put on your carpets and vacuum.
· Add a 1 drip of lavender essential oil to your mascara tube to encourage healthy and long lashes.
· Add a few drops of lavender essential oil with cedarwood essential oil and witch hazel to assist with hair growth.
· Apply lavender essential oil to those pesky red spots to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Some Diffuser blends:
Want your home to smell fresh and clean:
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
3 drops Thieves Essential Oil
Need some help to sleep tonight:
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Copaiba Essential Oil
3 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Want to start your day:
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Want to create an Ocean Breeze:
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
2 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Young Living have a very good range of oils for kiddies that also have lavender essential oil in them.
· Dreamland is only a few drops away with Gentle Baby essential oil. It is known as a kind and caring scent formulated with the littlest members of your family in mind. Like a bottle of lullabies, the relaxing floral notes can help the whole family unwind together. Gentle Baby is made with a combination of Coriander, Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine and Rose.
· Kidscents Refresh Essential Oil is a gentle blend of Eucalyptus, Palo Santo, and R.C., and supports the feeling of normal, clear breathing during times of discomfort. Formulated for children aged 2 years and up, this blend can be applied directly to chests or throats. The natural, relaxing, and soothing vapours also help promote wellness when inhaled and inspire calm breathing.
· Kidscents DreamEase Essential oil Blend is the ultimate oil to help your child settle in for the night. Packed with the relaxing scents of Lavender and Roman Chamomile – along with a few other pure essential oils, it is a sure win for a restful night of sleep.
The combination of naturally calming aromas help create a serene atmosphere along with an aroma that helps your child unwind at the end of the day, making for less fuss and more cuddles before bed. Try massaging this oil into their skin directly before a nap or bedtime and allow them to enjoy the peaceful aroma. A cool tip is to rub it under their feet because this helps the oil absorb into the body faster plus – it can be a fun activity for you and your kiddies!
How I use my Lavender Essential Oils:
I use my oils with almost everything I do.
Lavender essential oil is one of the oils I add to my day and night cream.
I use it with any scrapes or injuries me or my kids have. I have used it a lot with my mother if she fell and have a bump or blue spots.
I use if with my animals over the days where people like to use fireworks. I diffuse it in the room they are with me (but always make sure that the oils you use are safe for your animals and that they have a way to leave the room if they do not like the oil). An extra benefit is that the oil also calms we, so with all the stressful days I have I always pop some lavender in my diffuser, especially at work.
I battle to sleep and stay asleep, so I have a cream infused with my Lavender Essential Oil that I put under my feet. I also put the oil neat (clean without any carrier oil) on my temples and a few drops on my pillow.
When you buy your Essential Oil:
Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA and do not have to meet any purity standards. When purchasing essential oils, look for a supplier who either distills their own material or deals directly with reputable distillers, and uses gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to analyze the quality of the product.
When buying pure lavender essential oil, check the label for its Latin name, Lavandula angustifolia. No other oils or ingredients should be listed. If you see another oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil, the lavender is diluted and should not be used in a diffuser.
Essential oils should be packaged in a dark amber or cobalt bottle and stored out of sunlight.
Why should my Essential Oils be kept in glass bottles and plastic bottles?
Because of its highly reduced and raw nature, essential oil seriously damages plastic. Plastic is porous in most circumstances, and its flexible and light nature makes it quick and easy to produce. It also makes this material highly susceptible to rapid erosion and disintegration when left to soak in essential oil.
As always with any oils we use, keep your oils out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. It is always best to follow all directions on your oil label and package.
There is still a lot of studies being done on essentials oils and how they can help us. Here are some examples of studies done on Lavender essential oil that I found very interesting.
· A study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology found that lavender oil could be effective in combating antifungal-resistant infections. The researchers found that the oil was lethal to a range of strains that can cause disease in the skin. In the study, the essential oils distilled from the Lavandula genus of the lavender plant seemed to work by destroying the membranes of fungal cells. The study showed that Lavandula oil is potent and demonstrates antifungal activity on a wide spectrum.
· A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine compared the effects of several treatments for wound healing.