So you have received some Lavender essential oil in your starter pack? Here is what to do with it
I’ve been a doTERRA Wellness Advocate for 2 years now.I’ve become aware that there is quite a lot of backlash against Wellness Advocates prescribing essential oils to people while not being qualified aromatherapists themselves. So over the last month or so I have started to study for an aromatherapy qualification.
One of the homework tasks I have been set is to become really familiar with all of the oils that I have – their uses, benefits and chemical make up, so that I can prescribe oils with experience and knowledge.
It makes perfect sense to me, that as I learn about each oil, I should share my findings with you, and so I intend to blog about all the oils in my collection, and I’m starting with Lavender
Lavender Essential Oil
I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of lavender. I have a big lavender bush in my garden and I love when the flowers come out and the bush is fill of pollinating bees. On a hot summers night, the scent is intoxicating, and I always harvest the flowers each year, dry them and bring them into the house. Lavender is definitely a calming soothing scent with peaceful memories attached, for me. I think many people would agree.
So, it’s no surprise to read that Lavender is considered to be a calming, relaxing oil, which combats stress and crisis, In addition, its antiseptic properties help with colds, flu and other ailments. It is excellent for asthma and migraines. Apart from that it supports female health and is beneficial to the skin.
Properties of Lavender oil
Lavender oil has a light fresh aroma, is clear in colour and watery in viscosity. It is an evergreen woody shrub about 1 meter high, with grey-green narrow linear leaves and purple-blue flowers, perched on a long stem. The main producer of Lavender is France although it grows throughout Europe and beyond
The name is derived from the Latin word ‘lavera’ which means ‘to wash’ and the Romans used it frequently in their bath routine, and it is said to have been introduced by them into England, where it soon was a firm favourite.
It was a favourite for strewing on the floor, since it released an aroma when walked upon and it is often used these days in toilet water, as an insecticide or in sachets to be placed between linen. It is also used to clean wounds and to treat burns.
Uses of Lavender oil
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
- Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
- Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
- Use in cooking to soften citrus flavours and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
- Rub. 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
- Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
- Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
- To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
- Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin. (do not use the oil neat on broken skin)
- Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.Alternatively, mix it with lemon and peppermint for a blend that helps against seasonal allergies
- Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
- Lavender oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscular aches and pains, especially those associated with sport
- On the skin, lavender oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for all types of skin problems such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings and also acts as an insect repellent
- Lavender oil is one of the few essentials oils that can be used neat on the skin, and this is especially useful when treating a minor burn wound.
- You can make homemade body scrub with lavender oils and dried lavender
Blended massage oil or in the bath
Lavender oil can be used as a massage oil or diluted in the bath, for abdominal pains, allergies, anorexia, arthritis, bowel disorders, fatigue, hay fever, headaches, insomnia, moodiness, trauma, anxiety, depression, hysteria, nightmares, fear, irritability, nervous tension, stress and just for the plain pleasure of relaxing in such a fragrant surrounding.
Cream or lotion
When it is used in a cream or lotion, it is most helpful with relieving burns, Its cicatrisant properties help the skin heal faster and the cytophylactic properties will help it do so with less scarring. The soothing and anti-inflammatory action of lavender oil will also have a balancing action on the skin and can be used for dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, boils, carbuncles and acne. When employing the anti-inflammatory action of this oil, use in concentrations of less than 1%. Furthermore, it will help ease the pain of sunburn and sunstroke and will also counter the itching effect of insect bites.
The therapeutic properties of lavender oil are antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and vulnerary.
Essential oil blends incorporating Lavender oil
These bends are for a 10ml roller ball topped up with fractionated coconut oil
Memory enhancer: 4 drops Lavender, 3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Cinnamon
Anti Allergy 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Lemon 5 drops Peppermint
Easy Sleep: 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops Vetiver, 2 drops Ylang-ylang
Anti-anxiety: 12 drops Lavender 12 drops Frankincense
Clear skin: 10 drops Lavender 10 drops Frankincense 10 drops Sandalwood
Anti-ageing: 3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Lavender., 3 drops Cypress
Headache: 3 drops Frankincense 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Lavender
Focus: 10 drops Vetiver, 10 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Lavender ,1 drop Peppermint
Cough: 5 drops Easy Air blend, 5 drops Lavender
Bugs away: 10 drops Purify, 10 drops Peppermint, 10 drops Lavender