There are three things in my pantry that I simply can not live without these days.
1. Coconut Oil
2. Peppermint Essential Oil from Young Living
3. Lavender Essential Oil from Young Living
With these three things, I can do everything. They are magic in a bottle, seriously.
Let me tell you all about why I am so desperately in love with Lavender.
“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 complement your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.” [Young Living]
BUG REPELLENT: Lavender has a potent smell that wards off many unwanted bugs including mosquitos. Rubbing a few drops of Lavender oil on exposed skin will keep pests away.
BUG BITES & SKIN IRRITATIONS: According to Texas-based dermatologist Dr. Naila Malik, lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness that occurs as a result of many skin irritations and insect bites.
SLEEP: Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to calm the mind. Rub a couple of drops on your feet, temples and/or wrists for an immediate calming effect on the body and a great sleep aid. You can also rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
ANTI-FUNGAL: “Scientists from the University of Coimbra found that lavender oil is lethal to skin-pathogenic strains known as dermatophytes, as well as various Candida species. The study, published in Journal of Medical Microbiology,found that lavender oil kills fungi by damaging their cell walls (a mechanism that I believe could apply to bacteria and viruses as well). The best part is that this oil does not cause resistance, unlike antibiotics.” [Mercola.com].
For more about this topic, “Lavender Oil Has Potent Antifungal Effect.”
RINGWORM, RASHES & CUTS: A drop on a cut can help to stop bleeding, clean the wound, and kill any bacteria. A drop on a rash or a case of ringworm can clear the inflicted area up in record time.
ACNE: Lavender oil is a gentle and soothing option to help calm skin and reduce blemishes at the same time. Incorporate lavender into your everyday beauty regimen to help prevent breakouts before they happen.
REDUCE WRINKLES: Make your own daily moisturizer by combining jojoba, almond or grapeseed oil with lavender essential oil.
ECZEMA & DERMATITIS: Dryness and other skin irritations can be effectively soothed and treated with Lavender Oil.
BURNS: You can use a few drops on minor burns that are caused from things such as small cooking burns. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds, cuts, and burns.
CHAPPED LIP RELIEF: Apply as needed to areas of chapped lips in the dry winter season to relieve dry, burning, chapping and to promote healing and moisturizing effects.
*Only use therapeutic grade oils. Be sure that your bottle does not say for external use only.
FABRIC FRESHENER & DEODORIZER: Place a few drops on a laundry drier sheet to freshen laundry and naturally deodorize.
SUNBURN RELIEF: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a small handful of coconut oil and gently apply to sun burned skin for relief from stinging and to speed healing. (Diluting lavender oil in a few drops of almond or Jojoba oil also works well.)
STIMULATE URINE PRODUCTION: This helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieves cramps and other urinary disorders.
IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION: Lavender helps lower elevated blood pressure levels, and can be used for hypertension.
RELIEVE RESPIRATORY DISORDERS: Lavender oil can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer. (Mercola.com)
HEADACHES, MIGRAINES & MOTION SICKNESS: to help soothe headaches, migraines and motion sickness, gently massage a couple of drops into the temples.
STRESS RELIEF: Add a few drops to your bath water before soaking or to your body wash in the shower. You can also add a few drops to a humidifier, vaporizer or diffuser.
MUSCLE OR JOINT PAIN: Add a few drops to any carrier oil (coconut, almond, jojoba…) and massage into sore muscles and joints to help relieve pain and stiffness.
FOOT SOAK: Add a few drops of Lavender oil to warm water and soak feet (or hands) to relieve aches and refresh, revive and help heal tired skin.
SPRAIN OR INJURY RELIEF: Soak a towel in a bowl of water infused with a few drops of lavender oil to create a warm compress. Apply this to sprains or muscle injuries for relief.
HEALTHY HAIR: It helps kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment. [Mercola.com]
IMPROVE DIGESTION: “This oil helps stimulate the mobility of your intestine and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting, and diarrhea.” [Mercola.com]
CULINARY USES: Lavender delivers a floral, slightly sweet and elegant flavor to salads, soups, meat and seafood dishes, desserts, cheeses, baked goods and confectionery.
“Wherever and however Lavender is used in food preparation it extends beyond its familiar fragrance to a rich yet delicate flavor to host of recipes only limited by the imagination.” [lavendersensecom]
*Check out “The Lavender Cookbook” by Sharon Shipley