Saturday, April 13, 2013

Lavender Essential Oil


Lavender essential oil is one of my favorite oils and smells wonderful. I use this oil the most on myself and my family. Lavender (lavandula augustifolia), is known as the swiss army knife of essential oils because of it's versatility. It is known for being an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, a diuretic, and has sedative properties. Some of it's primary benefits are it can balance and normalize body functions, promote tissue regeneration, speed up wound healing, can sooth and relax the mind and body, can ease body aches and pains, and can clean cuts, bruises and skin irritations. 

Several years ago lavender was mentioned at (chron.com), in a reference to a study reporting just five minutes of exposure to a mild lavender scent helped curb the release of cortisol, a stress hormone that can trigger inflammation and lead to premature aging. Other studies are reported to demonstrate lavender's support in fighting insomnia and working as a calming agent. Lavender also has antiseptic properties and can be used to calm headaches when rubbed onto the temples.

I have had so many positive experiences with lavender. Anytime my kids fall down and get hurt, I put lavender oil on their scratches or wounds. It stops the bleeding and speeds up healing. A year ago my 3 year old son was jumped on by some small dogs which left scratches and a small bruise. I applied lavender oil diluted with coconut oil to his wounds. The next day the scratches were mostly gone and the bruise looked like it had been healing for several days. I was amazed. 

I also had another experience last year where my youngest son pushed his older sister off the stage at church and cut her chin open. I should say it filleted open, it was awful looking! A friend and I glued it together with liquid skin, but I was really concerned about the wound re-opening and if it would leave a huge scar. I put a drop of lavender oil on her wound twice a day and about 5 days later when we removed the bandage, it had healed completely. A year later you would never know what happened, there is only a small indentation below her chin where it was cut.

Lavender can also help with allergies. Anytime I get hay fever or itchy eyes, I rub a drop of diluted lavender oil on my cheeks and within minutes my eyes feel better. You can also put a drop under your tongue. (I would only recommend using doTERRA oils internally.)

Last year during a family reunion my neice came home with a bad sunburn after a day of fishing. I had her rub lavender oil diluted with coconut oil over the red areas and the next day she was surprised at how the redness had faded, it wasn't peeling, and didn't hurt. The next day her sister wished she would have used it.

Here are some of the many ways you can use lavender essential oil:
  1. Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops to the affected area.
  2. Apply a drop to minor wounds to stop bleeding, disinfect, and speed healing.
  3. Rub one or two drops on your palms and spread on your pillow for a restful night of sleep.
  4. Inhale to soothe and relax the body and mind.
  5. Place a few drops on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  6. May be able to minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging the oil on or around affected areas.
  7. Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects.
  8. Rub oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area.
  9. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
  10. Rub Lavender oil on the feet for a calming effect on the body.
  11. Mix several drops of Lavender oil with olive or coconut oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
  12. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops.
  13. To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue, around the navel or behind the ears.
  14. To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil on and around the affected area.
  15. Rub 1-2 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant
  16. Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
  17. Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.

 To buy lavender essential oil, go to mydoterra.com/samtaggart




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