Following the series of “Around Our Home,” I’d like to share with you how we use Young Living’s Lavender essential oil.
CALMING/RELAXATION/SLEEP: Lavender is such a calming essential oil. I love to mix with a little water in a spray bottle and spritz on bedding and pillows to help with sleep at night. I’ve seen it at work in a family member who was experiencing anxiety as well. We reached for the lavender and applied to the back of neck and inside of forearms and saw the effects of how peaceful and relaxing this person became. Another one of my favorite ways to use lavender for calming and relaxation is in the bath. This homemade bath fizzy recipe is one we all enjoy and when taken in the evening can help with a good night’s sleep. Speaking of good night’s sleep, this essential oil is also one we use when having trouble sleeping. We like to apply to the bottoms of our feet on nights that we seem to have a little trouble unwinding. It helps calm us down so that we can relax and fall into a restful sleep.
RASHES: When we’ve experienced rashes in our home, we’ve reached for lavender. We are aware of it’s gentle, yet powerful abilities to soothe and calm skin irritations. When in doubt, we reach for the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils aka Lavender.
ITCHING EYES/ALLERGIES: I have suffered with allergies for as long as I can remember. I relied on OTC medications to help me through the seasonal changes and yet they left me feeling groggy, tired, irritable, and shaky at times. Ever since I learned about lavender and it’s benefits in regards to allergies I have carried a bottle in my purse. Here are a few posts I have shared in regards to our personal experiences with Young Living’s lavender and allergies.
INSECT REPELLENT: We have applied lavender straight to the backs of our necks and around our ankles when out in the evening and the mosquitoes are out. On night’s when I’m prepared, I will make a spray with water and a few drops of lavender essential oil to spray on and around us to keep insects at bay.
SUNBURNS/BLISTERS: Lavender essential oil is soothing and healing to the skin. When I pair it with aloe vera or coconut oil and apply to a sunburn or blister, it calms the area and can help prevent scarring. Here is a sunburn recipe that I like to make.
STRESS: Stressful days can get the best of us, but when we are prepared and have lavender on hand, it can help with handling situations a little easier. Simply breathing it in directly from the bottle can do a world of wonders, or applying to the hands, cupping over the nose and inhaling works well too. Applying to the back of my neck and shoulders helps to ease tension that builds up when handling stress and I LOVE diffusing lavender throughout the day on days that I just need a little extra “help” with managing. Lavender is also wonderful when the kids are fussy and cranky. After all, we all have rough days.
SWELLING/BUMP & BRUISES: Lavender contains properties that can be beneficial to bringing down swelling. I love to use it on tired feet, or around my ankles if being on the road for a long period of time and my ankles swell up. It’s also one that we like to apply to “ouchie’s” when the kids have bumps and bruises from everyday play.
MENSTRUAL CRAMPS: Oh what sweet relief! I had read that lavender could be beneficial during menstruation when experiencing cramps and so decided to try it the next time my cycle occurred. I applied it to the lower abdomen and gently stroked it downward from my lower abdomen, down the front of my thighs. I also applied a little to my lower back. Did I mention that it was sweet relief? Yes, I believe I did. :)
COOKING: Lavender is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage and thyme. When using the actual Lavender plant, the leaves and flowers can be used fresh and the buds and stems can be used dried. Lavender essential oil is a way to get the best use from the plant through the distilled process of retrieving the oil. It is best used with fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage and savory. For some recipes using lavender, click here.
CLEANING: Lavender contains some bacteria busting properties and is one of many essential oils that can be beneficial when cleaning the home. (Makes it smell nice too! SCORE!) Here are some homemade household cleaning ideas for your lavender essential oil.
There are many other uses for using lavender essential oil around the home, this is just a few ways that we use it in ours. I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your daily life so please leave a comment sharing your favorite use for lavender essential oil.