As promised I am going to be doing an introduction to everyday essential oils.
I started off here a few weeks ago just introducing you to the idea of essential oils.
Like I had said, essential oils have sort of become the new “thing” lately, but I truly believe it is with good reason. Just last night my little guy had a stomach bug, I quickly covered him with a combination of oils and began diffusing some more, and he was quickly off to bed sleeping through the night without ever getting sick again. Could it be the placebo effect, maybe, but one thing that I know for sure is that they aren’t hurting anything, and that result has happened more times than not.
Back to the oil we are talking about today though.
This is sometimes referred to as the Swiss army knife of oils.
It’s gentle enough that anyone can use it, without dilution, and it’s one that most big brands have even introduced into their products.
Think Johnson and Johnson nighttime bath soap. I used this on my oldest two all the time when they were younger. Lavender is known for its calming properties and so this is just one of the many products that have included lavender for that very reason.
Lavender has so many uses really, I will list a lot of them, and then highlight my favorite uses.
Calming and sleep aid:: Like I said, this is probably the most well known benefit of this oil. I have mixed lavender in coconut oil and used it as an after bath lotion for the kids. It is so gentle and mild that you can use it head to toe, even on your youngest babe. You can also mix lavender oil with a little bit of water in a stainless steel spray bottle and spritz it on sheets or pillows to help for a restful nights sleep. I have even just rubbed a few dabs on the kids foreheads and wrists before bed, undiluted, and then rubbed my hand over their pillows and because of the potency and concentration of the oils, the pillows smell strongly of the scent. Diffuse lavender and enjoy the aroma and calming benefits any time of the day.
Dry chapped skin or eczema:: Like I said above, mixing about 5-6 drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil is a perfect combination providing not only calming benefits but also helps with dry chapped or irritated skin. I keep a mason jar full of the coconut oil/lavender oil combination in my medicine cabinet and use nightly as a face cream.
Cuts, scrapes, sunburns, and bug bites:: Going right along with the calming, dry chapped, or irritated skin relief, lavender oil also relieves the pain associated with cuts, scrapes, sunburns, and bug bites. Apply undiluted directly to the affected area and it will relief irritations almost immediately. This came in handy so much during our infestation of mosquito’s. The kids legs were covered in bites, and while I used to use every single hydro-cortisone cream out there, this oil was the only thing that I actually ever saw results from.
Nausea and Motion Sickness:: So that story up there, the one that happened last night. Well I rubbed a little peppermint and lavender oil on his belly and we didn’t have any more sickness. You can also rub a few drops behind the ears or a drop on the back of the tongue, and enjoy the same relief.
Earache:: While I thankfully have yet to try it for this reason, and hoping not to have to, mommas of young babes know that earaches usually tend to rear their ugly heads right as you lay your little one down to sleep. I am a firm believer of the breast milk remedy, and have seen this method work time and time again in my own children, but lavender oil is said to relieve pain from earaches. Simply massage a small amount on the skin surrounding the ear and it will bring relief.
Lavender can also be added to mascara to help increase growth of eyelashes, added to coconut oils for massages and for relaxation exercises, it can be added to recipes, and it can be used in homemade laundry soap and deodorant.
Honestly, the uses of lavender oil can go on and on. There are so many amazing benefits of this oil, and I hear new ones every day.
I hope you hear my heart in this series. I in no way would share anything on this space that I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in or love. Time is getting full and busy in my home, and it is taking away from my time on here, so I have made it a priority to only share things that are meaningful, things that are worth me carving time out of my life for. And this friends, has impacted my family enough for me to want to pass it on to you. If you would like more information on how to order, click here. And please if you have any questions, or would like to know what oils to use for different symptoms please leave a comment, or email me. I would love to help you out, and would love to share my knowledge with you.