Lavender: Loved by Everyone

Just try it! Everyone’s doing it!

As everyone else was buying up every product known that had Lavender in it I still was a Lavender virgin until almost a year ago when Lavender finally peaked my interest. It was by chance and a little persuasion from my husband to get the Lavender Essential Oil for our amazing diffuser we had just gotten at a discounted price.

Oh, I have fallen in love!

We always have to keep Lavender oil in stock to diffuse throughout our house and keep on hand to put in our personal roll-on bottles. Alone the fragrance is great for promoting calmness, relaxation and a balance both physically and emotionally. I had purchased 6 little roll-on bottles from the same company that we got our bundle – a diffuser and a 5-pack of essential oils including Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint and Peace.

Convenient, Healthier and More Affordable

The roll-on bottles are great to keep on hand in a women’s purse, pockets, in your car, diaper bag, etc. The rollers are convenient and have been a true blessing to this family. Whenever my husband has a headache he pulls his roller out, applies and is instantly relieved. I use Lavender on my wrists to help with my aches and to use as a perfume.

This is just the beginning!

Easier, more affordable than prescription medicines, multi-uses, healthier and safer for everyone since it’s plant, derived and naturally healing.

We haven’t even begun to explore all the amazing uses that the Lavender Essential Oil and even the plant, as I learned in recent posts, can offer but I’m excited to continue to learn.

“You can use Lavender as a bug repellent against mosquitoes, midges, and moths” (to name a few) as I learned from an intriguing blog written by A Little Vegan. Lavender helps with inflammation and itchiness from insect bites/bee stings. This is important for me to know because I live in Oklahoma where so many different bugs and bees reside.My next step is to see which bugs besides the three named above have negative reactions to it.

Did you know that you can eat the Lavender plant?

Yeah it shocked me enough to go look for recipes I could use it in. I will definitely be using it in different recipes – making a syrup for my morning toast.

Another helpful fact I learned from A Little Vegan is that you can dab a little bit of Lavender oil on your pillow to help with insomnia and use as a sleep aid. Guess I will be dabbing oil on my husband’s pillow every night to help him sleep. I have only mentioned a couple uses but go check out the insight A Little Vegan has on this wonderful plant. Hear it all from a different perspective at https://alittleveganlifeblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/lavender-does-what/

Why should we pump chemicals into our body through medications when we have a healthier choice right at the tip of our fingers that’s more affordable?

The following uses were pulled off of mindbodygreen.com and http://www.netherfield.co.nz/:

1. Calming – you can rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms and inhale, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body.
2. Sleep aid – Diffuse or rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
3. Bee sting / Insect bite – put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
4. Minor burn, sunburn – put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. Spray pure Lavender Mist – Hydrosol directly onto the skin or Add 8 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes.
5. Cuts – drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
6. Eczema / Dermatitis – mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
7. Nausea or motion sickness – place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
8. Nosebleed – 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 (do not freeze the lip or gum).
9. Dry or chapped skin, chapped lips, cold sores – rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
10. Hay fever – rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply.
12. Dandruff – rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
13. Flavor booster – add a few drops of lavender to any recipe you want to enhance. Favorites: add to your water or tea (especially sparkling!), brownies, bars, cookies, dessert recipes, raw chocolate or salad dressings.
14. Aching muscles – Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension.
15. Kills Bacteria – French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful antibacterial in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.
16. Earache – warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat. For babies & small children, add 2-3 drops of the warmed oil to a little olive oil and massage in the same way.
17. Fatigue – add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous.
18. Fevers – for babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.
19. Giddy Spells, Faintness or palpitations – make your own smelling salts—sea salt , lavender oil, peppermint oil & basil oil.
20. Headaches, anxiety, stress – Misting around your head with distilled water is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of cause or muslin soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.
21. Menstrual Cramps – massage a few drops of lavender oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area.
22. Scabie – rub the whole body with neat lavender oil, then following every day until better with a mixture of lavender oil and alcohol. Change and wash bedding and clothes and sprinkle lavender oil on the mattress.
23. Shingles – combine a mix of lavender oil with, analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of shingles. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.
24. Sinusitis – add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.
AND DON’T FORGET LADIES and MEN that want to buy a great fragrance for your loved one LAVENDER IS A GREAT PERFUME!

As you can see there’s so many healthier and safer ways to incorporate this amazing plant/oil into your life and save money at the same time. It’s safe for the children and though I still advise you to consult a physician first you can use it diluted on babies for those situations where there’s no other option for them when they’re sick.
What’s your favorite ways you’ve used Lavender? If you would like insight into different websites that use the Lavender plant in recipes let me know.

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