If you know anything about me, you know that I am obsessed with Paris. And Provence. Ok, maybe all of France. But really, with landscapes like this, can you blame me?
If you’re new to essential oils and don’t know which ones to buy, or are even just curious as to how they can support your everyday life, I’d like to suggest that you give good old lavender a go! Most of us know that lavender can promote relaxation. Its scent is used in products like bubble bath, or linen spray. We have lavender sachets and eye masks that we put by our bedsides to help us sleep better. But housed in those little purple buds is so much more than a lovely smell. In fact, lavender is the most versatile of all essential oils.
Please be aware, though, that not all essential oils are the same. For a long time, I bought my essential oils at the health food store, or from Amazon. I was completely unaware that all essential oils are not created equally. There are different grades of essential oils: aromatic, food (flavoring), therapeutic, and Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Only dōTERRA’s oils carry CPTG certification. (Click here to learn more about CPTG)Their oils are put through a rigorous 6 step testing process, guaranteeing that contaminants are kept out of the oils, assuring the presence of their active compounds, at the right levels, which is necessary for safety and effectiveness. Many oils claim to be therapeutic grade, and some may be pure, but few are subjected to rigorous testing standards for chemical composition.
If you have a bottle of lavender essential oil at home, please check the label. There should be some indication of how the product should be used. The bottle of NOW lavender essential oil that I have is clearly labeled “For Aromatic Use Only.” Therefore, I do not think it would be safe or effective to use on the skin, and certainly not to be taken internally.
Now let’s get back to the lavender! Lavender can be used to support a variety of different health and emotional concerns:
Sleep and Relaxation –
- Apply to bottom of feet or pillow before sleeping
- Apply to chest, top of head, bottom of feet to calm anxiety and anxiousness
- Use with bath salts for a relaxing spa bathing experience
- Apply to wrists or inhale when travelling to ease motion sickness
- Add to hand lotion for a stress-relieving hand massage
Skin Issues –
- Use to calm reaction to bee sting or bug bite
- Apply to chapped or cracked lips before applying lip balm or lipstick
- Calm sensitive skin and soothe pores after hair removal
- Use with peppermint oil for a healthy, invigorating scalp massage
- Combine 1-3 drops with 1 teaspoon aloe vera and lightly massage onto sunburn
- Apply therapeutic grade lavender to cleanse and promote healing to cuts and scrapes
- Lightly massage into bruised skin to promote blood circulation
- Apply 1-2 drops to ringworm several times a day until ringworm clears
- Apply to rashes, poison ivy, and chicken pox several times daily to reduce pain and itching, and to promote quick recovery
- Apply directly for other skin issues, such as psoriasis, eczema, or extremely dry skin.
- Pure lavender oil has long been used for healing burns. Apply directly to the site, or use in a very light, non-greasy carrier such as aloe, immediately and every few hours while healing.
- Dilute 10 drops of lavender in 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil and apply after diaper change
- Apply 1-2 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the gums. You can also add a couple drops of lavender to a cup of water, wet a washcloth with the solution, freeze and allow the little one to gnaw on the frozen cloth.
- Dilute in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, apricot) and apply to back or soles of feet to calm an upset and crying child
- To aid in alleviating mastitis, dilute 4 drops of oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage gently into breast tissue
- For a hyperactive child, diffuse in the air or apply topically to the chest or reflex points of the hands or feet for a calming, grounding effect
Emotional Stress –
- Whether you’re stressed, overwhelmed, angry or otherwise, lavender oil can be used aromatically or topically to calm nerves and emotions
- Uses of lavender essential oil topically will promote relaxation and restfulness, as well as grounding and balance
- Apply topically or use aromatically to assist the grief process and provide a centering, grounding effect on the spirit
- To combat mood swings, diffuse pure lavender oil in the air or inhale directly for at least 30 seconds as needed
Amazing, isn’t it? For each of the applications listed, you only need to use 2-3 drops (unless otherwise indicated). Lavender is a great starter oil for those just getting started, and it is definitely one of my go-to oils for just about everything. If you’d like to order your own dōTERRA lavender, click the button below. And if you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post, or email us!