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Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is widely known for its calming properties. It’s been around for centuries, and has been used for skin repair, cooking, bathing and perfume.
Lavender essential oil is an essential to have around the house. It’s so versatile – it can be used for cooking, for eliminating smells, for repairing skin, for calming wild children ;), for helping our minds and bodies relax at bedtime.
I use only one brand of essential oils. Join my Facebook group to learn more. The reason I am brand-loyal with my essential oils is twofold. First, I have been researching essential oils for a few years, and have come to trust doTERRA’s products above all others. Not to mention the amazing experiences my family and I have had with this company’s oils, that we did NOT have with others. Second, I am building a business with this company, and the future looks very, very bright, both for the company and for me as a consultant.
Three ways to use essential oils
Lavender can be applied to the skin NEAT (no dilution). That is an effective way to solve certain skin issues, like a small burn at the kitchen stove or an itchy rash. But many times dilution is in order. I like to use about 10 drops of lavender in a 5 mL roller bottle, topped off with a carrier oil. We use that any time the kids get some mysterious itch or scratch when they’re out playing in the weeds, or on the bottoms of their feet to help them relax at bedtime. (If you have very young children or folks with thin or sensitive skin, you’ll want to dilute it further.)
Lavender Diaper Cream
- Melt coconut oil in glass cup using microwave or double boiler.
- Add essential oils. Store in glass container.
- Leave in cool place and apply when needed.
Lavender has a very distinct aroma. It is widely recognizable, and often brings back memories of beloved grandmas who kept hand-sewn satchets in their dresser drawers.
Lavender can be diffused alone, or in combination with other essential oils (it pairs nicely with any citrus oil, clary sage or geranium). When diffused, lavender can help calm a room full of anxious folks, improve concentration, and help relieve feelings of sorrow or grief. It can also be inhaled directly from the bottle, or your palms.
Springtime Diffuser Blend
Restful Night Diffuser Blend
Lavender can help with certain digestive and emotional needs when taken internally, but most commonly it’s used as a flavoring in baked goods and beverages. Remember, these oils are very concentrated and often, one drop is plenty for an entire batch! Read more about using doTERRA (only!) Essential Oils internally.
Lavender Chamomile Bedtime Tea
Lavender Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 – 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- In a stand mixer, blend the butter on medium until pale and fluffy.
- Add in about half of the powdered sugar. Blend on low until mixed well.
- Add in the rest of the powdered sugar. Blend on low until ingredients are integrated, then mix on medium for 2 minutes. Turn the mixer on high and mix for 3 minutes.
- Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add in the vanilla extract and 1 drop of Lavender essential oil. Mix on low and taste the frosting. Add essential oil one drop at a time until you’re happy with the taste.
- Frost your cupcakes.
*Disclaimer: I do NOT suggest or endorse using essential oils internally if you do not absolutely trust the purity and quality of the oils you are using. There are no regulatory agencies overseeing essential oils – that means some companies are free to add synthetic fillers and use inferior oils in their products and not put it on the label. In fact, they can even write “pure” or “all natural” on the label.
That’s why it’s so important to know the testing done on the oils you purchase. I only use and recommend doTERRA essential oils because of the integrity of the company, and the CPTG testing standards they insist upon. For more information, please contact me or join my Facebook group!
If you’re just not comfortable using even the purest essential oils internally, that’s ok! There are still plenty of ways to get the amazing benefits of Lavender or any other essential oil. Do what works for you and your family 🙂
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