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Monday, January 18, 2016

The Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils

I am a huge fan of using essential oils. They have been used for centuries, not just for their beautiful natural scent, but because they promote wellness so well. I love using them to support my wellness - from occasional neck and head tension to supporting my digestive track - they can even be used around the home as an air freshener or even a hand sanitizer.

Lavendar essential oil is one of my absolute favorites, because it is one of the safest oils and has a lovely light scent. Lavendar oil is one of the first essential oils I ever used, and I have been hooked since. I call it the "Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils" because I can use this little treasure in so many ways and with everyone in my family - from my 1 year old to my hubby. In fact, I use lavender every day in my homemade facial moisturizer. I also love to use it diluted with coconut oil on my children's feet for calming.

 Lavender and Frankincense are two of my favorite skin oils!
First, let me just say that it is important to make sure you are using high quality, therapeutic-grade oils that are in a dark glass container to keep the light from affecting them. Since it is a huge priority to me to only put the highest quality products in and on my body, I get my oils from Young Living.

Did you know almost every oil is a fragrant/cosmetic/perfume grade essential oil, which means they are filled with chemicals/toxins/synthetics/fillers - they can actually do more harm than good. BUT the average consumer doesn't know this and companies can write "pure, 100%, natural" on the bottle if 3-5% of the bottle is pure. This is why I prefer Young Living oils - I can trust them. When I use Young Living, I know I am getting the purest essential oil in that bottle, nothing more. No additives, no synthetics, just pure, essential oil goodness. In fact, they have a Seed to Seal Guarantee that is unmatched by any competitor. That is why they work so well.


 Here are two pictures from the Young Living St. Marie farm in ID. You can even go visit YL farms yourself and check out how your oils are made!

Lavender is so versatile and so very gentle that it can be used by almost anyone. Although it is very gentle on most people, make sure you use caution when applying oils. I always dilute them with a carrier oil like coconut oil or sweet almond oil.

Lavender has a sweet and calming scent, and I love to put a little on my neck as a natural fragrance (bonus: it helps me with occasional stress and tension).

Here are some other uses:
  • rub a drop on your palms and smooth on your pillow to support your sleep
  • mix a drop with coconut oil on dry or chapped skin
  • use 2-4 drops as deodorant
  • put a few drops on a wet cloth or wool dryer ball and throw it into the dryer to scent clothes, deodorize and freshen the laundry
  • mix with coconut oil to help soothe occasional skin irritations due to weather or activity
  • add a few drops to Epsom salts to relax and unwind
Lavendar EO is a great place to start if you are new to essential oils. If you are an old pro, this oil is probably one of your favorites. If you are curious about oils or have any questions, comment below and I will do my best to help you! Also check out my Essential Oil Q + A: How and Why to Use Them.

If you have any other great ways you use essential oils, please share them!

9 comments:

  1. I am a fan of essential oils too! I use them to make homemade and all natural mosquito repellent spray!

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  2. I do love essential oils also. Lavender I do use each night in a diffuser. The scent does relax me.
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    1. Me too! I love it in my diffuser with all kinds of combos - especially with my Stress Away.

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  3. Essential oils are wonderful. Lavender is one of my favorites. I just love the scent.

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    1. Me too! I even use it in a homemade perfume I make.

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  5. I've been using lavender oil a few ways. Wow I didn't now Young Living has a big farm like this I would like to see it, and it would be fun to see how the oils are made. I want to try more oils, this brand sounds wonderful.

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