Lavender is often called the “Swiss Army Knife of Oils.” Lavender is one of those oils that everyone should have on hand. If you have some issue that you wonder what oil to use, it’s a good bet lavender will be helpful.
Lavender has a fresh, sweet, balsam-like scent. There are over 100 categories of lavenders grown and distilled in the world.
True genuine authentic pure lavender oil is Lavandula angustifolia, sometimes called Lavandula officinalis. This is the lavender Young Living Essential Oils carries.
Angustafolia – This is a Lavender cultivated from the wild which grows at about 3000 feet above sea level. To get one pound of oil requires from 170 to 250 pounds of plant. This is the Lavender which contains sesquiterpenes.
Most lavender on the market is actually one of the hybrids or diluted with and not really true pure lavender.
Lavendula hybrida/abrial – A hybrid lavendin, grows at about 500 feet above sea level This is a cheap oil used in the cosmetic industry and is one of the primary “Lavenders” coming into North America.
Lavendula hybrida/grosso – A cheap, hybrid lavendin which grows at sea level. It is highly antiseptic and is used by veterinarians in Europe as a sterilizing agent. It has an alcoholic-terpene fragrance which is sharp, rather than pleasant. This is the oil most often sold in Canada and USA as “Lavender”. It will produce 1 pound of oil from 35 pounds of plant.
Here are 9 reasons true pure Lavender should be in your kit.1. A good night’s sleep
Having trouble winding down before bed time? Rub a couple drops of lavender on the back of the neck and shoulders. Put a drop or two of lavender oil on your palms and inhale. Run your hands over pillow to transfer a bit of the relaxing scent.
2. After Sun Soothing
Don’t let a day under the fun, scorching sun ruin your night! After hours of play, rub pure Lavender essential oil into your irritated skin for a soothing sensation that can’t be beat.
After Sun Soothing Spray
½ cup distilled water
¼ cup aloe vera gel
8 drops of pure Lavender essential oil
2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil
Blend together and pour into a 12-16 ounce fine mist spray bottle. Spray skin if you have been over exposed to the sun. This is very healing and soothing to sunburned skin. Do not get any in eyes.
3. Beautiful skin
Add pure lavender essential oil to your moisturizer and skin care recipes to support your aging skin.
4. Battle blemishes
Add a couple drops of pure lavender essential oil to your face wash and apply a drop or two to those annoying red spots to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
5. Soothe tired feet
Rub lavender oil on your feet for a soothing foot massage after a busy day on your feet! Or add some lavender to a foot soak,
Tired Feet Foot Soak
3–4 quarts warm water (enough to cover feet in container)
1/3 cup Epsom salt
5 drops pure Lavender essential oil
Mix Epsom salt and essential oils in a small bowl. Add salt mixture to warm water. Sit back, relax and let your feet soak for 15-30 minutes.
6. Makeup remover
Wiping off your makeup doesn’t have to be full of harsh chemicals. Make up some gentle DIY makeup remover pads infused with Lavender essential oil. You’ll also get the added benefit of Lavender’s relaxing aroma with your nighttime routine.
DIY Lavender Makeup Remover Pads
1/4 to 1/2 cup distilled water
1 tsp castile soap
1 tsp witch hazel
1 tsp coconut oil
7 drops pure Lavender essential oil
Round cotton pads
4 ounce airtight glass container
Pour distilled water in a glass container.
Add castile soap, witch hazel, coconut oil, and Lavender essential oil.
Put the lid on the container and shake well to combine all ingredients.
Take off the lid and insert the cotton pads to the top of the jar or until they stop absorbing liquid.
To use, remove one wipe and squeeze out excess liquid. Gently blot or wipe over closed eyelids until makeup is removed. Store with the lid tightly screwed.
7. Lavender in beverages
Lavender Vitality Essential Oil added to a cup of chamomile tea in the evening before bed time. Just one drop is all you need. If you have been to the Young Living Farms around convention time you may have enjoyed a Lavender Lemonade. So tasty and refreshing.
7 lemons, peeled and juiced
2 limes, peeled and juiced
1 drop Lavender Vitality essential oil
14 cups water
1-1/2 cup Blue Agave
Mix all ingredients together and chill.
Add more water or Blue Agave, depending on the size and tartness of the fruit.
Be careful that you don’t add more than a drop of lavender oil so that it does not overpower your lemonade.
8. Pamper yourself with s soaking bath
Give yourself the the royal treatment with a luxurious soak in DIY bath salts.
Bubbly Bath Salts
1 cup of Epsom Salt
2 Tbs unscented body wash or bubble bath
1/2 tsp jojoba oil
12 drops of Pure Lavender Essential Oil
6 drops Cedarwood essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the mixture out on the parchment paper and let dry for 24 hours.
Stir every few hours to make sure the mixture dries evenly and doesn’t stick together.
Once fully dry, break up any large chunks and pour into the glass jar.
To use, place 1/4 cup of bath salts in the bathtub as it is filling with water.
9. Diffuse for a relaxing atmosphere
Add a couple drops of lavender, cedarwood and tangerine to your diffuser for a calming relaxing aroma.
Lavender essential oil is one of the oils in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. To get started with Premium Starter Kit, click here.