Life at the Legan Pad · The Essentials

Let’s Look at Lavender

This is the first oil my family tried. We received it as a baby shower gift when Liam was born. I’d used cheap essential oil imitators for many years, but I was a little skeptical of oils having any benefits beyond aromatherapy. This was the first time I used pure essential oils though, and it didn’t take long before we were in love and asking what other benefits we could gain by using other oils as well.

For our first experience, I applied lavender topically to the bottoms of our feet to promote a restful night’s sleep. I was amazed at how well we all slept that night! And it was definitely needed with a new baby and a slightly neurotic new mama in the house.

Lavender essential oil is often referred to as “the Swiss Army Knife of oils” because of it’s incredible versatility. Let’s take a closer look and see just how amazing it is!

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A Little History

The use of lavender essential oil dates back thousands of years. The name is derived from the Latin lavare, “to wash.” It was often used as a perfume in bath water by the ancient Romans. It was also used as part of various holy ceremonies. It is one of the oils used in the Essence of Nard mentioned in Scripture and was found in King Tut’s tomb. Incredibly, when the tomb was opened after being sealed for 3,000 years, the lavender still retained some of it’s fragrance.

Practical Uses Today

Most of us probably won’t be preparing tombs with our lavender oil. Although, if you happen to work in a morgue, you might consider diffusing it. Just saying.

Aside from just smelling pretty, the aromatherapy properties of this oil can help create a relaxing atmosphere when diffused. Its balancing properties (naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate, linalool, and ocimene) can help calm the mind and body, relieve nervous tension, and promote feelings of relaxation. We love this diffused at night for the babies!

When used topically, it is extremely beneficial in soothing the skin. Add a drop to coconut oil and apply after a day in the sun. It helps cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations. My oily hubby actually just emerged from the back room smelling of lavender, which he applied to his poor winter-worn hands. And with two toddlers running amuck, we are constantly applying this to bumps and bruises. Try adding it to your beauty routine to help promote healthy skin by reducing the appearance of blemishes and support aging skin.

*Lavender Vitality is beneficial as a dietary supplement and contains cleansing and antioxidant properties in those same naturally occurring constituents mentioned above. We use this during those months when everything is flowering by adding one drop each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint vitality oils to a veggie capsule once a day. There are also some delish dessert recipes floating around on the interweb that incorporate lavender vitality. Once again, I will only ever recommend Young Living brand vitality oils for ingestion as I believe they are the only safe, pure oils out there.

Fun Facts

  • Lavender is part of the mint family.
  • It is one of the 11 oils offered in the Premium Starter Kit.
  • Lavender is super gentle, so dilution is not required for topical use, except for the most sensitive skin.
  • This oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowering tops of the plant.
  • It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of oil.
  • Young Living grows lavender at the farms located in Utah, Idaho, and France.

Gotta Get Your Own? Here’s How!

Young Living Essential Oils can be purchased retail or at a 24% wholesale discount when you get your own membership. Membership options vary, so you can choose the best one for your oily needs and budget. A membership is simply that. There is no obligation to “sell” or “start a business.” Follow this link to get your own lavender oil or Premium Starter Kit and start your oily journey to happy and healthy today!

*”Lavender essential oil and Lavender Vitality contain the same essential oil. Lavender essential oil is labeled for topical and aromatic use, and Lavender Vitality is labeled for dietary use. The designation of the two products allows you to share all the ways to use Lavender in the correct way.”

I’ve mentioned before that I will only endorse Young Living Essential Oils on my blog, so any information you find here will only apply to those oils. Check out The Essentials page for more info on why. I am not a trained healthcare professional in any capacity. The comments made here are not approved by the FDA or any other organization and are not intended to treat or diagnose any medical conditions in any way.

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