“All who know the pure product and use it with understanding come to respect the essential oils. One cannot but admire their ability to operate effectively not only on the cellular, physical level, but in the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic areas of our lives also. If anything in this world is holistic, it is essential oils.”
-Valerie Ann Worwood, aromatherapist and author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Do you know just how incredibly amazing and therapeutic essential oils can be? I didn’t. Recently, though, I’ve learned enough about the science of aromatherapy that I’m entirely convinced I now need to be on a mission to spread the truth about this to word to the whole wide world, about just how much essential oils can improve your health and change your life. Now that I’ve been using them on a daily basis, for a zillion different purposes, I can’t believe I ever lived without them!
And I can’t wait to share the everyday oils that I use in my home with you.
There’s 10 essential oils in particular that have in my stash, which I use at least one of every single day. They are:
- Peace & Calming
Some of these are single essential oils, and some are specially-formulated synergistic blends of essential oils, so they contain a variety of pure oils that work together for many different purposes.
All of these oils, plus a home diffuser and lots of other goodies, came in the very first therapeutic essential oils purchase I ever made—the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living essential oils.
Now that essential oils are such a big part of my life, I want to share what I’ve learned by studying and using each of these everyday oils, one by one, by introducing each of them to you. And also, by giving you a chance to win them with a giveaway for each one! (Scroll down a bit if you just want to get to that part.)
Everyday Essential Oils: Lavender
This week’s featured oil is lovely, luscious Lavender!
Recently, I got to visit the Young Living lavender farm in Mona, Utah—and let me tell you, it was incredible. I saw over a million little baby lavender plants being tended to by the hands of the farmers in the greenhouses (they even let me plant one in the fields myself!), I drank the water running off of the steam distillery machines where the oils were being produced, and I even got to frolic around in the delicious-smelling lavender fields! Here’s my friend Stephanie from Good Girl Gone Green and I jumping for lavender joy. 🙂
Lavender can be used for seriously almost anything. I don’t know of any other oil that’s more versatile! When I get questions in my essential oil group, I like to tell people, “When in doubt, use Lavender!” because that’s what I do! Here’s just a few basic suggested uses.
- Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops to the affected area
- Rub on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area
- Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects
- Place a few drops on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry
- Rub a few drops onto your hand and spread over a pillow
- Diffuse Lavender essential oil to set the mood for your family or a social gathering
- Diffuse or inhale Lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work
Lavender has antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, relaxant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s used by aromatherapists to treat respiratory infections, cardiac health, skin conditions, burns, insomnia, nervous tension, and more.
My big huge book of essential oils, the Essential Oils Desk Reference, says this about the research on Lavender’s incredible healing properties and ability to relax and soothe your body and mind:
University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego MA, et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura, 2001).”
GIVEAWAY: Enter for a Chance to Win
Want to start experiencing the benefits of essential oils, with your very own bottle of the very best lavender essential oil there is? Here’s your chance to win one!
To enter this giveaway, just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below.
The winner of this giveaway is… Brandy! (toma….@hotmail.com) Yay! Please email me at emily(at)butterbeliever(dot)com so we can get your prize shipped out. Congrats!
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This giveaway will end on Sunday, July 20th 2014 at 12 A.M. The winner will be announced on this post on Sunday, July 20th 2014. The winner will have 72 hours to claim the prize. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back then to see if you are the winner! This is open to readers in the U.S. only. No purchase required to enter. Good luck!