“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).”
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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.
Click here to learn how to save 24% on Young Living Essential Oils
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!
Love lavender. It is one of my favorites.
MMMM, Lavender. Thanks for the opportunity.
I recently suffered a horrendous sunburn and was referred to your website by a friend while looking for remedies. I am amazed, intrigued and would love toward more about essential oils!
Tracy Spangler says
I love essential oils, specifically Young Living Essential Oils, which is why I signed up to be on Amy Kelso’s team, even though my family and I are currently struggling through poverty and severe health problems. I have a rare nerve disorder that makes it feel as though I am constantly being stabbed in my right ear- and it has felt like this every minute for the past three years. Last year I underwent a failed brain surgery and I now have a toxic liver from three years of many prescription medications that, on good days, bring the stabbing pain in my ear down to a dull roar. I use essential oils to help with the pain. Nothing takes it away, but using essential oils is one tool in my arsenal to help heal my liver and ease some pain while I run a fundraiser and hope for enough money to pay for my next out of state brain surgery, a round trip flight and a hotel for my husband to sleep at while I’m in the hospital for 5 days.
I love using essential oils and love learning new uses for them!
erin noie says
Love EOs and learning how to better use them!
I love lavender essential oil.
Zurainny Ismail says
I love lavender, not just for its heavenly scent but also because of its wonderful properties. Unfortunately, I’m not eligible to enter this Giveaway. All the best to all! 😀
I love aromatherapy oils i studied them to become Aromatherpist. I have been looking for oils and i love the sound of young living. At the moment i am going through some health issues i have Chronic Fatique Syndrome/M.E and suffer with joint pains, headaches and muscle pains. I want to learn more about them and start using them again.
I would love to learn about essential oils!
Jennifer H. says
I have just started trying essential oils with my two children with Autism. It also has helped with my migraines.
I love lavender!!
Lavender is one of my favorites. I begin to “exhale” when I reach for the bottle. Ahhhh!
I love essential oils! I use them for almost everything.
christine burd says
I have never tried essential oils but am very interested.
Amber Clinkard says
I want to use for my new natural skincare line that my sister and I are creating!
I so need to be stocking up on better quality oils. Their benefits are amazing!! Thank you for the opportunity to take a free e-course too!
This is an EO I like to keep on hand so would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.
I would love a lavender EO!
I am trying to learn about essential oils and get started with them.
Young Living are the best! I use lavender every day and can’t afford the YL line, but it is really the best stuff out there.
I love lavender! It really is the best EO!
Erin Arnold says
Lavender EO has been like a miracle worker on burns in my house. I’ll never use anything else for burns. Nothing else heals or relieves pain like Lavender!
Kim Vicklund says
I love all of the essential oils. Lavender and thyme on my feet before bed and I sleep very deep. 🙂
Aejin H says
Would like to learn more about them.
Deborah Pucci says
I want to learn more about them. I was recently reading that Lavender Oil will help with the itching that my dog has right now.
Andrea Hewitt says
I know very little, and would love to know more. Especially about diffusing EO.
Marissa W. says
I don’t have any personal experience other than visiting a friend recently and she was using a diffuser to difuse EO into the room and it smelled wonderful and gave a sense of peace to the room (she had a baby a week prior). I would enjoy learning more about EOs.
Oh man… would love to win me some lavender!!! Still saving up for a starter kit…only have a few mini sample bottles to play with and they’re almost empty 🙁
jo n says
I am learning more about essential oils. I have used lavender eo for 15-20 years for headaches and antiseptic.
Christine LaValle says
lavender is my favorite essential oil 🙂 I would love to win !
I love essential oils for my homemade cleaning supplies. I’ve yet to be able to buy nice quality ones so haven’t tried them for medicinal uses. Trying to save up so I can get a starter kit!
I don’t have a lot of EO experience yet, but a friend gave me Forgiveness by Young Living, and I really like it. So calming!
Ooh, I have yet to try that one but I am loving the blends I have so far! I’ll have to put that one on my list!
Carmen Roa says
Lavender is one of my favorite oils–thanks for the chance to win!
Dorca M. says
I would like to learn more about essential oils.
I love essential oils and am always looking for new ways to use them! Lavender is definitely my favorite and so far only one of two that I have had to buy a second bottle!
Lyn Dershem says
I recently learned what a wonderful solution lavender is for itching bites. Love it.
jessica b says
Lavender is amazing!
Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils – I would love to win!
Judy M. says
I have been learning and experimenting with essential oils for the past year. Lavender is one of my favorites, esp. helpful for headaches.
Ashley C says
I use essential oils almost daily, I especially love peppermint and clary sage
So far I’ve used EOs in cleaning supplies and a failed attempt at homemade shampoo. So far my EO collection consists of orange and now peppermint, so I’m definitely looking to build on that!
I just received my first bottle of Tea Tree oil today. I can’t wait to see what this Essential Oil buzz is all about!
Love Lavender. Love it. This is thing is so good for you.
lavender is fantastic
Love These oils!
Love essential oils..would love to win.
I would love to learn more!
Mary Ann says
Lavender is good for relaxation. It has the best smell.
I want to learn more about using essential oils.
Lavender is my all time favorite scent. I wear a drop behind my ear, except when I’m out… like right now 🙁
Lavender is my favorite, I use it all the time!
Brenda Jahnke says
I love essential oils! I am fairly new to using them, and I’m amazed at all the uses for them.
I love using essential oils for all different things, but recently have been using them to relieve headaches and menstrual pains. They work much better than ibuprofen or any NSAID!
I’ve used EO’s for years to ward off headaches and in my homemade cleaning supplies and tooth soaps.
Linda Kish says
I want to learn more about them, then try them.
I love lavender oils they are so relaxing to smell and I would love to win this one.
thanks for the great tips on how to use lavender oil!
I love essential oils! My favorites are peace and calming and thieves.
I have a few essential oils, sweet orange, tea tree and lemon but am a newbie and want to learn as much as I can about them.
I have used essential oils for several years for several reasons. I use the citrusy oils in my drinking water, some I use for emotions…… to stay cool, calm and collected. I use other oils to detox and still others for diffusing.
Love lavender. My daughter used it to heal a rash on my grandson’s foot and to calm down two very active boys.
I have learnt a lot about them but have never got any chance to try any. hoping to win one.
Brenda A. says
Would love to try the lavender oil for my husband’s insomnia.
I love lavender oil!
David Smith says
I don’t know anything really about essential oils. I am entering the contest so that if I win, I would give the prize to my fiance who loves lavender scented things. I know she would enjoy getting this for a present.
I have been reading a lot about essential oils and all the possibilities with them. I would love to win this and am grateful for the opportunity.
Debbie Clauer says
Just learning about oils, especially the ones that help the body get rid of cancer.
I have been diffusing Frankinscence all day!
Deborah Gullett says
I want to learn more about essential oils. I haven’t tried any yet. I love lavender.
I love learning more about essential oils. I’m really hoping that I can improve my health through them.
I keep learning about essential oils and I keep thinking I need to get involved.
Lavender is my favorite scent! I try to get it in as many things as possible. Like dish soap, laundry soap, dryer sheets, etc.
Oddly enough, I’m commenting while diffusing lavendar (with some peppermint) for a headache. Haven’t tried Young Living’s lavendar, but it would be fun to do so.
I LOVE essential oils! When I first started using them, I wasn’t a fan of the smell of lavender, but it quickly became one of my favorites because of all the uses!
I like essentail oils. I started using them a few years ago and now use them when I make homemade hair gel with flax seeds.
Lavender is one of my favorite EO’s. I mix a few drops with coconut oil and slather it all over after a shower right before going to sleep. Soooo relaxing 🙂 thank you for this awesome giveaway!
Crystal H. says
I love lavender essential oil! It would be great to win this! Thank you for offering this give away!
I love your website! I use lavender before I go to bed, and also just because it smells good! it’s amazing!
Lori Reed says
I am looking to expand my use of essential oils. Right now, I mainly use tea tree oil for cleaning and for beauty. It works great to mix a few drops into some coconut oil and use it as a conditioning mask for my hair. I would love to have some of the basics on hand for everyday use, especially lavender. I look forward to learning more about this brand! 🙂
Jen C says
I won a bottle of peppermint from Emily and I have loved using it for headaches, stomach upset, and for energetic uplift. I look forward to trying more of the YL EOs!
Love essential oils! My budget as a single mom doesn’t allow for them very much so I would love to win!
Shoulder Aches says
Lavender is my absolute favorite essential oil, it was the first one I tried and I fell in love with it instantly. I’ve tried other oils and I also loved them but lavender has always been o the top of my list, especially when I’m so stressed I just rub it on my hands and it gives me a very soothing and relaxing feeling. I also put some in my pillows and sheets because it does help me sleep better. I’m literally using lavender oil for almost everything that is how much I love it. It so nice to know there are a lot of people that enjoys lavender oil as much as I do.