Not your Grandma’s Lavender Oil!

Let’s get off on the right foot!!!!!

Lavender Oil is great to give to your friend that talks too much:

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Ok, so now that we’re off to a good start, we can talk about lavender with as much seriousness as I can muster.  Which is quite a bit because it’s early and I haven’t had any wine yet.

Lavender Essential Oil has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume.  And while this all sounds well and good, you’ve probably read it a thousand times because Lavender oils is the oil of grandmothers.  It is comforting and has been around (rightfully so,) for ages.  The reason Lavender oil is so boring, and because it is tried and true; it is safe and it is effective. Today, lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation, which produces a much different product than was used in ancient Egyptian or Roman times.  Today oils are much more pure (depending on the source) and some say thinner than oils distilled in ancient times.  One thing for sure is that with todays testing, (with the oils I use at least) you can make sure that if you are buying a great brand of oils, you will get consistency from bottle to bottle.

Recently a lot of research is being done around essential oils and using them medicinally, which I am super excited about.  A couple of studies that I recently came across taught me a couple of things that I didn’t know.

Recent research shows that Lavender Essential Oil improves blood circulation and reduces blood pressure. Improved circulation, increases oxygen that is available to your cells, organs, brain and skin.  Since oxygen is necessary for proper cell regeneration and function, lavender essential oil can be a great thing to add to your health arsenal.  It has also been proven to treat insomnia in a recent study which may be why everyone talks about putting a drop on your pillow; don’t you love how science is catching up with experiential knowledge of centuries ago.

Linalool is one of the major naturally occurring chemicals in Lavender oil.  Linalool is an anxiolytic, which means natural stress reducer. Although Linalool is available from a variety of plants, Lavender has it in very high concentrates.  In this study linalool from coriander seeds was shown to prevent the growth of HepG2 cancer cells, and since the amount of linalool used in the studies was equal to 25 drops of lavender oil, it could prove to be a promising tool in the fight against cancer, but of course more research will need to be done.

Camphor is another of the naturally occurring chemicals in Lavender Oil.  It is the part of the oil that is antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anesthetic, sedative and nervous pacifier, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and insecticide substance.  WOW, that is a mouthful.  It is the part that gives Lavender a ton of other benefits beyond those your grandmother was telling you about.

Lavender oil reduces the appearance of surface skin imperfections. Now Were Talking…. You say wrinkles, and my ears poke up.

 

“Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it.” -Mark Twain

 

15 Uses for Lavender:

  • Take a Lavender Bath. Put 5 drops of Lavender into 1 Cup Epson salts then add to your bath water for an ultra-relaxing experience.
  • Head to Toe Rest! After a hard work out or a long day on your feet, rub lavender along with Lemongrass on your legs and feet.  It will help soothe sore muscles and allow you to fully rest.
  • Take the Acrid Out of Vinegar. Add 4-5 drops of Lavender oil to your Vinegar Cleaning Mixture for a better scent.
  • Quick Fix. Mix three parts fractionated coconut oil with 1 part Lavender essential oil in a small glass spray bottle or in a roller ball and roll on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing.
  • Bring on the ZZZS. Rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.
  • Enjoy a fresh and Clean Mattress. Sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops Lavender essential oil all over your mattress.  Allow the mixture to sit for an hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up.  You can also add Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove or Rosemary.
  • Ouch! That’s Hot! Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I spilled scorching hot tea on my hand at Starbucks and luckily had my lavender with me. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!
  • The Oatmeal Secret. Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, add 5-8 drops of Lavender oil, When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub.  A little goes a long way
  • A sleep time Trick. A few drops of Lavender oil placed on a pillow will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Flavor Twist. Lavender is a flavor enhancer Lavender Sea Saltis a welcome addition to many savory dishes adding to risotto and rice, and makes a fragrant rub for chicken, fish, or lamb, and an unusual and subtle flavor enhancer for freshly cooked vegetables, especially asparagus. Lavender Sugar, you’ll love the flavor it adds to your baked goods and drinks. Try stirring into hot or iced tea, use to sweeten scone and muffin batter, sprinkle over sugar cookies before baking.
  • Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
  • Take the Ouch Out. 1 drop of pure Lavender Essential Oil will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and abrasions or after too much sun
  • Clear the Mind. Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
  • Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
  • Therapeutic Dish and Laundry Soap, If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add Lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits. It transforms your cleaning experience.

 

Lavender flavored Sea Salt & Sugar

  1. Add 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to 1/4cup Sea Salt or Sugar and Mix thoroughly.
  2. Store in a Glass Container or Give in a Jelly Jar.  Add a Label to make a Perfect gift for all the foodie’s in your life.

 

Then Just in case you need a place to store your pencils while letting everyone know what you think, I made this:

And you can get it here https://www.zazzle.com/essential_oils_pencil_case-256252344218509735

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Not your Grandma’s Lavender Oil!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it. As far as linalool goes, it is naturally occurring in several essential oils, it is just a particularly high content in lavender oil as opposed to other oils that are higher in other things like d-limonene or camphor. So it could be from a number of different plant sources if it’s in your shampoo. Have a great night.

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