Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is our Swiss Army Knife of essential oils. We go through a bottle of Lavender a month. We use it for just about everything. If you are ever in doubt and unsure of which oil to use for something, Lavender is a pretty safe bet to grab. We put it in almost every roller bottle we make because it's great for so many things. I mean, it's called the swiss-army knife of oils with good reason!
Many of you may know that Lavender has very calming properties and we diffuse or apply Lavender topically to help relax muscles and ease tension during the day, but Lavender can be used for so much more than creating a calming environment. My family uses Lavender to support and soothe skin, we use it with our dogs, and make a lot of our personal care products in our home. Lavender was one of the essential oils that really made me realize the power of Young Living Essential Oils. The unique aspect of Young Living is the "Seed to Seal" promise. In a nutshell this states that Young Living owns everything from the seed of the plant all the way to the bottling of the oils, and everything in between!
When I first got my Premium Starter Kit, I was really struggling with my skin. I actually really struggled for years with my skin. I was always using really harsh products, you know the ones that bleach the towels and even burned my face. I was truly finding no relief. A few months prior to getting myself a Premium Starter Kit, I had gotten some large spots on my face that were not going away. I even went to the dermatologist and nothing seemed to be working. But as soon as I got my Premium Starter Kit, I gave Lavender a try because I heard of the skin supporting properties. I applied Lavender topically on my face where I needed support and within three days those things started to disappear. I was in disbelief that the essential oils worked because I had tried so many other things at the time. At the time I had been putting off purchasing a starter kit from my sister. However, once I realized some of these benefits, I regretted not getting started sooner. From that moment on, I started to change over my personal care products to essential oil products.
I did however, quickly ditch my old face wash that was filled with toxins and made my own face wash. I found it's pretty simple to make your own soaps. I use a few drops of lavender essential oil all depends on the size of the container and mixed it with a little castile soap, then filled the rest of my container with water. I now use the Young Living liquid base soap and Castile soap. If I am using Castile, I always buy the unscented because I add my own pure essential oils to the base soap. I love finding cute soap containers with foaming pumps on Amazon. We currently have some in the bathrooms and the showers.
Here are my skin care recipes and products that I now make using all natural ingredients and Lavender Essential Oil to replace the traditional, chemical filled products. My four step skin care routine includes these simple and effective recipes.
Foaming Hand or Face Soap Recipe:
You can use this recipe in any size container if you follow one part Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap or Young Living Base Soap and two parts water.
First add the castile or the Young Living Soap to the foaming hand soap container.
Then, add desired Young Living Essential Oils to the container. I use essential oils such as Lavender for soothing properties or Thieves for cleansing properties.
Lastly, fill the rest of the container with water.
When making these for around my house, I use these large 8.5 ounce containers, but if I am hosting a make and take workshop or traveling the 2 ounce containers work perfectly.
Makeup remover wipes
DIY Face Toner
DIY Face Serum
⅛ teaspoon of hyaluronic acid powder mixed with 2 oz of ice cold water, shake these until the hyluronic acid is blended into the water. You will notice that the water becomes a little thicker. Then add the mixture to a 2 oz dropper jar and add desired essential oils. I like to add 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.
Soothe the skin
Besides all the support that I receive from Lavender for my face, I also use Lavender to soothe the skin for other reasons. We love to mix Lavender with coconut oil to help soothe occasional skin irritation due to weather or activity, or if you have children (no matter what size) with scrapes and brush-burns. Our dogs, Kasey and Harper, even use Lavender the same way when they really get to itching ears or licking paws.
In the summer, we vacationing in the sunshine a lot. After long days in the sun, it was refreshing to put Lavender on our shoulders or where the sun really kissed our skin. When we get home from our trips, after being in our swimsuits for days, it was really soothing to use Lavender. We use lavender topically directly from the bottle but we also use our after sun spray which discuss in my summer-essential-oil-diy-recipes
After Sun Spray:
I love the smell of Lavender. When I smell it, I just feel the tension leave my body. I enjoy the scent every morning when I use my shampoo, conditioner, and mascara, because I added a few drops to them to promote healthy hair growth. The bonus to adding it to these products is that it also calms me down to start my day. You can also simply add a few drops to the palm of your hand and massage into your hair with downward strokes.
With the changing of the seasons, there is also a change in what essential oils I tend to use. For example, when we transition into allergy seasons I notice that I diffuse Lavender with Lemon and Peppermint to create a lovely, uplifting, and supporting aroma. I call this my LLP (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint) trio or my "Pollen Buster". I also apply my LLP roller topically behind my ears and on the sole of my feet before leaving the house.
Pollen Buster Roller Ingredients:
For a 10 ml roller bottle, use about 40 drops total for an adult made up of:
Young Living also has the Vitality line, which are essential oils specifically manufactured to be safe for ingestion and to be used as a dietary supplement. I choose to make the LLP capsule with Lemon Vitality, Lavender Vitality, and Peppermint Vitality to help provide relief from the seasons changes when I am on the go. Here is how to make an LLP capsule:
Lavender- Swiss Army Knife
Like I said, Lavender is a very versatile essential oil. I believe that is why Young Living included it in the Premium Starter Kit.
Other simple ways to use lavender:
There are so many different ways to use one essential oil it amazes me, and to think, these are just a few of the ways that I use Lavender in my house, it certainly is staple all year long.
All of the supplies to make your sprays, rollers, soaps, and capsules are all listed and explained on the supply page.
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