Lavender Essential Oil: If you only use one essential oil, this is it!

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.

Here are 13 ways you can incorporate lavender in to your daily life:

1. Calming:  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.

2. Sleep aid:  Again, use the cupping method.  Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.  You can also diffuse lavender in a diffuser in your bedroom to help you sleep.

3. Bee sting / Insect bite:  Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching  and reduce swelling.

4. Minor burn: Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.  It reduces redness, swelling and pain and leaves the skin without any signs of a burn. Lavender works wonders!

5. Cuts: Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.

6. Eczema / Dermatitis: Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.

7. Nausea or motion sickness:  To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.

8. Nosebleed: To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).

9. Dry or chapped skin: Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.  You can also mix with coconut or a carrier oil for more hydration

10. Chapped or sunburned lips:  Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.

11. Hay fever: Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.

12. Dandruff: Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.

13. Cold sores: Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.

***BONUS: Flavor booster!   Add a few drops of lavender to any recipe you want to enhance. Favorites: add to your water or tea (especially sparkling!), brownies, bars, cookies, dessert recipes, raw chocolate or salad dressings. Enjoy!

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