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Oil Of The Week: Lavender (Week 1)

I've wanted to learn more about the oils I am using. I have been doing a number of courses and workshops lately, learning to use essential oils safely in yoga, around pets and in our home.  This has prompted me to want to delve deeper into the individual oils I use.   I'm compiling a list of all the oils I've heard people say that they were loving and that I love, and I am going to study and bring you some information about each one of them.  I hope to bring you a new oil each week.  If I can do that for a year, we will all know much more about fifty two essential oils and their benefits over the next year!  To kick this off I've chosen Lavender.  Lavender has long been referred to as first aid in a bottle and every home should have some on standby.

Topical Uses:
  • Great addition to your favourite shampoos, lotions and skin care products as it may help create a more youthful complexion
  • I've found it greatly helps kitchen burns on hands and arms
Aromatic:
  • Calming
  • Relaxing
  • Balancing, both physically and emotionally
  • May help improve concentration and mental acuity
Culinary:
  • Add to food and drink recipes for a beautiful floral taste.
  • Put a new spin on a classic meal and pair it with chicken, lamb or even potatoes.
  • Make homemade fruit jams infused with Lavender essential oil.  Try mixing it with blueberry, apricot, raspberry, or peach jams and jellies.
  • Combine Lavender’s earthy, low notes with bright citrus flavours.  Experiment with lavender-lemonade or a citrus sorbet.
  • Complement dairy with Lavender essential oil in shortbread, pound cake, ice cream, meringue, or whipped cream recipes.
  • Balance Lavender in savoury dishes with herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and oregano.
When to Diffuse:
  • When a calming, comforting and soothing space is needed
  • When you would like a welcoming and restful environment
  • When you need a fresh clean scent and to eliminate odours 
Diffuser Blends:

Dream Blend

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Meditate and Elevate Blend

  • 3 drops Wintergreen
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Frankincense

Calming & Grounding Blend

  • 4 drops Vetiver
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Frankincense
Did You Know?
  • Lavender is part of the mint family
  • Young Living has three farms that grow lavender, located in Utah, Idaho, and France.
  • Lavender is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant, and it takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of Lavender essential oil.
  • In ancient Greece, Pedanius Dioscorides, a physician pharmacologist and botanist, praised the many qualities and uses of lavender.
  • Historically, Greeks used lavender aromatically by burning it.  The ancient Romans used it in their baths for washing and valued it so highly that one pound of lavender flowers were sold for the equivalent of a month’s wages for a farm labourer.
  • Today, Lavender is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmocopoeia
  • French scientist Rene Gattefosse was the first to discover lavender's ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory explosion

 

  • Please note that most of the information here can be found on the Young Living website or comes from my own experience
  • Not all essential oils are of the same quality.  I would only use Young Living oils if using in cooking as suggested above
  • Please contact me if you would like any further information on essential oils or to find out why I would only recommend Young Living essential oils
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