Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. The ancient Greeks called it nardus. The herb was so important that it was even mention in the Song of Soloman as nard. It wasn’t until Ancient Roman times that lavender received a name closer to what we call it today. The Romans named it lavandārius from lavanda, which means things to be washed, because they would put the herb in their baths and on their beds and clothing. We continue to use lavender because it has several culinary uses, helps relieve the symptoms of many skin conditions, and is useful for aromatherapy.

When ingesting lavender, you must make sure you are using an edible essential oil because not all those available on the market are fit for human consumption. One way to make sure you won’t get sick is to go with a trusted brand, such as doTERRA, that will tell you which essential oils you can use internally.

If you love lavender, you may want to experiment with it in cooking. Lavender is very versatile. It can be added to almost anything to add flavor complexity and can be used in place of rosemary in bread and fish dishes. Many people also enjoy adding it to champagne or chocolate dishes. However, a little bit goes a long way. Using too much can make your meal taste bitter or like perfume.

External uses for lavender oil often have the user apply the oil directly to their skin. Lavender oil can be used to promote the growth of healthy skin and hair. It can be used to sooth small cuts, burns, bruises and insect bites because it helps stimulate blood flow. Many people have found success with using lavender to help treat acne.

Lavender essential oil can also be used to improve mood and provide a sense of tranquility. To get the most out of lavender, apply it to your wrists in the morning and rub a little on your pillow before you go to bed.

These are only a few of the uses for Lavender essential oil. For those who are unsure of which essential oil to start with, Lavender is a great place to start because there are so many ways to use it.

 

Essential Oils For a Safer, Cleaner Home

A clean home is something most of us desire. Having a clean home keeps germs away and reduces allergies from dust and other pollutants.   However, many of the products we clean with are toxic to our health and produce fumes that are highly irritating to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home.

Fragrances are added to many cleaners, most notably, laundry detergents and fabric softeners which may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. To make matters worse, companies are not required to list their ingredients, but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”

Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but are proven to contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption.  

While the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, and are poisonous if ingested.  There is no safe exposure level according to the EPA.

Over 100,000 children under the age of 6 are sickened by household cleaners each year.  

The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia.

So how do you know if your products are harmful?  Look for labeling that reads, “DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, FLAMMABLE, POISON”

So how can we clean our homes safely and effectively? Skip the toxins and start cleaning your home with essential oils! Essential oils protect against seasonal and environmental threats.  They naturally kill bacteria, germs, fungi and mold.

Oils are multi-purpose and can be used to clean your house but also for many personal care needs.

Essential oils cost pennies per drop so you can save money on cleaning products and make your own!

Essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic properties, which makes them ideal for cleaning. Here are some popular ways to use essential oils for cleaning:

  1. Lemon- dissolves sticky residue, cleans greasy messes, polishes furniture
  2. Melaleuca – kills mold, toilet bowl cleaner, all purpose cleaner
  3. Lavender- all purpose cleaner, freshens linens, add to wash loads
  4. Wild Orange – degreases and shines, add to all purpose cleaner for a great scent.  

Some additional products to have on hand for natural cleaning are:

  1. White Vinegar- which kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes and dissolves mineral deposits.
  2. Baking soda-scrubs, whitens, deodorizes, cuts grease, mildly abrasive and absorbs odors.  
  3. Carrier oil- such as almond, coconut or olive oil for polishing furniture.
  4. Castile soap-  which is a vegetable based soap to be used for personal care needs and for household cleaning.

Visit https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog-products for diy recipes for a cleaner home!

Eco-friendly natural cleaners made of lemon and baking soda on white wooden table

Benefits of Peppermint Oil

Peppermint’s beneficial properties have been known since Ancient Egyptian times, when it was used to ease indigestion. During the 1700s, peppermints popularity spread through Western Europe as people found it helped with nausea and respiratory infections. We continue to use it today for these purposes and more. Below are a few uses for peppermint essential oil.

Reduces Nausea and Aids in Digestion

Dropping a few drops of peppermint oil into tea can help ease nausea. This peppermint oil works by relaxing your stomach muscles, allowing bile to break down fats and move food through the stomach. However, if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, it is not recommended that you ingest peppermint oil because the oil can make the condition worse.

Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties

While the antifungal and antibacterial properties of peppermint have yet to be studied in depth, there is some promising information. In a 1996, the National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study from the Regional Medical Research Centre in India. The study found that peppermint was effective against all 22 bacterial strains and 11 of the 12 fungi tested. By applying some to your nails, you can take advantage of peppermint oils antifungal properties.

Stress Relief

Peppermint oil helps with stress relief. The menthol in peppermint acts as a natural muscle relaxant, which soothes your muscles. This works because we usually feel physically tense when stressed out.

Eases Muscle Pain

The menthol in peppermint oil also help with muscle aches and reducing inflammation. The essential oil can be used in a massage, applied in a cold compress applied over the injured area, or used in a bath to relieve muscle pain and stiffness.

Peppermint essential oil is just one of the many beneficial oils available from doTERRA. See my doTERRA website to order.