Wednesday Wellness: Everyday Essential Oils – Lavender

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Growing up depending on antihistamines sure does not bode well for my body, that I’m sure. When I said ‘depending on antihistamines’, I meant REALLY, my day-to-day lifestyle was pivoted on my use of those histamine antagonists. From seafood allergies to dust and cough lozenges to cold panadols, my skin would break out in hives that affected not only my physical self but my self-esteem and confidence. It’s ironic how over the years I take precautions for my health by taking antihistamines almost daily. Well, prevention is key right? Little did I know the toll it was taking on my body.

It’s scary to think how much we depend on those synthetic drugs. Like I said in this post from Health News Impact;

“Drugs and oils work in opposite ways. Drugs toxify. Oils detoxify. Drugs clog and confuse receptor sites. Oils clean receptor sites.

Drugs depress the immune system. Oils strengthen the immune system. Antibiotics attack bacteria indiscriminately, killing both the good and the bad. Oils attack only the harmful bacteria, allowing our body’s friendly flora to flourish.”

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I’m not saying that Young Living’s Lavender is an antihistamine alternative nor am I saying that you should do as I’m doing. I’m merely sharing experiences and recounts of people I’ve known as well as giving you the option to research what you are giving your body.

Young Living has 4 Lavender farms (that I know of) in Utah, Idaho, Provence, and Ecuador. The founder of Young Living, Gary Young, makes sure that each and every product from the farms are of the utmost quality to be certified therapeutic. So do be wary of the essential oils you may come across or have come across as they may (most probably) have been altered with hybrid or synthetic linalol and linalyl acetate to produce that potent imitation of lavender smell but not its therapeutic properties.

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One of the most versatile oils, lavender has been historically used for its beauty and calming effects from perfume to antiseptic uses and from calming to healthy skin aids. Due to its complex properties, YL’s lavender essential oil is a powerful adptagen, which means it has the ability to adapt to imbalances in your body. In fact, YL oils’ mainly help to balance our body back to its equilibrium.

Ever since I started using YL’s lavender essential oil, whether by diffusing, applying or ingesting, I slowly find myself not needing to depend on them much anymore. Of course when I first started I was on it was more often than normal, but with its therapeutic benefits, it helped to get my system balanced and I no longer rely on it as much. Here are a couple of other ways in which Lavender essential oil have been used by some;

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INHALE/DIFFUSE

  1. Cold-diffuse to soothe and relax the mind and body as it brings you to a calm balance (it may induce sleep to some)
  2. Diffusing also helps to repel insects
  3. Diffuse to cleanse the air and in turn soothe your lungs
  4. Make a water spray in glass bottle for your homemade cooling mist or perfume
  5. Put a few drops on your pillow before bed to help calm your mind
  6. Place a few drops on cotton balls and throw them in the dryer to deodorize and freshen your laundry

TOPICAL (Based on experiences and recounts, so beware of skin sensitivity)

  1. Apply on skin (unbroken skin) to soothe irritants and heal minor irritation
  2. Helps to aid bee stings and reduce swelling and itching
  3. Soothe minor burns (and sunburns) and heals to prevent scarring
  4. Apply on minor cuts to stop bleeding and aid in healing
  5. For non-sensitive skin, apply on eczema or dematitis to bring to dryness
  6. Place a few drops on palm of your hands, rub both hands together and massage your sinus areas to reduce flare ups. Affected sinus areas are nasal passages, temples, forehead, back of the neck, brain stem and between the eyes
  7. Stop a nosebleed by putting a drop of lavender oil on a cold damp towel and hold it under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose until bleeding stops
  8. Rub onto scalp to eliminate dandruff
  9. Apply on a cold sore
  10. Apply on skin blemishes and acnes to dry them
  11. Gently rub on bruises as they help to promote circulation
  12. Apply on skin with V-6 Oil to use as lotion and insect repellant

INGESTION

  1. Place 2 drops under the tongue if you feel a skin allergy coming up (beware of its bitter taste but hold it in before your swallow as it gets to your blood system faster)
  2. Ingesting lavender oil will also help to sooth your body back to its balanced presence of mind which may help you with sleep
  3. Ingesting under the tongue helps to alleviate with motion sickness (can also use Peppermint)
  4. Make lavender-infused desserts! But keep in mind if you want to keep its therapeutic properties, keep these oils cool and not heated. Otherwise, the heat will alter its therapeutic benefits and you want to merely use their scent in your food

These are just some of the recounts of mine and others’ testimonials. If you think about it, all these uses do makes sense as its sole benefit is to bring balance and calmness to your body, mind and soul. Remember, some of these are better used consistently and diligently before it gets better. Be patient and good things will come!

Xx

*Disclaimer: The information on Yours Naturely is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any diseases, illnesses or imbalances and should not be used in place of medical advice from your health care professionals. It is provided from personal experiences and is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

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