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Essential Oils

Oil Spotlight – Lavender

Lavender
The oil of communication & calm

In honour of this weeks oil, I have added a new DIY recipe.
A 2 ingredient carpet cleaning powder, you can find it here!

If you had to only pick one oil to take with you throughout your whole life, this would be the one to choose!
But why? Well, let’s find out.

Lavender is a flowering plant that is part of the mint family (yep, I didn’t know that either)
It can be found across the world, from domestic garden beds to dried pot potpourri in a drawer, you can even use it in cooking! I found a recipe not too long ago for lemon and lavender water that I am keen to try.
Despite being known for its calming and inviting scent, the versatility of lavender is absolutely incredible.

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Properties of Lavender

  • Analgesic (Pain relief)
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Aromatic
  • Sedative

A lot of A-words in there, but all of them are awesome!

So with all of these wonderful properties, how can you actually use lavender to benefit and improve your health?
The list is really long, so I have shortened it to some of the most common uses!

Top benefits of lavender

  • Aids in fighting off negative emotional troubles such as anxiety, irritability and depression.
  • Helps as a sleep aid and fights off insomnia.
  • Relieves headaches and muscle tension
  • Can give you a renewed sense of energy
  • Use it on mild burns such as sunburn to aid in healing and provide some relief
  • Assists with fighting the symptoms of sore muscles and arthritic-like symptoms
  • Can be used to tend to bug bites, but you probably won’t need that since it also acts as an insect repellant!
  • Provides skin support and helps the fight against oily skin, acne and eczema.
  • Fights against dandruff and helps your hair stay healthy.
  • Fight odours and use it in a room spray.

How. Cool. Is. That?
If you want to make use of any of these benefits, there are a couple of methods to do it. Some require topical use (on your skin) and others diffusing it. You can also ingest lavender under the guidance of a medical professional, but seeing as I am not one, we won’t cover that today!

Topical Use

When using topically this basically means that you add the essential oil on to your skin.
Lavender is one of the more gentle oils so it can be applied neat (without any dilution), however applying it diluted is always my recommendation.

The best and simplest way to use this oil topically is by adding it into a roller and then applying it to any effected areas. This is best for:

  • Skin support
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Headaches (apply to the temple and back of neck)
  • Fighting off negative emotions (apply to soles of your feet, wrists, neck.. anywhere you want!)

Diffusing

As you probably know, this is the method of adding essential oils into your diffuser, topping off with some water and letting the magical machine do its work.
Diffusing is the best way to access these benefits:

  • Eliminate bad odours and replace them with a lovely scent
  • Improve moods
  • Assist with sleep and insomnia (diffuse it before bed)
  • Promote a happy and calm environment in your home

Other methods of use

Topically and diffusing are not the only methods. You can add this oil to all kinds of things and reap the rewards!

  • Add it to a room spray spritzer for a quick freshen
  • Combine it with DIY Body Wash
  • Add it to a DIY Bath Salts recipe and soak in relaxation
  • Add it to shampoo to revitalise and aid hair growth
  • Use it in a carpet cleaner and remove any bad odours while also cleaning your carpet (I have a 2 ingredient recipe for this here!)
  • Combine it with the best skin-friendly carrier oils and make a refreshing face serum (Rosehip oil is an amazing one for this!)

So many uses, so little time to tell you about them all!
But you should definitely get this oil if you don’t have it already. It is a real game changer!

If you don’t have it, then head over to my store and grab a bottle (or 12!)

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Jess is an aspiring blogger, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. After relocating to remote Christmas Island, Australia, to be with her fiance, she became a mother for the first time. As a long-time sufferer of anxiety, Jess knew that as a mother she couldn't keep letting it take control of her life. Using the power of planning, Jess has learned how to use her passion for organisation to minimise anxiety and maximise her self-worth. Now she runs her blog, Mindful Galaxy, to bring all of these lessons straight to you so that you can live your best life.

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