Essential Oil Spotlight: Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil has a wonderful, sweet, floral aroma with herbaceous, balsamic, and woody undertones. The aroma of lavender has been used for many years in sachets, pillows, and potpourri to help promote feelings of serenity and peace.

Lavender essential oil is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. The list of common primary uses, historical uses, French medicinal uses, and other possible uses contains over 120 conditions. So, if in doubt, use lavender!

Lavender essential oil possesses analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, antihistaminic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitumor, cardiotonic, regenerative, and sedative properties.

Body systems often affected by lavender essential oil include the cardiovascular and nervous systems, emotions, and the skin.

Research being conducted on lavender continues to show new possible uses and therapeutic benefits that lavender may possess. To learn more about a number of these research studies, including summaries and sources, please see the book Modern Essentials.

Applications of Lavender Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Lavender essential oil is one of the gentlest essential oils and can be used safely on children, pregnant women, elderly people, animals, and those with sensitive skin. It can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Lavender essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly. Lavender oil promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being when inhaled. It also nurtures creativity.
Internal Application: Lavender essential oil can be taken internally. Try placing a drop or two under the tongue, taking it in a capsule, adding a little to a beverage, or using it as a flavoring in cooking. If adding lavender to a food or beverage, try using just a toothpick at first, and add more to taste.

5 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
The scent of lavender blends well with most oils, especially with citrus oils and other floral oils. As an antihistamine, lavender essential oil is beneficial for relieving allergy symptoms. Its sedative properties make it a great option for promoting a good night’s rest. Try diffusing one of the following blends in your diffuser. You could also add a drop of lavender essential oil to a cloth, tissue, nasal inhaler, or the palms of your hands and breathe in the aroma.

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“Oils to the Rescue” First Aid Kit and Coconut Oil Soothing Balm

Do you have a first aid kit in your home or car? First aid kits are great to have on hand when a little emergency presents itself. But wouldn’t you want to have your essential oils available too? The Oils to the Rescue First Aid Kit combines the basic supplies you need in a standard first aid kit. It also allows space for adding essential oils and customized products that you’ve prepared for common ailments and injuries.

Recommended Essential Oils

If you aren’t sure which oils to include in your kit, try these emergency essential oils:

Cuts and Scrapes
Lavender
Frankincense
Melaleuca
Peppermint
Insect Bites and Stings
Lavender
Melaleuca
Protective Blend
Cleansing Blend (backs ticks out)
Peppermint
Burns
Lavender
Burn Spray
(Spray bottle, water,
Lavender, Peppermint,
Melaleuca)
Headaches
Peppermint
Soothing Blend
Frankincense
Seasonal Discomforts
Lemon
Lavender
Peppermint
Digestive Issues
Digestive Blend
Peppermint
Ginger
Sprains, Strains,
& Splinters

Peppermint
Soothing Blend
Lavender
Protective Blend

You can purchase a card with this information to keep in your kit. Then you’ll know what to do with the oils when an emergency arises.

The Oils to the Rescue First Aid Kit includes 4 large slots that fit 2 oz. size bottles and 6 small slots that fit 15 ml essential oil bottles.

Recommended Additional First Aid Items

Other suggestions of helpful products:

First Aid Coconut Oil Soothing Balm Recipe

This soothing balm is specially formulated to have antiseptic, antimicrobial, analgesic (pain-relieving), and antibacterial properties. It soothes and moisturizes the skin and works well for all first aid injuries, including children’s boo-boos.

This recipe yields 6 oz. So, if you use 2 oz. salve containers, you can keep one at home, take one on-the-go, and give one to a friend.  Or, you could host a make & take class and send your attendees home with their own 1/4 oz. salve jar of balm.

First Aid Coconut Oil Soothing Balm

  • Servings: Yield=6 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil. Remove from heat when melted, and add the melaleuca, frankincense, and lavender essential oils.
  3. Slowly add witch hazel to the mixture, using a hand blender to combine. Blend on high for a few seconds until well incorporated.
  4. Spoon the cooled cream into sealable glass containers. The salve is ready to use. It should go on smooth, and you can expect a waxy, balm-like texture. To avoid contaminating the cream with stray bacteria, try not to touch it directly with your hands. Instead, use a cotton swab or clean tissue to apply it to a wound.

What would you include in your first aid kit? Comment below.

Week of Wellness: Take the Urgency Out of Emergency

Yesterday, we were pleased to host a class called “Take the Urgency Out of Emergency” taught by author Tamalu Watkins in our new Elevé™ Event Center. This class was part of our Week of Wellness to celebrate the grand opening of our new AromaTools™ retail store in Pleasant Grove, UT. This post covers the highlights of what was taught in that class.

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Emergency Essential Oils Kit

The first step to having a truly useful emergency essential oils kit is learning how to use oils to benefit your family today with their everyday health concerns. This competence is the key to a customized kit and the confidence to use it, says Tamalu Watkins—a mother, grandmother, massage therapist, author, and essentials oils educator.

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Do members of your family have allergy, respiratory, digestive, or blood pressure issues? Then, oils that address those ailments must not only be part of your emergency kit but also part of your mastered skill set. Your everyday needs will only intensify in a time of emergency. And that’s before anything else that an accident, sudden illness, or epidemic may throw your way. In other words, “practice makes permanent.” Determine to develop a skill set that will help you intuitively respond better when a crisis comes.

After your personalized oils, add other combinations and blends suitable for any emergency: calming (for victims and yourself as responder), cleansing, protective, respiratory, etc. For example, through years of having sons who play contact sports, Tamalu added bergamot to her kit for protection against head trauma.

What to Include in Your Kit

FirstAidBoxTo round things out, here is Tamalu’s basic supply list to equip you as a ready “first responder” in emergencies:

  • Empty Gelatin Capsules for taking essential oils orally or as suppositories.
  • Vegetable Glycerin as a carrier oil for taking oils orally (especially for children who can’t swallow capsules). A couple of drops of lemon (and a drop of oregano for adults) in a spoonful of glycerin can help soothe a sore throat or cough—the glycerin is naturally sweet and will not compromise the immune system or become dangerous over time like commercial cough syrups. To soothe cracked, bleeding skin, add a drop each of lavender and fractionated coconut oil to a glycerin base, and apply topically.
  • Baking soda for aiding detoxification. Make a paste, and spread it over affected areas. Add a drop of Purifying Blend for insect bites or a combination of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus for rashes.
  • Epsom Salts for detoxification as well as for reducing swelling and pain. Add to water to soak a sprain, strain, or bruise.
  • Fractionated coconut oil for diluting essential oils when massaging a large area or applying to sensitive skin.
  • Hydrogen peroxide for applying to wounds to loosen embedded materials.
  • Mustard plaster for a disaster in which lungs are affected. Use with caution, especially on small children and pets. Basic recipe: 3 heaping tablespoons dry mustard, 5 heaping tablespoons flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and water. Combine dry ingredients, and add enough water for a thick paste. The wetter the plaster, the “hotter” it becomes. Do not apply it directly to the skin. Spread it on a clean rag, or—better yet—spread between two old, clean t-shirts and then wear the double t-shirt. Discard the rag or t-shirts after treatment, and rinse the skin.
  • A variety of bandages and self-adhering sports wrapping tape for dressing all types of wounds. Rinse the wound with clean water, if possible. For embedded debris, soak with hydrogen peroxide to loosen, and then rinse. Drop lavender, melaleuca, or other soothing oils or blends onto the wound to cleanse, reduce pain, and promote healing. Seal with fractionated coconut oil (or other ointment), and cover with a gauze sponge. Wrap with gauze roll, and secure with self-adhering tape.

Knowledge Is Power

Tamalu’s ultimate objective for emergency preparedness is this: “Drop me—or you—into any situation with oils in hand, and we can come out OK because our knowledge will make a difference for good.” To benefit from Tamalu’s 20 years of experience with essential oils, check out her pamphlets, brochures, and books at AromaTools.com.

About the Presenter


TamaluWatkinsTamalu Watkins is an educator, massage therapist, author, mother of 9, and grandmother of 3 healthy, happy, and active children. Nutrition, essential oils, and essential oil application have been her focus for most of the past 20 years. You won’t regret time spent learning from her years of applied study.

Class Idea: Emergency Oils

One of the best ways to get someone excited about essential oils is to share with them how essential oils can help them and their families in everyday life. A very effective class to teach is one on emergency essential oils. These basic essential oils and blends can be used for so many everyday ailments and are great to have on hand as part of your essential oils first aid kit.

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To help you with your essential oil class, we created a tear pad called “Safety, Security, and Peace of Mind with Emergency Oils.” This tear pad discusses each of the following oils and their applications in everyday life.

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Single Essential Oils for Emergencies:

Clove – for pain and toxins
Frankincense – for inflammation and pain
Lavender – for calming and stress reduction
Lemon – for cleansing and mood elevation
Lemongrass – for cramping muscles
Melaleuca – for soothing and healing
Oregano – for immune system support
Peppermint – for indigestion and cooling

Essential Oil Blends for Emergencies:

Massage Blend – for stress relief
Respiratory Blend – for respiratory support
Soothing Blend – for muscle and joint health
Digestive Blend – for natural digestive support
Protective Blend – for natural immune support
Cleansing Blend – for natural pathogen defense
Insect Repellent Blend – for repelling insects and bugs

As you discuss each of these oils in your class, pass around samples for your class attendees to smell and to try if they want. Help those attending to get excited about the oils and to really see how the oils could help them deal with everyday cuts, scrapes, bruises, upset stomachs, etc. without having to run to the doctor or the pharmacy for every single little thing. Make sure you have a Modern Essentials book on hand to help you answer questions and to look up other ailments that may not be included on the tear pad.

If you are looking for a fun giveaway to generate excitement and help increase class attendance, try putting together an emergency oils kit for your giveaway using our Essential Bag Carrying Case, Sample Vials, and Sample Labels. Include samples of each of the emergency oils or else just a few of your favorites and an Emergency Oils Tear Pad sheet.

Have fun with this class, and let us know how it goes for you!