Thursday, November 23, 2017

Lavender Oil: The Grandmother

Let's Celebrate LAVENDER!

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of Young Living's most popular products, Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.

Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.

+ Treat yourself to this well-loved aroma by adding a few drops of oil to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products.

+ Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops oil and adding to a hot bath.

+ Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil.

+ Unwind with a Lavender-infused neck or back massage.

+ Use Lavender as part of your evening routine. Rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle.

+ Create a DIY room freshener with Lavender or diffuse it to banish stale odors.

Oil Spotlight: Lavender: The Grandmother (from Courtney Critz)

For those of you who are new to this group, I like to assign personalities to oils. Hang with me, I'm not crazy. Well, maybe…

So often we start thinking about oils in dosages and prescriptions, and they're just not like that. They're closer to foods with certain components that help our bodies in different ways. So instead of thinking specifically about how I use this oil for this problem, I think more about how this oil does this job in my body and can be applied in many, many situations.

Lavender Oil: The Grandmother

Where to BUY
For instance, Lavender Oil. For many this is their gateway into oil territory. Lavender makes me think of a wonderful Grandmother. Soft and huggable, gentle, smells like flowers, calming, and the one you want around if you are sad, tired, or need comforting. She has experience and wisdom and seems to be able to fix every problem. She is soft-spoken and makes you feel more rested the moment she's around. And she seems to have that perfect knack with any baby.

For centuries lavender has been used for sleep. It has been put into pillows and mattresses, wrapped up with clothes, added to handkerchiefs (hello, diffuser) and used in aromatherapy for relaxation. It has been added to all kinds of tonics and potions for skin and smelling salts for fragile ladies whose corsets were tied a little too tight. 

Unfortunately, over the years, many "lavender" scented items became filled with synthetics and fillers which actually irritated our airways and lost all of their benefits. People even started giving lavender a bad reputation as being unsafe because of all the synthetic, chemical-laden products that had been used bearing its name. There is more lavender oil sold than grown in the world which doesn't really add up right. But, hooray!, Young Living began growing and distilling its own lavender to ensure a high quality oil, making sure that we had the real thing again. I've planted and harvested it myself in Idaho and Utah! I mean, who wants a fake grandmother? Little Red Riding Hood can tell you that is NOT a good plan.

Today we use our Young Living Lavender Oil in many similar ways. In our lotions, bath products, sleep roll-ons, diffusers, and on our precious babies. It is a gentle oil with a calming effect on everything from our respiratory systems, to our skin, to our emotions. So when you have a problem and you want something to be comforted, whether it's your irritated nose, your foot, or your baby, remember The Grandmother of all oils and give her a try.

- Add to diffuser for calming and sleep
- Apply to palms and inhale deeply when upset or tense
- Add to skincare recipes or directly to soothe skin
- Apply to sinus areas to soothe the respiratory system, especially with seasonal changes
- Rub on tiny feet for comfort

Lavender+ Vitality
- Add to foods and drinks for a delicious flavor. Example: Lavender Lemonade
- Drop under the tongue or add a drop to food or drink for immediate calming of the respiratory system.



For the first few months that I had my starter kit of essential oils, I was in the dark about their emotional benefits. I still laugh (but mostly cry) about how they would sit unused when I was stressed, thinking I was going crazy, or feeling really hopeless. 

An oil doesn’t have to have an emotional sounding name, like “Joy”, to be an emotionally uplifting oil. What I’ve discovered is that the basic oils have everything you need to establish a foundation or routine for emotional wellness.

Courtney likened Lavender to a Grandmother, gentle and comforting. Emotionally, we can carry that example over and say that Grammy Lavender helps us calm down when we’re afraid of being abandoned, and encourages us to be more gentle when we are critical of ourselves or others. And she is always a safe place for vulnerability, encouraging us to try new things, and to never give up. 

Lavender emotionally helps us to release abandonment, criticism, and fear of unfoldment. Most people associate the scent with sound sleep, which makes perfect sense if you consider how many children struggle to sleep for fear of being left alone. 

Additionally, inner criticism can rob us of relaxation since it causes physical stress. The fear of unfoldment ties directly into both of these, as it can be caused by fear of being criticized when people see us for what we are. We might fear being rejected and abandoned when we are vulnerable. 

ACTIVATION: start some lavender in the diffuser or rub it between your hands and inhale for several moments

Consider these emotions:



Fear of unfoldment

If you can, journal about where these negative emotions have impacted your relationships. 

Inhale lavender, and apply it to the lower back, the upper back of the scalp (the point where hair starts falling back instead of to the side), and at the love handles just below the waist. 

Focus on these new truths to release the old emotional patterns. Repeat any time you recognize the old pattern cropping up. 

I embrace all of life’s experiences

I receive

I allow movement

With consistency, we can change the way we think, and consequently, change our health from the inside out.



(this is the one that comes with the white vitality label, which is labeled for internal use! yay!)

Use Young Living Lavender Vitality essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) to create elegant dishes that will impress your family and friends. The herb has a sweet, slightly floral flavor that pairs well with both rich and light foods. Use Lavender Vitality™ essential oil to conveniently add this delightful flavor to your meals.

Although more popular with sweeter recipes, Lavender Vitality oil’s benefits extend to savory dishes as well. In fact, lavender is sometimes included in the famous Herbes de Provence along with spices such as marjoram, thyme, oregano, and rosemary. Put a new spin on a classic meal and pair it with chicken, lamb, or even potatoes.

Just a hint can enhance the flavor of your entire recipe. To avoid overwhelming your food, start small. Try dipping a toothpick in your oil and then swirling the toothpick in your food preparations.

Lavender Vitality Essential Oil Uses:

+ Make homemade fruit jams infused with Lavender Vitality essential oil. Try mixing it with blueberry, apricot, raspberry, or peach jams and jellies.

+ Combine Lavender Vitality’s earthy, low notes with bright citrus flavors. 

+ Experiment with lavender-lemonade or a citrus sorbet.

+ Complement dairy with Lavender Vitality in shortbread, pound cake, ice cream, meringue, or whipped cream recipes.

+Balance Lavender Vitality in savory dishes with herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and oregano.


So how do YOU love to use lavender? What are your stories with this oil? Share in the comments (I'm going to as well!). Tag your new team members in this post. Get them excited about using this oil and all the ways it can benefit their lives!

I am an independent distributor of Young Living.  Patti Friday Kennedy #12680967
***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

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