Allow me to introduce the lovely Lavender. Because of its versatility and more than 1000 uses, it is often called the Swiss army knife of essential oils, the one to have on hand when you need an oil (and when do you not ever need an oil?!). I'm pretty sure it's the oil MacGyver would carry around in his pocket. It is certainly is a vital part of any home’s wellness kit and is found in many of the Young Living essential oil blends (e.g. Brain Power, Forgiveness, Gentle Baby, Harmony, Highest Potential, Motivation, Surrender).
While this lovely one is one of the most well-known of essential oils, here are some interesting facts you might not be aware of, and some useful tips to bring more lavender loveliness into your life.
There exist five different Lavender essential oil species, with Lavandula angustifolia (aka L. officials) recognised as being true lavender. This is what Young Living grows - with seeds originally gifted by Lavender growers in Provence, France.
It is best harvested when the glucose content in the plant peaks. Meaning that after cutting, drying the lavender for several days before distilling will allow for more of the glucose to convert into essential oil, thus creating a richer oil.
Young Living have three farms where they grow their lavender, in Utah, Idaho and France. The soil is carefully nurtured to have soil pH value of 7.5, the optimal condition for growing lavender.
It takes 27 square feet of lavender to produce 15ml of essential oil.
Lavender is one of the few essential oils to be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.
Researchers at University of Miami found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. And a 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress while increasing alertness. It has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity.
A universal essential oil, Lavender is traditionally known to balance the body and work wherever there is a need.
True Lavender essential oil has a vibrational frequency of 118 MHz, fresh herbs have a frequency of 20-27 MHz, tinned food has a frequency of 0 MHz, a normal human body between 62-78 MHz. The rate and pitch of a person's vibration will affect their level of physical and emotional health. A substance with a higher frequency can increase the vibration of a substance with a lower frequency.
It is a nuturing oil, useful in times when we need to nourish ourselves more, and helpful for highly sensitive people in stressful situations.
Some of the chemical constituents in Lavender include: aldehydes, known to be calming; ketones, known to stimulate cell regeneration; esters, which are known to be balancing, calming and emotionally releasing.
Lavender can be helpful with emotional challenges such as agitation, anger, anxiousness, boredom, concentration, despair, disappointment, discouragement, frustration, grief and sorrow, irritability, mood swings, obsessiveness, panic and restlessness.
The word lavender is derived from the latin meaning "to wash". It can easily be added to any cleaning products you already make, or add a few drops to your vacuum cleaner bag.
It's calming and soothing to the skin and wonderful for skin circulation. Make your own all natural moisturiser with jojoba, sesame, coconut, almond, apricot kernel, even olive oil (or the V-6 enhanced vegetable oil complex from Young Living), and a few drops of lavender.
Keep a bottle in your kitchen for the times you accidentally burn your hand on a pot or the oven (#mumlyfe).
Try adding a drop to your mascara to nourish the lashes, and get more longevity from your mascara. Or use Lavender to create your own all natural makeup remover - with jojoba oil, witchhazel, lavender oil and water.
A drop of lavender adds a delicious flavour to hot chocolate, cold lemonade, or homemade Herbes de Provence mix.
Place a drop on your pillow for a peaceful night's sleep.
The "swiss army knife" of essential oils... When in doubt, bring the lavender out!
Every home should be equipped with Lavender essential oil. Luckily Young Living include it as a staple in their Premium Starter kits, along with 10 other of their most popular all-rounder oils. You can read more about these kits here or head straight over here to equip yourself.
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