How I Use Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is the essential oil I recommend most when people come to me for suggestions. It is the most well-rounded oil for supporting the body. Have a scrape? Use Lavender oil. It helps to support the immune system. Bug bite? This study suggests that it may inhibit the release of histamine. Kid climbing the walls? LAVENDER STAT! It’s great for relaxation and supporting the nervous system. Katie loves it, so it’s my most used oil for my kiddo.
How I use Lavender essential oil
I’m lucky enough to be destined for a kitchen burn almost every time I cook (I did it again last night). Apply a drop of lavender right away and all the pain and redness are gone within 20 minutes. If only I had known about it when I burned my stomach with the iron. Don’t ask.
Straight lavender is the best way to calm my hyper girl down before bed. A drop diluted in a teaspoon of shea butter on the back of her neck and feet and she turns back into my peaceful little lamb ready to snuggle down for a story. Add a drop of German chamomile to the mix and she drops like a stone. I just bought my first bottle and call it my horse tranquilizer. I should just call it awesomesauce. On a side note: why do children get so wound up at bedtime?
Scrapes and Bug Bites
For small scrapes, I usually use straight shea butter or my tallow skin balm to protect and inhibit germs but sometimes kids and cats get a little rambunctious together. Cat bites can be bad news. I add a drop of lavender to the butter or balm and apply it for an extra antibiotic layer. I am a bit of a freak about catching diseases from mosquitos. Since we live in Michigan and right off of a lake, bites are inevitable at times. The bug spray I make has a combination of lavender, Young Living’s Purification blend, and peppermint, but I also wash any bites off with castile soap and then apply a drop of lavender neat for an extra layer of protection. It also helps with any itching or swelling.
I rarely get headaches, but I had the headache of all headaches the other night. Splitting. Pounding. Blinding. Pain. I figured it would be the perfect time to put my oils to the test. I mixed a blend of
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Peppermint
- 1 drop German Chamomile
- about 1 teaspoon shea butter to dilute
and applied a thin layer to the back of my neck, temples, TMJ point, and the bottoms of my feet. Within 10 minutes, it relaxed me so much that I took a short nap. I woke up with nothing but some neck and brain soreness, and there was no sign of it by the next morning. I am very cautious with my recommendation of oils and their usage, but they have gained a permanent place in my healing toolbox for sure.
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Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.