Lavender oil for personal use, for children and for cleaning

Lavender oil for personal use, for children and for cleaning

When my kids were babies I discovered how well lavender oil helps children sleep. A particular company made a lavender scented bubble bath and right away it seemed to make my life easier by helping my children fall asleep easier. I didn’t realize at the time all the chemicals that were in the bubble bath but now there is a healthier way to get the same affect. Using a drop or 2 in your kids bath at night will help them fall asleep faster and easier at night. I have listed many different ways lavender can be used for health and around the house. Let me know if there is something else you use it for that I may have missed.

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The Many Uses of Lavender Oil

Clean, refreshing, invigorating, soothing, calming – these are words that you associate with lavender. And you can reap all these benefits and more when you use lavender oils. With a timeless fragrance, lavender has been in use since ancient times and even finds references in the Bible. Today it is found in many perfumes and even more scented products ranging from air-fresheners, floor cleaners, incense and various products and the herb is also used in cooking. Essential lavender oils has made lavender easy to use for its amazing properties and more accessible to everybody in a pure and eminently usable form.

How lavender oil helps you

Lavender oil has many health benefits. It helps boost mental and physical health and is used for a variety of problems including

Insomnia – lavender is relaxing and soothing. A few drops of lavender oils on the pillow or on a cotton ball placed near your pillow will help you go to sleep faster and wake up refreshed.
Nervous system disorders – the calming scent of lavender helps treat nerves and stress related problems.
Respiratory problems – inhaled in steam or rubbed when diluted with carrier oil on the skin helps release phlegm, enables better breathing, soothe sore throats and coughs. It helps with respiratory disorders of all kinds including tonsillitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchitis, asthma and more.
Blood circulation – lavender oils used as an aromatherapy treatment helps increase and improve blood circulation and provides protection against hypertension related disorders.
Immunity ailments – when immunity is low, you can fall ill faster. Lavender oils helps boost immunity, improving health.
Digestive difficulties – suffering from digestive disorders? Try lavender oils to reduce flatulence, stomach ache, nausea and even diarrhea.
Urinary disorders – improves the flow of urine and helps with urinary infections as well as reducing cramps due to urinary problems or menstrual cramps.
Skin and hair problems – this wonder oil helps reduce hair fall, acts against lice and nits and stimulates fresh hair growth. For skin it helps with acne and zits and also works against scabies.
Pain – when massaged into painful areas (diluted of course) lavender oils offers significant pain relief in joint related and muscle tension problems like arthritis, rheumatism, backache, lumbago. You can also use it as a compress by soaking a cloth in hot or cold water to which a few drops of lavender oils have been added.

Lavender oil also has antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic, antifungal, and insect repelling properties. No wonder then that lavender oil is regarded as miracle oil. It helps you feel and look good, keeps you healthy and combats disease.

How lavender oil is advantageous for children

Lavender oil is also beneficial to babies and children. The only warning with using lavender oils for kids is that it should be used in very minute quantities and heavily diffused because the skin and bodies of young children are particularly sensitive. Just a drop of essential lavender oils to four to six teaspoons of the carrier oil is recommended for children under six years of age. Lavender oils can be used for

Massage – babies and small children benefit from massage, which is very relaxing. When you add lavender oil to the mix, it becomes even more comforting and calming.
Bathing – add a few drops of lavender oil in the baby’s bathwater.
Sleeping – add a drop to the mattress or pillow to calm a fussy baby and help him sleep.
Aromatherapy – use a diffuser with lavender oil that will gently release lavender fragrance into the air and even help with breathing difficulties, cough and respiratory problems.
Stomach ache or colic – rub the lavender oil mixed with the carrier oil on the baby’s tummy clockwise, very gently. It is soothing and will help relieve pain.
Teething issues – if your baby is cranky because of teething, he can be helped if you rub diluted lavender oil across the jaw line.

Lavender oil can help reduce symptomatic problems, but if your baby is cranky and irritable or physically ill, you need to seek medical advice.

How lavender oil helps with cleaning the house

Lavender oil can even be used around the house and will keep your home smelling fresh and clean, deodorized and reduce the risk of various air borne infections. While you can get many household cleaning products that are scented with lavender, that is not the same as using natural lavender products that have so many benefits besides adding to your green credentials.

Sanitizer – mix some drops of lavender oil with distilled white vinegar. This can be used as a general purpose cleaning and deodorizing spray that on kitchen and bathroom counters, bench tops and other surfaces.
Dishwashing – lavender oil can be added to unscented dish cleaning liquid
Laundry – add lavender oil to your unscented laundry detergent liquid for a fresh and clean fragrance.
Pest repellent – put a few drops of lavender oil on cotton balls and place in kitchen cabinets to repel various insects and pests without posing a danger to the food or the environment.
Freshen your clothes – use a few drops of lavender oil on soft absorbent cloth that can be places strategically in your clothes cupboard, in shoes, in the vacuum cleaner or even in the dryer to keep your clothes smelling fresh.
Tile scrubber – mix together equal amounts of sea salt and baking soda and grind finely. Add some lavender oil and use mixture to clean tiles and even the bathtub.
Air freshener – add some lavender oil to a mixture of water to which a bit of methylated spirits (you can use vodka if spirit is not accessible) are added. Spray this around the room – it helps repel insects and bugs.

Lavender oil has many different uses that help you mentally, physically and physiologically. It also keeps your surroundings clean and fresh, repels bugs and is beneficial for use in many disorders. Once you start using lavender oil, you will wonder how you ever did without it.

To purchase Any essential oils including Lavender oil visit Young Living.

Make Your Own Natural Sunscreen

Make Your Own Natural Sunscreen

There are a lot of sunscreen at the store to choose from but most of them are filled with harmful chemical that you really shouldn’t put on your skin. I found a natural sunscreen that you can make yourself and is good for your skin. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen that naturally has an SPF of 4, if you add carrot seed essential oil it will add spf of 30 so together it is Spf of 34.

Add 4 drops of Carrot seed essential oil to a handful of coconut oil and that’s it.. Do a small test area on your skin beforehand to make sure you don’t react to the oil. It will need to be re-applied depending on how long your out in the sun. If you don’t know where to get the carrot seed oil you can get it HERE

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health-care practitioner prior to use of carrot seed oil.

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Product Review & Giveaway:  DoTerra Essential Oils

Product Review & Giveaway: DoTerra Essential Oils

I had the opportunity to try out Doterra essential oils recently.  I received a kit called Introduction To Essential Oils.  It contained Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon.  I am familiar with essential oils and these particular oils I would consider staples.  I never used DoTerra before and I found these oils to be high quality.

Lavender has many uses.  I have always used it to help my kids get to sleep at night.  It’s also used as a natural antibacterial.  My daughter scraped her knee last week so I put a few drops on her knee every day.  It healed up nicely.  I didn’t use anything else except the lavender oil. You can also use it on bug bites and burns. There are so many other uses.  Lavender should be a staple in everyones home.

Lemon is an oil that also has a lot of uses.  It can be used to clean with. You can also diffuse it in a room to get rid of bad smells without adding any chemicals into the air.  I also put a few drops in a glass of water in the morning and drink it.  It tastes good and the smell is so nice.  It’s a natural liver detox and I think it helps with water retention. If you make your own cleaners lemon added to your cleaner can save you a lot of money and clean well. It’s a natural germ killer and good for removing grease. Your not adding any chemicals and it smells nice. See natural cleaner recipe below.

Peppermint Peppermint is a great pick me up.  You can add it to water for indigestion and any stomach upset.  It can be diffused in the air for a nice smell and air purifier.  Its a good oil to diffuse while your kids are doing their homework. Its stimulating and it creates  awareness. I used peppermint on a cruise to ward off sea sickness.  I only used peppermint and while others used the wrist bands and pills I was the only one we knew on the ship that didn’t get sick.  I just rubbed it on my skin around my neck so I can breath it in.  You can add it to water and drink it also to help with headaches.

Doterra oils are completely natural and have no fillers or chemicals added to them.  They are different than oils you get at the health food store because they don’t have any chemicals added, they are completely 100% pure.  If your going to start using oils in the home I would suggest starting out with these 3 oils because of the amount of uses for these oils.

For more information, to order and for a FREE guide on essential oils visit discovernaturalsolutions.com

Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner

1 cup of white vinegar

2 cups of Hot water

15 drops of Lemon oil

Mix together to use for cleaning.  Its a food, child and pet safe cleaner that will disinfect and refresh the area.

 

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How To Make Lavender Water And It’s Uses

How To Make Lavender Water And It’s Uses

Lavender water can be used many ways around the home

You can use it in the rinse cycle to give the sheets or clothing a light lavender scent, great for helping you sleep.

A body spray for a light scent instead of perfume

A natural bug repellent

A scented spritzer around the home for carpet, sheets, etc.  I even spritz my furniture with it.

 Recipe

2 cups water (distilled)
3 Tbs vodka
16 drops Lavender essential oil ( use a good quality lavender to avoid unneeded chemicals)

Directions:  Mix the essential oil and vodka together then add water. Seal in a mason jar or bottle with tight cap, store in a dark place for 2 weeks before using. occasionally lightly shake the bottle around the move the lavender oil around.  You can put it in a spritzer bottle after 2 weeks.

 photo source: attractingwellness.net