The top selling essential oil for a good reason!
Lavender seems to be good for everything. Add some to your massage oil for an evening foot rub to relax yourself, partner or kids. Rub some on the belly for an upset stomach. Put a drop on your temples and neck to relax tension headaches. Apply a drop undiluted to burns. (Otherwise don't add any other oil based things to burns! Only aloe or burn-specific medicine).
Lavender calms the skin when irritated or red. It also calms a stressed mind ~ so breathe it in as a perfume, in a diffusor or just take a big sniff when you need it. I love lavender mixed in the diffusor at work with peppermint and lemon; it's the perfect blend to lift the mood and reduce tension.
If you love lavender, a safe way to take it internally for potent anxiety reduction and improved digestion is with Lavela caps.10 ml
Important notes on essential oils:
Essential oils offer very potent medicine. Just a few molecules of an inhaled essential oil impacts the brain's limbic system in seconds and can quickly shift our physiology and mood. This can happen even before we register the smell in our nose. Make no mistake about it~ essential oils may smell flowery and are used in perfumes, but they have potent action and should be used with care and respect.
Only use these essential oils externally. Dilute essential oils in lotion or vegetable carrier oil before massage or other topical use. Some oils, like lavender or tea tree can be applied in small amounts, directly on the skin. Some essential oils are caustic to the skin (like cinnamon) and others will make your skin much more sensitive to the sun (none of the oils being sold here).
Too much of any oil can make you nauseous and give you a headache~ so start slowly. If you use too much, wash the skin with milk, nothing else works as quickly.
Wearing diluted oils as a perfume is a way to get continued effect. Start with 1-3 drops in a carrier oil of choice (ie. almond, jojoba, coconut, olive). Since they are natural, they are usually well tolerated by even people with chemical sensitivities.
Diffusing oils in a diffusor or in a bowl with steaming water will fill the room with wonderful smells and often brighten the mood. For sinus clearing, I suggest therapeutic application of steam inhalation for 5 minutes twice daily. To add to the bath, it is best to mix a few drops in a bit of milk and then add to the bath. The reason for this is that otherwise the oil will just sit at the top of the water.
Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health conditions, or are taking medications, please consult your healthcare provider prior to using essential oils.