Lavender Essential Oil: Heavenly Helper, Plus Two New Ones to Try

I mentioned that one of my new alternative health treatments is essential oils.  I have three favorites that I plan to never be without, and I’m trying a few more as I can.  I’ll try to review them here, so you know what I’m using and how it works.

My three favorite oils are lavender, peppermint, and lemon.  Last month, I was out of lavender, so I restocked and ordered a Young Living blend called Endoflex for myself and RC for my dad.

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Besides the fact that lavender smells so good, it is a very versatile oil.  Here are some of the things we have used it for:

1. Diffuse it while you shower and get dressed in the morning for a calming start to the day.

2. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and I recently used it on an incision that was taking a long time to heal.

3. My oldest two daughters use it on especially stubborn acne, and it clears up quickly.

4. I have suffered, and I do mean suffered, with unusually bad allergies this year, particularly around my eyes.  The first time was so bad, a doctor prescribed steroids to reduce the swelling.  The next time it started, I had learned a little about lavender oil, so I dabbed some around my eyes as soon as they started itching.  Within the hour, the itching stopped and my eyes didn’t swell.  Now, I put it on every night, just dotting it around the eye socket.  Don’t get it too close to any inflamed skin or the eye, itself.

5. One of my daughters has cat/dog allergies, and I used it the other night when one of her eyes was pretty puffy.  We washed her down pretty good because she had been around a lot of dogs, then I put the lavender oil across her cheeks and forehead.  She was completely cleared up the next morning.

6. Use it in your bath water to unwind after a busy day.

7. My husband and I both use it for headaches.  Put a drop on your temples and rub around the back of the neck.  I admit, I just rubbed it over my entire face with one particular headache.

8. I use lavender to scent my lotions and sugar scrubs.  Heavenly.

9. I burned myself several months ago, and used lavender oil on the burn as it healed.  It seemed to speed up the healing.

For my first trial oil, I chose Endoflex, a blend of spearmint, sage, geranium, myrtle, nutmeg, and German chamomile.  I have hypothyroidism, and this seemed like a good choice to help balance my TSH levels.  Plus, I had read that it might help with detoxing.  After two surgeries and many kidney stones, including one needing a morphine shot, I figured my liver needed all the help it could get.

I rub a drop of Endoflex over my liver, my thyroid, and both kidneys twice a day.  Then I heard a teleseminar at A Mama’s Story about taking it internally.  So, I figured I’d give it a go.  I drop one drop under my tongue in the morning.  It doesn’t have a great taste, but it’s manageable if you keep it under your tongue and don’t drink water until it has absorbed, about 5 minutes.  If you get it in the rest of your mouth, the taste is not so good.  I can’t say that I’ve seen any improvement, but I plan to continue taking it for another month or so.  I have a follow-up with my endocrinologist next week, so I’ll see if my levels have changed at all.

My dad has gotten severe bronchitis every year for at least the last four years, so when a friend told me her son’s asthma had improved drastically by diffusing RC every night in his room, I thought I’d try it for my dad.  For Christmas, I bought him a diffuser that has a time release feature and RC.  Every week I go over and fill up the diffuser and add the oil.  Even with the time release, I know it doesn’t last the whole week.  I showed him how to fill it up, but I doubt he will ever do it on his own. Still, I think it will be helpful for his respiratory problems.  If it saves him another hospital stay this spring, it will be worth every penny.

I really love the essential oils.  Anything that helps avoid hospital stays, illnesses, or synthetic medicines gets a big A+ in my book.

Have you used any of these oils?  Please share your experience.

Georganne

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