What is Lavender Essential Oil?
Lavender is regarded as one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils. When looking at the ingredients of a product, the latin name should be labeled for lavender, and the true species you want to read is Lavandula Angustifolia.
In France, Young Living bought the first foreign-owned lavender farm, which is situated in southern France… nearly two hours north of Marseille. As shown in the picture, its 136 acres sit in the valley looking up at a 12th century castle. This valley in southern France is now the largest farm of true lavender in the world, and the history of why this is the case, is a shocking reminder as to why ‘playing with nature’ with fertilizers and pesticides should NEVER be used. The effect these toxins have on the immunity of plants, is similar to the negative effect we see in humans.
Thankfully, the seed originally grown here was brought to the Young Living farm in St. Maries, Idaho many years ago, so we have access to the very popular Lavender essential oil, which is distilled from this original plant species.
And to give you some context, if you’re thinking of growing your own…It takes 27 sq.ft. of lavender to produce one 15 ml bottle of lavender essential oil, which gives you approximately 250 drops.
Why use Lavender Essential Oil?
Well, whatever the reason for wanting an essential oil, this tends to be the oil I’ll grab first. It’s commonly known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils as it has so many uses thanks to it having over 200 different chemical components.
It has a sweet and light floral aroma that is well known for it’s comforting and calming properties. Many use it to aid relaxation.
In most cases you do not need to dilute it, so it’s perfect for children. My girls love it, and it’s normally the one they ask for, and that’s not just because it has a purple label.
It’s also a great essential oil to help replace toxins in your home, such as dryer sheets, which have been proven to be one of the worst toxic producing culprits in homes.
Instead, add 3-5 drops of Lavender EO to a few wool dryer balls and throw them in the dryer with your washing. My dryer balls are still going strong after years of use. Not only will your clothes come out smelling wonderful, you’ll save money as you’re not longer buying the sheets and your load of washing will dry quicker. So, to avoid unnecessary static, reduce the length of time you’re running your dryer, and to help further you can even add a safety pin to a couple of of the dryer balls. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
If you don’t have dryer balls yet, you can make reusable dryer sheets instead from fabric scraps. Add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and 8-10 drops of Lavender EO into a mason jar. Allow time for the fabric to absorb some liquid and add a few to the dryer. After use, put them back in the container to absorb more liquid.
While we’re still in your laundry room. Lavender is also a great ingredient when making a fabric softener, or even your own laundry detergent. Remember, your clothes and bedding have contact with your skin (your largest organ) 24/7, so these were a couple of the first products I swapped out with non-toxic ingredients for my family.
Now let’s cover other typical ways that Lavender essential oil can be used via aromatic, topical and internal techniques. First up, using it aromatically.
This popular oil is often diffused for a comforting and calming scent. But when you’re on the go and don’t have a diffuser near by, you can still enjoy this relaxing aroma by rubbing a drop in the palm of your hands, cupping them over your nose and breathing in.
In the spring it’s very common for me to diffuse Lavender to freshen up our home and mood, and I love pairing it with Lime and Spearmint OR Lemon and Peppermint.
If you got a Premium Starter Kit with Copaiba EO, add a few drops of this and a few drops of lavender to your diffuser and sit back and relax after a tough day.
Before bed place 3-5 drops of Lavender in your bedroom diffuser. This fills the room with its relaxing and peaceful aroma. I also like to add a couple drops of Cedarwood too, especially for the children.
In a spray bottle add 8-12 drops to a pinch of salt and add water. Use it to spray beds and inside closets for a fresh, pleasing aroma. If you’re not a fan of DIY, Young Living has got you covered with Seedlings Linen Spray, which was originally created to help the babies in our lives have a peaceful night’s rest.
You could also add a couple of drops to your own pillow at night.
In my purse I carry a nasal inhaler, to which I added 2 drops of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint. All of these are in the Premium Starter Kit and it lasts a long time. Perfect for when on the go.
Add 6 drops of Stress Away EO, 2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Peppermint EO into a 2oz glass spray bottle. Fill 3/4 full with distilled water and top off with Witch Hazel. Now you have a portal spray to create a chilled environment. These EO are also in the Premium Starter Kit.
You could even place a drop on your wrist and inhale whenever you need a brief “pause” for the day.
There are multiple ways to use lavender topically. Commonly people add a couple of drops to their shampoos, lotions and other skin care products.
Why not place a drop in a new (non-waterproof) mascara tube for lovely conditioned eye-lashes. Cedarwood is great too, but don’t poke yourself in the eye.
Apply a drop or two topically for menstrual cycles. This is going to come in very handy in a few years time as my girls grow up.
You could also combine Lavender with Peppermint essential oil for a cool tingling sensation that helps relieve occasional head tension, when rubbed in.
How about unwinding with a night time bath of several drops of lavender added to 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. This is a great option for children. And for an extra boost, as you hop into bed, rub 2 drops onto the bottom of your feet, wrists and the back of your neck.
There are also endless sugar and salt scrub recipes on the Internet. One of my favorites is the aroma of a Lavender & Peppermint sugar scrub. But a simple one to start with is this foot scrub, which combines 1/8 cup of almond oil, 6 drops of Lavender EO and 1 cup of fine salt of your choice. It can be stored in a glass jar and you use it 1-3 times a week in the shower. It’s even better if you add a few drops of Cedarwood or Patchouli EOs to the recipe.
When you want a Sweet Dreams foot lotion for your kiddos, or even yourself, whip together to combine 1/4 cup of Coconut oil, 10 drops of Lavender EO, 10 drops of Valor EO, 10 drops of Peace & Calming EO and 10 drops of Cedarwood EO. Who doesn’t like a foot rub before bedtime, and this smells amazing.
Young Living carries multiple Lavender infused products such as hand soap and lip balm, but you can also easily make your own. Ingredients for a lavender lip balm can also work great for a general salve. And the combinations you can make for hand soap using essential oils, such as lavender are endless.
I n the US, Lavender Vitality has a white label and is intended for internal use.
Outside, especially in springtime, I place a drop on my thumb and press it against the roof of my mouth.
It’s a key ingredient in Young Living’s SleepEssence supplement, which promotes healthy sleep patterns.
In the kitchen there are various recipes you can make using Lavender Vitality. For example: Lavender cookies, or in the icing for cakes. Mix it with jams and jellies, or even a citrus sorbet for a another layer of flavor.
You can even balance it in savory chicken and lamb dishes with herbaceous essential oils such as Thyme, Rosemary and Oregano.
Here are some yummy recipes we’ve made:
Lavender lemonade…mix together 6 juiced lemons, 1 juiced lime, 1/2 cup honey, 2 drops lavender vitality, 10 cups iced water. You could even add sprigs of lavender for presentation. Credit goes to Young Living’s blog for this recipe.
Lavender dip…whisk a block of cream cheese and add 1 drop of Lavender vitality and Maple Syrup to taste.
Lavender ice-cream…the ingredients include a 14oz can of full fat coconut milk, 2 eggs, 1 vanilla bean (slit lengthwise), 3 Tbsp of raw honey and 2 drops of Lavender Vitality. Once it comes out of the ice-cream maker, it will have a creamy soft texture.
When we make a batch of chocolate truffles, mix in 8 drops of Lemon Vitality and 3 drops of Lavender Vitality for a delicious treat.
What is Frankincense?
Affectionally called ‘Frank’ by many, there are several different species of frankincense, known as boswellia trees: (papyrifera, serrata, carterii, sacra and frereana).
Once a tree has matured for 5-10 years, it can be ‘nicked’, where some of its bark is pealed away to allow the tree’s milky sap to bleed slowly over the fresh wound. Several days later the semi-hardened sap (known as tears) are harvested and placed in dry caves for several months. This produces Frankincense resin. The resin can then undergo a distillation process to obtain the Frankincense Essential oil. It’s a lengthy process, which gives you a better understanding as to why it’s not the cheapest oil around. But each species produces an essential oil of different qualities and attributes.
Young Living’s Frankincense, boswellia carterii (car-tear-ree) is a very popular essential oil in the premium starter kit. But also available are Sacred Frankincense (boswellia sacra) from their farm in Oman and a third species of Frankincense (Frereana) is used in one of the weight management products, Slique gum – a new chewing experience.
When labeled as a single Frankincense essential oil, it should NOT be a mix of species (a trick to reduce costs, but also reduces it’s specific therapeutic powers), so read your label.
Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times. It’s mentioned multiple times in the Bible, and in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus (Egyptians).
Frankincense has been sought after, and traded since ancient times, and plays a special role in many religious ceremonies. Today, it has been used in hospitals and is subject of substantial research.
Elemi, which originates from the Philippines is known as the poor man’s frankincense as it has similar properties.
Why Use Frankincense Essential Oil?
It’s a very powerful essential oil that can center emotions, including temporary sadness, feeling blue, and even occasional feelings of anxiety, which everyone experiences at some point.
It supports focus and healthy cognitive function.
The chemistry of this essential oil consists of mainly monoterpenes (can be 82%), which help to reprogram cellular memory.
So it supports healthy cell regeneration in the body, which we all want to have, as well as the immune system.
It also contains sesquiterpenes which help deliver oxygen molecules to cells. And it’s known to delete miswritten codes in DNA. To top it all off, the amazing Alpha-Pinene is one of it’s naturally occurring constituents – look it up!
Again, let’s cover other various ways that Frankincense essential oil can be used via aromatic, topical and internal techniques. First up, using it aromatically.
Diffusing Frankincense provides a woodsy, warm and earthy aroma. You can even get a special burner for the resin, for a deeper atmospheric experience. These are both popular aromatic techniques during meditation or yoga.
Put 3 drops of Frankincense in your diffuser, and it’s a great oil to combine with your other favorites.
At anytime, for an extra boost of this relaxing aroma, rub a drop in your palms. Then cup your hands over your nose and breathe in. Ideally close one nostril at a time to allow this aroma to pass over your olfactory into the brain. Your brain will really thank you for this oil.
This is a good essential oil to diffuse when you need support with focusing and want a healthy cognitive function.
Frankincense is a Popular essential oil for massage, so combine with your favorite carrier oil to cover a large area. I love using Young Living’s V6 as my carrier oil for this.
For healthy smooth looking skin, add a drop to your moisturizer or apply around the eyes. Frankincense LOVES the skin!
It features prominently in many well liked recipes, as well as Young Living’s skin care products (for good reason), especially the ART (Age Refining Technology) skin care line.
For emotions, rub a couple of drops over your neck & outer ears.
You can also add several drops to 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and run a warm bath to relax.
It’s also a key ingredient in the Longevity EO blend, which leads us nicely into covering internal use.
As well as the Longevity EO blend mentioned, Frankincense is a key ingredient in the Longevity Softgels. These also contain Thyme, Orange and Clove EOs and protect DHA levels that support brain function, as well as help maintain healthy cell integrity. It also supports liver and immune function.
Frankincense is also in Young Living’s Cortistop supplement, along with Peppermint and Fennel. It’s designed to support the female glandular system and maintain balanced cortisol levels within the body.
Frankincense Vitality is specifically labeled for internal use to support our internal wellness.
Add a drop to your glass of water (which is common in other cultures), juice or your daily shot of NingXia Red.
For extra support, add a drop to a teaspoon of honey.
Our recipes in the “Discover Frankincense” PDF include: Frankincense Earl Grey Tea, Frank’s Scottish Shortbread, Frankincense Flavored Goat Cheese and Mushroom & Onion Phyllo Treats.
Let’s review practical uses of these oils together.
I often diffuse 3 drops of both Lavender and Frankincense at night to promote a restful night’s sleep.
For healthy looking skin, add 1-2 drops of each oil into your:
– Moisturizer or lotion.
– Jojoba oil for a face serum.
– Shaving cream.
For a nasal irrigation rinse: Add 1 drop of either oil in the salt before adding the water. I personally prefer Frankincense.
Young Living’s blog also give this DIY Lavender-Oatmeal bath soak recipe: 1 cup Epsom salts, 1 cup quick oats, 1/2 cup baking soda, 5 drops Frankincense EO, 10 drops Tea Tree EO, 15 drops Lavender EO.
Grind the oats in a food processor or coffee grinder into a fine flour-like texture. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they oils are evenly distributed and store in a glass jar. You’ll want about 1 cup of the mixture for each bath. They even suggested creating a pouch for your mixture using a sock or pantyhose to reduce floating oatmeal flakes in your bath. But your skin will love it.
However, if you like to keep it simple, add a few drops of each oil into 1/3 cup of Epsom salts into a basin or bowl. Add hot water and soak your feet. You’ll even catch my husband joining in, and you can tell by the look of our feet when we’ve been making time to do this. Micheal especially loves it after a week of being on his feet for 12+ hour shifts at the hospital.
We also love Myrrh & Patchouli together, or even combining Lavender or Frankincense with Cedarwood. There are endless combinations.
More Tips & Tricks.
Both Frankincense and Lavender combine well with other essential oils, especially Cedarwood and Sandalwood.
There are also multiple published resources so you don’t have to wade through endless pages on the internet, many of which are unreliable. A couple of great STARTING resources include:
- D. Gary Young The World Leader in Essential Oils, by Mary Young , Young Living Essential Oils.
- And Essential Oils Desk Reference (EODR) by Life Science Publishing.
- There are more resources mentioned in the pdf: “Discover Frankincense”, which we will email all of you who registered for this Thursday Night Live. But you can find it on our website, familylifescaping.com
Next Week, our Thursday Night Live will cover: What’s Inside Your Box?
Whether you have yet to get started with essential oils, or you bought your kit several years back and still don’t know what to do with it, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We will discuss various tips and tricks of how to get the most out of items in the Premium Starter Kit. Every penny counts, and so does every drop of an essential oil, and essential oil infused products. So don’t forget to register.
In the meantime you can check out our full Introduction to essential oils video on our familylifescaping website or U-tube labeled: Discover A Healthier Lifestyle with Essential Oils, or check out last week’s Thursday Night Live, which gave a quick breakdown covering the How, What, When Where, Who & Why of Essential oils.