essential oils, stress, allergies, headaches, anxiety, natural health, holistic health, essential health, caroline jackman, alison canavan, be complete, lavender essential oilOne of the most popular essential oils used around the world, people often associate Lavender with aiding a good night sleep. A wonderfully calming blend, Lavender’s antidepressant, soothing and antibacterial properties make it an incredibly versatile essential oil with a multitude of practical uses in the home. Here are my top 10 suggestions for using Lavender:

  1. Sleep

Lavender is the first oil I recommend using on children who struggle to wind down or sleep through the night. Diffusing a drop or two of lavender in their room at night is a practical way for them to benefit from the relaxing effects. Diluting lavender and rubbing it on the soles of the feet is another good application method. Add a drop to an adult’s pillow or inhale deeply to promote restful sleep.

  1. Allergies

Hay fever and allergies can interfere with everyday life and stop people from taking part in activities outdoors. A natural and effective way to help avoid the irritating symptoms of allergies is to take lavender internally with lemon & peppermint. Add a few drops of each to water or place in a veggie capsule and consume internally. Easy & natural routine to use in the springtime!

  1. Soak away stress

More than ever we’re suffering from high levels of stress and the demands of balancing stressful jobs with busy home lives. Placing a few drops of lavender in the palm of the hands and inhaling deeply, or rubbing some on the back of the neck is a good technique to use to keep stress levels down. For adults in need of a good relaxation routine, mixing a few drops of lavender with Epsom salts and soaking in the bath is a great way to benefit from the relaxing properties of the oil.

  1. Room Freshener

Lavender is a sweet smell that many people have positive associations with. Instead of using chemical air fresheners, freshen up a room by spritzing a mix of lavender & water or adding a few drops to a diffuser. Add lavender to a cotton ball and place it at the bottom of the bin or a jar in the bathroom to get rid of nasty smells.

  1. Burns

Whether it’s a burn from the cooker or from sitting in the sun, Lavenders analgesic & soothing properties can provide a welcome relief. Applying it topically to the area can help the skin to heal and at the same time calm and ease the pain.

  1. Earache

Earache, temperature and sick feelings that often come with them are distressing especially for children. Warming lavender ever so slightly, mixing it with a carrier oil and applying it around the ear (never inside the ear) can help relieve the feelings associated with earache.

  1. Cuts & Scrapes

Create a bottle of ‘magic spray’ as first aid for when children cut or scrape elbows and knees. Mix with some carrier oil in a glass spray bottle for a handy way to apply to grazes in awkward places. Lavenders disinfecting properties will help keep the area clean and soothe the skin.

  1. Headaches & Migraines

Apply some lavender to your temples and the back of your neck for a regenerative effect. Inhale from the bottle or palm of hands at the first sign of a headache.

  1. Insect Bites

Use lavender to repel insects and creepy crawlies by spritzing around windows & doors or diffusing. If you’re unlucky enough to be bitten, applying lavender topically can help to sooth the bite and reduce the inflammation and itchy sensation.

  1. Anxiety

Apply lavender topically on the back of the neck and over your heart before situations that can induce anxiety. Avoid the chemicals in perfume and apply lavender around the neck to smell great and help with emotional balance.

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When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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I’m Caroline – a health & wellness coach, Pilates Instructor, wife and busy mother of one. I’m a big advocate for living a natural lifestyle and love learning about ways to improve my overall wellbeing. I love nutritious food and you’ll often find me boring people with my talk of green smoothies, mindfulness and essential oils. I wasn’t always quite so passionate about healthy living but when my own digestive problems became impossible to ignore; I discovered the only way I was going to feel better was by addressing the root cause of my symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes. I learnt that embracing good nutrition was the key to taking back control of my own health. Looking back, I now know many of my health problems began as a teenager, but during that time I saw conditions like acne as normal and something you simply had to ‘grow out of’. I spent my 20s tormented with mouth ulcers and digestive problems but when test results showed I was not coeliac; I carried on eating pizzas, bread and all the other gluten packed staples of a 20 somethings diet. As I approached my 30th birthday I decided I’d had enough and it was time for a major change. I began by doing food intolerance tests and read countless books on nutrition and elimination diets. As soon as I cut wheat & gluten out of my diet the mouth ulcers disappeared, I began to sleep better, my constant thirst went away and I no longer felt those awful afternoon slumps and sugar cravings. My digestive problems went away almost immediately and the more I cooked with basic natural ingredients the better I began to feel. Over the past 5 years I’ve worked hard to prioritise my health and the health of my family. My interest in food and health led me to study dietary counselling and to become a Health & Wellness Coach. My wellness journey has brought me into contact with many likeminded people and has expanded my concept of what it means to be in ‘great health’. Good food and nutrition is one big part of the puzzle for me but I also understand how the way you feel can determine the state of your overall health and wellbeing. I have learnt to practice transcendental meditation and continue to learn and work on my own self-awareness. Shortly after my daughter was born I was introduced to essential oils and using these oils daily has enhanced the health of our family – physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s an exciting time to be a part of a growing ‘wellness community’. I’m passionate about feeling good and helping others on their journey to wellness. I love being involved in the positive changes people make to their lifestyle as they embrace good health.