Do you love lavender as much as I do? Lavender oil has been my go-to for relaxation after I experienced the worst anxiety attack in my life.Moving forward, I have made it my mission to focus on all areas of my life. My focus now is self-care. To focus more on my health and to be the best I can be for myself. If I am not physically, emotionally, and mentally well, then my home will not be well. My family is important to me, so I want to be more mindful of taking care of myself. Taking a holistic approach to my anxiety, I have read a lot about essential oils and the benefits to overall health. I decided to start with lavender essential oil because it’s what I needed at the time for my anxiety. Some benefits of lavender essential oil are:
- Reduces emotional stress
- Reduces anxiety
- Improves sleep
- Improves mood
The first option to incorporate lavender essential oil in your personal space is by using an essential oil diffuser.When I battled anxiety when I was pregnant with my first daughter my OB-GYN doctor did not want to take prescription medication, instead to learn breathing exercises and to use a diffuser with lavender oil. (Every case is not the same, so make sure you talk with your doctor concerning your body. These are the things that were suggested by my doctor.) I use my diffuser in my home to create a sense of calm. My diffuser changes color and has different settings. I use my diffuser when I am soaking in the tub after a long day with my family. I may put diffuser in the bathroom just allows the lavender to infuse the air in the room. My bathroom is not big, so I use two to three drops of lavender so it’s not over powering. A diffuser allows you to blend different essential oils for what you need for your life.
The second way to incorporate lavender essential oil in your daily routine is with jewelry. If I could take my diffuser with me when I leave my home I would. My fiance surprised me with a necklace and bracelet set.How convenient and smart. The necklace comes with pads to put your choice of essential oils to place on the pads. The pads are washable and can be reused. I must admit I was skeptical whether or not the necklace would work and to my surprise I am able to smell the oils. I like the convenience having a portable diffuser.
Being a runner in high school I am very familiar with Dr. Teals Epsom Salt because after practice or a track meet a long soak in Epsom salt was amazing for my body. I can remember seeing a glass jar of Epsom salt on in my grandmothers bathroom not knowing what she used it for.Times have changed because Epsom salt is infused with everything from eucalyptus to my current favorite lavender. I use the lavender Epson when I want to have a good night sleep. I will soak in the tub for about twenty to thirty minutes in the tub allowing myself to just relax. I normally do this soak after the family has gone to bed because it’s quiet in my home.
Candle’s have always been the one thing I would splurge on, especially a good quality soy candle. When I’m not using the diffuser I will light a lavender candle (or two) when I snuggle up on the couch reading a book, enjoying a warm cup of tea or when I soak in the tub to relax.Candles have always been an item I keep in my home, but I make sure it is of good quality. I want to burn candles that are not made with harmful chemicals because I don’t want to breath in something that is harmful.
DIY Massage Oil
Moving towards a more conscious way of living I have been enjoying whipping up my own non-toxic beauty products. Body oil is a perfect start because it’s easy to make.This simple oil recipe only has two ingredients a carrier oil of your choice and lavender essential oil. That’s it! When I make the massage oil it’s when I need it. For this recipe all you need is a fourth of a cup of sesame oil with two to three drops of lavender essential oil. Again this is a recipe that can be adjusted to your liking. I give myself a massage only when I need the extra relaxation. If I make a bigger batch, storing the oil in a dark glass container in a cool place be the sunlight and artificial light will degrade the oil. I make sure to focus on areas that may have the most tension. And I make sure to message my feet as well before I go to sleep.
Okay these are the five ways I incorporate lavender essential oil in my daily routine. I know there are more ways to add lavender oil into your life, so be creative and explore.Forming this list came from how I can make lavender a part of my everyday life because I can feel the change and my body is receptive from the smell of lavender. Take it one at a time. Trying to incorporate all the ways can be overwhelming. I took this strong approach because I needed to get a handle of my anxiety. Your case may be different from my case so get advise from your doctor. I have been having fun with essential oil and researching the benefits for my health. Explore and take care! Until next time! Stay beautiful!