Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife [part 2]

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Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife [part 2]

To Read Part 1 click here.

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~Just to Just to review, you can use Lavender for:

-minor burns in the kitchen
-sun burns
-antihistamine responses on the skin
-bug bites and stings
-dry skin
-blemishes
-diaper rash
-antibacterial uses including scrapes and blisters
-anti-fungual uses 

I also promised to tell you my suspicions about how his feet got this bad! I think it’s important to treat the skin on his feet but even more important to try and prevent this from happening again. So I started looking for clues and honed in on the gym that he works out at. Why the gym?

My best guess is that this is a reaction to the chemicals that the showers at his gym are being cleaned with. Within the past month, he has increased his workouts to 5x per week. This means he gets up at the crack of dawn and sweats his butt off. Then he SHOWERS every single morning before leaving to go to work at the gym. It’s literally the only place that he is barefoot during his day. My first clue was the fact that neither the kids nor I had anything similar going on with our feet. This ruled out our home as the culprit. I also brainstormed all of the places he is shoeless and that list is quite short. We’ve decided to buy him some shower flip flops to see if we can prevent this. 

Since becoming a member of Young Living, I have learned the importance of protecting our feet. Why the feet? Because they have the largest pores in the body, which also means they are the largest receptor sites for anything that our feet come into contact with. This is why we recommend slathering the oils all over the bottoms of the feet! The oils will be absorbed, through the large pores and be delivered throughout the body within 24 minutes.

This also means that anything negative, that we don’t want inside our bodies, should be avoided in places like our showers, our kitchens, our floors and our lawns. Yes, our lawns! I’m very persnickety about how many days need to pass before I will let my kids play on our lawn after it has been sprayed. We absorb all of the household chemical cleaners through our skin as it is the largest organ in the body, and most often through our feet. This is also the reason behind the Thieves household cleaner. It’s ingredients are safe enough to drink, and more than safe enough to absorb through the pores on the feet. I use it for everything in my home minus the windows and laundry detergent and it’s highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. If you love the smell of Thieves oil, this smells the same as it has the same essential oils in it to kill viruses and bacteria from your household surfaces. Thieves cleaner
 
If the flip flops don’t work at prevention, I may just donate a bottle to the gym owner. 

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Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife [part 1]

Today I want to highlight Lavender oil. I think sometimes this mighty little oil gets overlooked because of it’s simplicity. It is one of the everyday oils in the starter kit and it doesn’t bring a lot of pizzaz but it does bring a lot of options to the table. Lavender is nicknamed the Swiss Army Knife for a reason. It’s so versatile! I often overlook it and I want to bring it back to the forefront today.

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These were my husband’s feet two weeks ago. He randomly complained about it one night before bed and when I looked at it, I gasped. He had no idea it looked this bad. It was cracked, itchy and bleeding. His other foot had similar symptoms, but it wasn’t as bad. I immediately got my oils out and applied Lavender and some coconut oil. Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I had no idea what I was dealing with, but I figured the Swiss Army knife would be the best option. Coconut oil acts as a carrier oil, and can be applied to dilute the oils, but what it is really doing is slowing down the absorption rate into the skin.

When you are dealing with skin issues, this is a very good thing because you want the oils to sit on the skin as long as possible before soaking in.

I alternated applications of Lavender and Myrrh essential oils along with coconut oil and some body butter cream that has lavender and rosemary in it. I figured the skin needed to be nourished and hydrated, along with healed.
This is just one story about the power of Lavender and I hope you won’t overlook it as I often do!3575
This also brings up a good talking point- most people think they need all of the oils in the entire collection, and if they don’t have the exact right one, there is no substitute. The oils can be substituted for each other. It is true that they each have unique properties because they come from different plants, but they do overlap in chemical constituencies often. Buying an essential oils book will help you learn the chemical constituencies of each oil.
Also- you really do have everything you need in the Premium Starter Kit. It is stocked in that way as to allow you to have all of the major components for health and wellness.
This also bring up another good talking point- how did my husband’s feet get this way in the first place? We will discuss that in the next post!