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Lavender Love

Lavender, we all love it. Usually when we purchase lavender, it is true lavender but I’m going to share your common options, so you can grab the right oil for the right reason!

True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This is the one I typically use and the one I offer for sale. It works as a calming, antidepressant on the mind.

It has antiseptic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties. This makes it great for treatment of wounds and burns. It can also help throat infections and inflammation. It works to regulate the nervous system and balances the body. You can use it to help migraines, asthma and can help calm heart nerves (palpations).

Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia). This is a more intense lavender than true. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic properties and can act as an expectorant. This makes it great to help headaches, aches/pains, respiratory complaints and broken skin.

As this oil is more potent, you must be mindful of the chemistry. This makes it less appealing for children, pregnancy and epilepsy!

Lavender (Lavendula stoechas). The properties are similar to true Lavender with a calming, anti-depressant for the mind! This oil is great for migraines, asthma, burns, wounds and for calming and balancing.

You can find 100% pure lavender oil in my shop! You can also find Lavender scented Lip Balm in my shop here!

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Selecting a Carrier Oil

Carrier oils. Who has been told to ‘make sure you dilute your essential oil before applying to the skin’ ? Probably all of us! Neat essential oils are just TOO potent to be added without proper dilution. Just like western medicine, too much can be a bad thing. Like essential oils, carriers have unique properties and benefits! It is important to know carrier properties so you can pair the right oils for the best impact.

I’m going to touch on a few of the most common and some of my favourites.

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba oil)

Jojoba works on all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As it is penetrates the skin well, it works well as a carrier oil for essential oil application it also works to keep pores clean acting as an antibacterial. Jojoba also had protein minerals creating a waxy substance that mimics collagen making it a good facial oil. It is similar in structure to our bodies natural oils making helping balance oil production of the skin. It is highly moisturizing and gentle on the skin. Jojoba also has an SPF rating around 4.

Prunes amygdalus (Sweet Almond)

This is a super oil. It contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, D & E. It is high in protein and trace minerals. It works great for all skin types but especially for itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation. Vitamin E is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Oxidative stress is a major cause of the deterioration of your skin’s collagen layer. Since collagen keeps your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free, you want to stave off oxidative stress with antioxidants. Almond oil has a natural SPF rating around 5.

Cocus nucifera (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Clear, odorless and light in texture making it great for blending with oils in perfumes or fragrances. In order to remain a liquid, the lauric acid has been removed making it an incomplete oil. Both regular and fractionated coconut oils are great sources of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut oil also has a natural SPF rating around 2-8.

Triticum ciestivum/durum (Wheatgerm Oil)

This oil has a strong odor and heavy texture and is best used in small amounts. It has vitamin E and essential fatty acids which helps reduce skin damage, fight free radicals, support healthy collagen formation and maintain even skintone. Wheatgerm works best on dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. Due to the high level of antioxidants and vitamins, wheat germ oil helps regenerate scar tissue and lubricate the skin. The best part, it has an SPF rating of 20 making it one of the higher SPF ratings.

Those are a few of my favorites and I hope you have more information to pair the perfect carrier with your essential oils.