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Lavender: A Love Story

Do you smell that? It's the smell of...relaxation.

My darling Internet, let me introduce you, if you haven’t already met, to Lavender. I have rows of it planted outside my back door, and bottles of the oil all over my house. My children love it, and it smells fresh and clean. I love lavender, and I am going to share with you some uses for it, this incredibly versatile oil.Most oils need a carrier oil (such as vegetable oil, or V6) but lavender is gentle on even little babies. You can definitely use a carrier, though, and make a light, soothing massage oil. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. PLEASE check with your doctor and do your research before using ANYTHING on your children.

As I’ve mentioned, I have 3 children that are, at any given moment, ganging up on me as I try to do literally anything that doesn’t revolve around all of them simultaneously, and I can only write this at this moment because 2 of them are at school and the other is napping. They have elevated the spazz attack to an art form and a spectator sport (which is especially fun at the grocery store, when you know everyone is watching and judging the hell out of your parenting). The solution to this? Well, beyond the usual “make sure they are fed, rested, and dressed comfortably before unleashing them on the world”, I rub lavender oil on their adorable little bellies. The scent is calming, relaxing, and helps to nip those bouncing-off-the-walls-in-public-oh-crap-GET-BACK-HERE-THIS-INSTANT moments in the bud. I say “helps” because it’s not quite magic, and that toy over there would make my kid flip out even if he was fully sedated.

All right guys, simmer down.

After you get home from your stress-free trip to the store, put a few drops of the oil on your precious baby’s pillowcase (or on a handkerchief tucked into the pillowcase) to help lull the little angel into dreamland.

Then you can draw yourself a nice bath (I enjoy them so hot I look like a lobster coming out, but whatever your personal preference is fine :P), and of course add a few drops to the running water so you can literally soak in the relaxation. I would suggest a glass of blackberry wine and a good book as well, but whatever floats your boat. Lavender soaps, scented with 100% therapeutic grade oils? Fabulous.

Other wonderful uses for lavender:

  • Use it to help lessen the effects of insomnia, anxiety and depression (and of course talk to your doctor if these conditions are severe)
  • It is EXCELLENT for treating burns. But you know the drill–ANY SEVERE BURN REQUIRES A TRIP TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM
  • As a gentle antiseptic to treat small cuts and scrapes (I keep a bottle in my first aid kit and purse for such occasions)
  • For treatment of skin irritations such as windburn
  • Insect bites (Yup, go to the doctor if the insect is of the “OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT I’M GOING TO DIE” variety, or if an allergic reaction to the bite occurs)
  • On the chest to ease congestion due to colds or allergies
  • As a massage for muscle pain
  • On pimples (I know, eww)
  • Toss it at irritable people like holy water on a vampire. (I am not responsible for any legal problems this may cause you–your results may vary)

To sum this up, I believe that everyone should carry this oil with them at all times. It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of oils–when in doubt, dump some lavender on it. Also remember to check for an allergic reaction when using any oils, though with lavender this is pretty unlikely, and TALK TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF YOU’RE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING BEFORE USING ANYTHING NEW, YES I WILL KEEP REPEATING THIS BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT. I love you, Internet people, and I want you to be careful and stay safe.

Have a wonderful, beautiful, peaceful day everyone,

Loretta ❤

Essential Oils–The All Natural Ant Repellant!

I was washing dishes the other day when I heard the most horrific, blood-curdling scream from my 20-month-old son, who was playing in the dining room directly behind me. I immediately dropped the cheese-encrusted spatula I was scrubbing back into the sink and spun around. I’m the type of mother whose mind immediately goes to the worst possible conclusion, so I firmly expected to see lots of blood, possibly fire, and a maniac standing outside the sliding glass door holding a chainsaw.

The Boogaloo

My Boo Boo. He pretty much runs the place.

So there I was, ready to wrestle my baby out of the clutches of the flamethrower-wielding bear or whatever it was, when I saw that he was being attacked by…an ant. It was a big ant, I suppose, and my little guy is a pretty little guy, and he was dancing around screaming, trying to dislodge the beast from his foot. I scooped up the thing and tossed it outside (I don’t kill anything that doesn’t try to kill me first, except mosquitoes, because you know they would totally kill you if they could), soothed the wailing Boogaloo, and together we inspected the floor for more teeny black creepy crawlies.

They get in the house every year, but this is the first time anyone has had a partial meltdown over it. My babes still does if he sees one indoors, because he’s apparently cool with them if they stay outside WHERE THEY BELONG, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I dislike using chemicals in or around the house unless absolutely necessary, because, you know, kids. Also a dog, four cats, three ferrets, etc, all of who would love to get their hands on that delicious, delicious poison. But you know what? There are essential oils that ants absolutely hate. The formula I’ve been using with great success:

Aaaaah....

Combine the oils and water in the spray bottle, close the bottle and shake until you’ve worked out you frustration over the ant situation. I just lightly mist the entire house, especially around doors and windows (it can make your hard floors slippery, so BE CAREFUL). Let it dry or wipe it up after a few minutes, the scent will linger, and the ants will rage because they really can’t stand the smell. Also, you can use this formula to clean your counters just by adding a small amount of baking soda and about a half cup of vinegar. Wait for the vinegar/baking soda reaction to chill out a bit before you put the top on though, or you WILL lose an eye or knock your significant other unconscious from across the house. If you wind up having to explain that to the ER doc, please let me know how that goes, and don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

Well, lovely internet people, I hope this helps. My children can all sleep soundly now, with no fear of those terrifying ants ambushing them in the night. I’ve also read that this works for mice–if you try it, let me know.

Peace and love to all of you,

Loretta