Soothing Life’s Bumps and Bruises
by Ashley Knight
As Mom of a toddler and an infant, life can be hectic, overwhelming and beautiful. Somedays I feel like super mom. I’m able to effortlessly and gracefully play, kiss an owie, nurse the baby, do laundry, write a blog, cook a delicious healthy dinner, bathe babies and get everyone in bed all without breaking a sweat. However, most days I consider keeping my toddler, Grace, safe from a major accident until Daddy gets home a success.
On those days, you might find me…
…in the kitchen with my little bottle of Lavender oil, recklessly dropping it on my hands, then cupping my hands around my mouth and nose and deeply inhaling the beautiful, floral aroma as I pray for patience and grace. In these moments, I don’t know what I would do without my Lavender. It’s so calming to the body and helps me to release the anxiety of the moment.
Usually those days also involve Grace having more energy than she knows what to do with, so we diffuse lavender at bedtime and apply it to her feet. It helps her to relax and go peacefully to bed. She’s so well-trained she just sticks her little foot up for us to rub oil on it.
When I finally crawl into bed, after all our nighttime chores are finished, I then rub my feet with lavender too! I’ve found I’m able to turn off the constant chatter in my brain that includes things like… Remember to make an appointment in two weeks for baby’s check up. Call Mom tomorrow and tell her about all of Grace’s new words. You forgot to put flax seeds in the smoothie this morning, don’t forget tomorrow. Oh darn! I forget there are still clothes in the washer. Does our dog need more food?… and the list goes on and on. It’s like my brain decides to go into overdrive as soon as I hit the sheets, however lavender helps to stop the thought stream and allow me drift off to sleep easier.
As a two-year-old, Grace has more ambition and joy than she does coordination, so there are always lots of owies to kiss. She especially loves playing outside and will be running towards me with a look of utter victory over a new bug she found when her little feet trip her up and she comes crashing down on the concrete without letting go of the precious bug, thereby not catching herself with her hands. The end result is a knot on her forehead. This always seems to happen right before holidays and family photos. Thankfully, lavender also helps with healing bruises. By applying a few drops of lavender directly to the bruise and bump, we’ve healed bruises in a couple days.
When we’re outside enjoying the beautiful Houston sunshine, it’s doesn’t matter what we do to prevent mosquitoes, we always seem to be bit by the nasty little buggers. Lavender oil helps the bites to stop itching and heal quickly, which is good as I can’t explain to a two-year-old why scratching her bites is not good.
You’ve heard a few ways that I use lavender but I also want to share with a few experiences and testimonials from others who love lavender essential oil.
“When I received my first shipment of Young Living Oils, I immediately smelled all the oils in the Everyday Oils Kit. It was, and still is a wonderful experience just simply inhaling these pure aromas from Mother Nature. Anyway, I packed some of them as I was leaving on a trip to the Northwest and wanted to begin the process of learning and using them.
The morning of my arrival, I used one of those wide diameter curling irons to fix my long hair just so. That curling iron gets very hot and sometimes I burn myself with it on the side of my face, the center of my forehead or the side of my neck which is the worst place because people think it is a hickey! Anyway I had remembered in my early research that Lavender oil is excellent for burns, so I dabbed my forehead generously throughout the day and by the next day there was barely a trace of it.”
“About a month ago my dear friend started using the “LLP allergy bomb”, which consists of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. She would take just 2 drops of each in a glass of water once a day.
Ever since my friend started this protocol, she no longer suffers from her allergies, which is amazing. She also told me that she does not seem to snore anymore at night and does not wake up with a sore throat and dry mouth like she used to. She said that even her skin feels softer and smoother.
Additionally, she is feeling a sense of calm and peace that she has not had in years! She has more patience (she works in retail), she sleeps better, and she has an overall feeling of happiness and joy. I have certainly noticed the difference in her too.
My friend now only mixes one drop each of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint in a teaspoon of coconut oil and drinks it down. She swears by essential oils and says that she plans to use them for the rest of her life. She also asked me to share this testimonial with everyone!”
– Linda P.
There are so many more uses for this amazing oil than those mentioned here, so I’ll name a few more: insect bites/bee sting, minor heat irritation, cuts, motion sickness, nosebleed, unblock tear ducts, dry/chapped skin, scarring, deodorant, seasonal issues, flaky scalp, mouth sores, and sun damage.
Lavender has so many uses that it’s my go to oil when I’m not sure what to use. I always say “when in doubt, try lavender”. Our family loves it and it has certainly helped us heal life’s bumps and bruises.
Ashley Knight is married to her best friend and husband, Nick, and mama to two sweet, joyful girls, Grace and Finnegan. She is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle, travel, Young Living essential oils and products, eating whole foods, serving others and learning about God’s magnificent, undeserved Grace.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Ashley’s lived in Texas for 5 years now and has officially picked up Y’all and Sir/Ma’am but will always be a native Arizonan. When not chasing or nursing a little one, Ashley is reading and learning how to support her family’s health and wellness with Young Living’s diverse products and pure essential oils.
Disclaimer: I am a mom who is passionate about using natural products to improve the health of her family, but I’m not a medical professional. The information in this blog is for educational information only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease, illness or injury should consult a physician.