oOkay, so I really had to eat my words last night. Yesterday I shared with a group of people how Lavender was not a favorite essential oil for me. Just a personal preference mind you! I know it’s one of the most potent and powerful essential oils God has given us. But, I’ve never cared too much for the smell.

Last night it was the sweetest smell I’ve ever inhaled! Especially after I a kitchen accident ended with boiling water all over my belly. Sounds strange? Well I am a smart girl, but I poured boiling water into a an evidently untempered glass pitcher to make some of my delicious lemon, ginger, cayenne pepper tea and BOOM or CRASH or CRACK the temperature of the water instantly broke the pitcher and the water poured right out on to the counter and spilled over on my belly which was pressed against the counter.

When I tell you my belly was on fire, I mean it! I ran for my FAST First Aid Guide to see what to use for a burn, lo and behold it was Lavender. Now you have to know that the spot on my belly was a good four inches wide and three inches high. I grabbed my YL Lavender and started putting several drops of the oil on it. The burning stopped within  about 20 minutes. I continued to apply the oil over the next couple of hours before bed. One last application before lights out. This morning when I woke, the red area was now 2 inches wide by 1 inch high and absolutely NO BLISTER! What? Yes NO BLISTER! Praise the Lord!

Lavender is good for burns, anything that itches, insect bites and a rash.

Here are a few side effects and precautions listed for Caladryl:

          Mild stinging, redness, swelling, or dry/flaky skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to diphenhydramine or calamine; or to other ingredients that may be in your brand (e.g., camphor, menthol); or to dimenhydrinate; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: chickenpox, measles.

Though very unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your blood. Children using this drug for an extended time over large areas of the skin (especially areas with broken skin) may be at higher risk, especially if they also are using other diphenhydramine products taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Stop using this product and tell your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: enlarged pupils, face flushing, mental/mood changes, difficulty walking, difficulty urinating.

Source: WebMD http://www.webmd.com/drugs/mono-965-DIPHENHYDRAMINE%2FCALAMINE+-+TOPICAL.aspx?drugid=16219&drugname=caladryl+top

Over the past half century we have learned to run to our over-the-counter pharmacy for “quick” “fixes” for everything that ails us. What we didn’t realize is that those “quick fixes” often come with detrimental side effects that can ultimately cause our body systems to malfunction and become diseased.

God gave us everything, EVERYTHING that pertains to LIFE and godliness. Life in the here and now! And God’s gift to us for relief from burns, itching, and insect bites is LAVENDER! Instead of using chemical based lotions, get Young Living Lavender Essential Oil and put 1 drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, cup your hands over your nose, breathe in deeply several times, and then rub the Lavender oil over the area where the itching, burn, or bite is located on your body.

There are other benefits to our body when using Lavender oil:

1. Calming. Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
2. Sleep aid. Again, use the cupping and inhalation method. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
3. Bee sting / Insect bite. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
4. Minor burn. Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I spilled scorching hot tea on my hand at Starbucks and luckily had my lavender with me. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!
5. Cuts. Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
6. Eczema / Dermatitis. Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis. I have a dear friend who suffers from severe eczema and swears by this.
7. Nausea or motion sickness. To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
8. Nosebleed. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
9. Dry or chapped skin. Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
10. Chapped or sunburned lips. Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
11. Hay fever. Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
12. Dandruff. Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
13. Cold sores. Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.

Let’s get rid of all the “first aid” lotions and ointments, then add Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil to our cabinet. Be proactive about your health! Order now!

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Disclaimer: The information shared in this article is intended for education purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician or medical professional.

I highly encourage you, as I have done, to become educated consumers and research all products used in, on or around your body.