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For Busy People: The Complete Guide To Using Lavender Oil

For Busy People: The Complete Guide To Using Lavender Oil

If you only use one essential oil, make sure it is lavender oil!

It is one of the most versatile essential oils, and it is most commonly known for its calming effects on the body. The relaxing scent helps your mind to unwind, but the benefits of lavender oil don’t end there; it can also be used to help cure various physical problems.

Having a bottle of lavender oil in your home gives you a mini first aid kit, food flavoring, perfume and a mood pick-me-up. Check out how to use lavender oil to cure physical and emotional problems below.

1. Aching muscles

If you have aching muscles after a tough work-out, run yourself a lavender bath to help soothe your aching muscles. Simply add a few drops of oil to the water before you jump in!

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2. Calming

Lavender is well-known for its calming effect on the body. Add two drops of lavender oil to your cupped palms, then hold your face over your palms and breathe deeply if you are feeling stressed out. Simply breathing like this for a minute or two will calm you.

3. Insomnia

A study found that elderly psychiatric patients sleep better and are more alert during the daytime when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil. If you struggle to sleep, put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow before you go to sleep. Breathing in the lavender scented air will help to induce sleep.

4. Earache

To relieve earache, warm a bottle of lavender in hot water for a few minutes, then massage a few warm drops around your ears and throat.

5. Mosquito bite

Mosquitoes seriously hate the smell of lavender, so you can prevent bites by splashing diluted lavender onto your legs and arms before going out. You can also dab lavender oil onto bites to soothe the need for itching and the inflammation.

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6. Headache

Relive headache pain by making a lavender compress for your head. Simply soak the compress in very cold water before sprinkling a few drops of lavender oil onto it. Rest with the compress on your forehead until you feel better.

7. Minor burns

If you have suffered a minor burn, first immerse the area in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards gently pat lavender oil onto the area to relieve pain and minimize the risk of scarring.

8. Motion sickness

Alleviate motion sickness by placing a drop of lavender oil on your navel or your ears. This will help to reduce the feeling of nausea.

9. Fevers

If anyone in your family has a fever, sponge them gently with room-temperature water with a drop of lavender oil in it. This can be used on small children and babies as well as adults.

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10. Small cuts

Simply place a drop of lavender oil on a cut to help kill bacteria and clean the wound.

11. Eczema

You can mix lavender oil with another kind of vegetable oil (coconut, olive, or sesame, for example) to help with any irritation caused by eczema. Mix a few drops of each and gently massage onto the afflicted area.

12. Hay fever

Do you suffer from itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose every summer? Try rubbing lavender oil on your palms and inhaling the scent to relieve symptoms of hay fever.

13. Acne

Many aromatherapists say that lavender oil is one of the best natural ways to treat acne. Add a few drops to a plain cream and use a few times a week as a moisturizer.

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14. Dry skin and lips

Dry, chapped lips can be re-hydrated with a small amount of lavender oil; simply rub a few drops onto the dry area.

15. Flavoring

Is there anything that lavender can’t do? It can also be used as a delicious flavoring to add to many recipes. We recommend adding a drop of lavender oil to green tea for enhanced flavor. It also works well in salads and desserts!

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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