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  • Many people around the globe use essential oils for various purposes including aromatherapy, skin care, and even cooking. One of the most widely used essential oils is lavender, and this is mainly due to its versatility and pleasant scent.

    However, as you may have noticed, varying names usually come up when you search about lavender essential oils or check the label of your essential oil bottle. This isn't strange at all because 1) there are about nine lavender species and 2) people call this plant differently in various parts of the world. Nevertheless, it can be quite confusing as you can't be certain which is which. That is why it's best to refer to them using their Latin names.

    Taxonomy and nomenclature

    Taxonomy is the science of classifying and describing various organisms including plants and animals. It also covers the behaviors, morphology, and genetics of such organisms. Nomenclature, on the other hand, is the naming of things that are grouped together.

    Latin is used to name different organisms since it's the universal language, and these names typically consist of two parts — for example, Lavendula angustifolia. Thus, it is called a Latin binomial.

    The first part usually states the genus, and it is always written with a capital letter. Meanwhile, the second part indicates the species or the characteristics. It is always written in lowercase, and it is always an adjective.

    5 Lavender species used as essential oils

    As mentioned earlier, there are around nine species of lavender. However, only five of them are used in aromatherapy.

    1. Lavendula angustifolia

    More popularly known as true lavender, L. angustifolia has been used for thousands of years. It is also the most commonly harvested lavender species and considered to have the best aroma. Thus, it is often used in skin care, aromatherapy, and cooking. Characterized by narrow leaves and a single stem, L. angustifolia is proven to be safe for personal use.

    2. Lavendula latifolia

    L. latifolia is better known as spike lavender. It has broad leaves that are blue gray in color, and it usually grows in lower altitudes. Moreover, this lavender species is able to produce a very high yield. Due to its high camphor content, it is traditionally used for headaches and dyspepsia, and it's great for colds as well.

    3. Lavendula stoechas

    This lavender species is simply called stoechas or sometimes Spanish lavender. It's quite a hardy plant as it can grow on sand and in between rocks. Stoechas can do wonders for your headache. However, because of its really high camphor content, it's not advisable for kids.

    4. Lavendula x intermedia

    Also known as lavandin, L. x intermedia is a hybrid of two lavender species: L. angustifolia and L. latifolia. This lavender species is not capable of reproducing naturally, but because of its high yield, it is great for commercial production. Typically grown in lower altitudes, L. x intermedia is characterized with a three-pronged stem. It is usually regarded as a lavender species with a lower quality, and its smell is considered to be not as sweet as true lavender.

    5. Lavendula x spica

    Simply called spica, this lavender species is a hybrid of L. latifola and L. dentata. It is often used in landscaping, but L. x spica has recently found its way in essential oils too.

    It definitely pays to know the different species of lavender used in essential oils. This way, you can be sure that the products you're applying or taking in are really safe for you.

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  • Bath salts are known to help in calming your senses, and adding it to your skin care routine can keep you looking radiant. Nevertheless, you don't need to spend on expensive products or spa treatments to give yourself this kind of treat.

    In this article, we'll show you how you can make your own mineral bath salts with just a few ingredients.

    Ingredients

    As promised, you won't have to scour your home or the grocery for so many items in order to make your own mineral bath salts. You don't need to spend so much as well on this DIY project.

    With these amounts of ingredients, you can produce 6 cups of mineral bath salts for yourself. You can even give the other finished products as gifts to your friends or family.

    Directions

    Put all of the ingredients in a large jar and stir well. Afterwards, store the mixture in a cool, dark place until it's ready to use.

    If you are using an 8 oz jar as container for your bath salts, make sure to use this recipe instead:

    • 3/4 cup epsom salt
    • 1/4 cup baking soda
    • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    • 10 drops PanAway Essential Oil

    Usage

    Add about 1/2 cup of bath salts to your warm bath, which is perfect for relaxing or a sore muscle soak.

    Did you know?

    Lavender is a versatile essential oil, and its universally appealing floral scent makes it even harder to ignore. It offers a wide range of benefits, so it's commonly used in various products for home cleaning and skin care.

    PanAway, on the other hand, is a combination of different essential oils such as wintergreen, clove, peppermint, and helichrysum. It is best known for its calming effects, which work wonderfully after strenuous physical activities.

     

     

     

     

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  • Keeping a healthy and glowing skin doesn't mean spending exorbitant amounts for a variety of skin care products, which may or may not work for you. Unfortunately, finding a product that matches your skin can be a hit or miss — either a toner dries out your skin, a moisturizer makes you oily, or a facial wash results in breakouts.

    It can be very wasteful in the long run, don't you think? Good thing, essential oils works as skin care products too. Using different oils, you can create your wash, toner, and moisturizer.

    Check out our awesome recipe for an overnight facial moisturizer.

    Ingredients

    You only need a few ingredients to come up with a homemade facial moisturizer

    Directions

    Combine all of the ingredients in a large jar or divide evenly between six dropper bottles. If you are using dropper bottles as containers, you can use this recipe for each dropper bottle instead:

    • 4 teaspoons almond oil
    • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    • 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
    • 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

    Make sure to store the finished product in a cool place.

    Usage

    Place a few drops on your palm and apply generously on your face and neck. Make sure that you have washed your skin prior to applying the moisturizer.

    Did you know?

    Frankincense is known for its earthy, balsamic aroma. It also has a broad range of uses; in fact, it can help minimize blemishes and add a healthy glow to your skin. Meanwhile, Lavender also has a variety of uses, but its scent has sweet, floral notes.

    Tea Tree is a popular ingredient in skin care products too. It reduces the appearance of blemishes, and it can also do wonders for your hair and scalp.

     

     

     

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  • No other part of your body works as hard and gets beaten as your feet. Taking you to different places, your feet deserves to be pampered every now and then so that they will continue to look smooth and healthy despite a day of full walking.

    Getting a foot scrub at least once a week is a great way to do this. However, you don't need to go the spa every week to have this done. With just a few ingredients, you can whip out a homemade foot scrub that's effective.

    Ingredients

    These amounts of ingredients will yield four cups of foot scrub, so you'll surely get a lot more for spending a little.

    Directions

    Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir the contents well so that they will combine properly. Pour the mixture into a large mason jar or divide evenly between six jars (Hint: You can give these to your friends or relatives as gifts!).

    Make sure to store the finished products in a cool, dark place until they are ready to use.

    Usage

    Scoop out a few teaspoons of your Lavender Foot Scrub and scrub it gently on your wet skin. The tub or shower may become slippery so be extra careful.

    Did you know?

    Lavender is one of the most versatile and powerful essential oils, and it also has a sweet, floral scent that many people love. Its uses cover a wide range as well. In fact, lavender essential oils can be used for your home or for your personal skin care.

     

     

     

     

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  • You probably know how baking soda is one of the most effective cleaning hacks out there. However, in this article, we'll show you an awesome recipe of a baking soda cleaning scrub that smells great too.

    Ingredients

    You will only need to prepare three items in order to have your own baking soda cleaning scrub, and they're easily found in your home or in stores.

    Directions

    Fill your shaker jar with baking soda and add 60 drops of Citrus Fresh Essential Oil. Afterwards, put the lid on and cover the holes on top with your hand. Shake vigorously so that the baking soda and essential oil are mixed properly.

    You can also use a spoon to stir the ingredients if you prefer to do it that way. Just make sure that no lumps will form in the mixture.

    Extra Tip: You can opt for the R.C. Essential Oil instead of the Citrus Fresh Essential Oil if you want a scent that suits the holiday season.

    Usage

    Simply shake the contents of the jar onto dirty sinks, pots, and stove tops. Scrub the surfaces gently and wipe clean.

    Did you know?

    The Citrus Fresh Essential Oil is a refreshing blend of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, and spearmint essential oils. It also includes naturally occurring constituents such as limonene, beta-pinene, and linalol.

    R.C. Essential Oil, on the other hand, is a combination of three varieties of eucalyptus with Cypress and Spruce. Its invigorating aroma makes it a nice treat for those who want to enjoy a soothing environment.

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  • Your bed is a special sanctuary where you should be able to rest from all the work and chores you have done for the day. However, finding your sheets with a funny smell could prevent you from having a relaxing sleep at night.

    This weird odor can easily be caused by yourself since your body may be transferring oils, sweat, and bacteria to your sheets and pillows during sleep. Naturally, the fabric will give off unpleasant smells over time. Changing your bedding once a week is ideal, and you can also use a fabric fresher spray to keep your sheets smelling crisp and clean.

    The amazing thing, though, is that you could make your fabric fresher spray with just water and essential oil.

    Ingredients

    As mentioned above, you won't need a lot of items to create a 12 oz fabric fresher spray. Check your home if you have these things available. If not, you can easily purchase them through the links that we have provided.

    Directions

    Combine all of the ingredients in your 12 oz spray bottle. Then, make sure that you shake the mixture well. Afterwards, store it in a cool place.

    If you only have 2 oz spray bottles, you can use this formula instead: Fill your spray bottle with 2 ounces of water and put 10 drops of Purification Essential Oil.

    Extra Tip: For a more holiday feel, you may use the Christmas Spirit Essential Oil instead of the Purification Essential Oil.

    Usage

    Spray generously on your sheets, drapes, and furniture. You may also simply spray it in the air to eliminate odors.

    Did you know?

    The Purification Essential Oil is known for its odor neutralizing effects, so it's a great choice for making a fabric fresher spray. Its uplifting scent is a product of various essential oils including lemongrass, rosemary, myrtle, citronella, lavandin, and melaleuca alternifolia.

    Meanwhile, the Christmas Spirit Essential Oil is a wonderful blend that can help purify the air in your surroundings. Feel free to sprinkle it in your fireplace or on your Christmas tree so that you can feel the joyful season even more.

     

     

     

     

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