How Lavender Essential Oil Became My Office Mate

I enjoy trying natural health and beauty products.
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Over the past few years I've become a cheerleader for natural oils, such as coconut, cocoa butter and jojoba, to use as skin moisturizers.

I've also ventured into taking supplements to boost my energy.

A month or so ago, I was given a free sample of Aromappeal Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil from Puritan's Pride to try. Honestly, it sat on my shelf for weeks. I wasn't sure what to do with it. Now, I love the scent of lavender as much as the next gal, but I know essential oils are supposed to also have medicinal values, not just smell nice.

So, I started researching.

Overall, lavender is known for its calming and soothing properties. It can be added to a hot bath or a carrier oil and applied during a massage. It's also said to bring a good night's rest when sprinkled on your pillow or used in a reed diffuser in the bedroom. I also read that lavender oil works well for headaches and menstrual cramps.

So, I finally decided to give it a try. One afternoon when I felt one of my cervicogenic headaches coming on, I decided to dab a bit of the lavender oil on each temple. Within a few minutes the pain was less and much more manageable. Usually those headaches land me in bed for a long nap. After using the oil, I was able to push forward on the day's workload.

Later I tried the lavender oil to calm menstrual cramps. I read it was safe to put a few drops of the oil on my belly, cover it with my clothes, then apply a heat pad. This was simple since I had been using the heat pad all morning anyway with no relief. Amazingly, after about 20 minutes of writing, I realized that I no longer had those annoying squeezing abdominal pains. The oil worked!

In the last few weeks, that little bottle of lavender oil had been sitting on my desk. I've dipped into it to soothe regular headaches and calm myself before difficult work projects. I'm not sure whether it's the oil, or simply mind-over-matter, but that little bottle of lavender oil is my new office mate.

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

Disclosure: The lavender mentioned in this blog post was provided free of charge from Puritan's Pride for review purposes. No monetary compensation was sought or awarded in exchange for the review. All thoughts expressed on Whole Foods Living are solely my own. ~Angela

Note: This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on December 20, 2013.


  1. I'm allergic to lavender. But those I know who can use it swear by it. Great post!

    1. Hi Lyn, I'm sorry to hear about your allergy! I know all about allergies too. *sigh* But, I am glad to hear you've also heard good things about lavender oil. Fantastic! ~Angela


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