Natural remedies have saved my life, literally. About 10 years ago, I developed a painful nerve problem. For a time, I couldn’t walk. It progressed so quickly that I had no doubt I’d soon be in a wheelchair, if I didn’t find some way to reverse this crippling process.
Fortunately, I knew a fair amount about natural healing, even though I didn’t put it into practice. My diet was terrible and I was under a lot of stress, which I did nothing to change.
With my quality of life slipping away, I eventually cleaned up my diet. Then, I got serious about reining in my excess inflammation with herbs, homeopathy and essential oils.
I also overhauled my lifestyle. My toxic cleaning products were replaced with natural essential oils.
Holistic health practitioners generally believe chronic inflammation is why we get sick. Many things can trigger the inflammatory response, they tell us. These include emotional trauma, toxins in our food and even electromagnetic radiation. \
But the good news is that God has given us an abundance of medicinal plants, which contain natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
Naturally, since these centuries-old remedies have given me my life back, I want to tell other people about them. Because I feel so strongly that everyone should be able to afford these natural remedies, I like to share the good deals I find with my readers.
One of my discoveries is Vitacost lavender essential oil. This is a very reasonably priced oil. (Sometimes, Vitacost also offers a Buy One Get One Free offer on its house-brand oils.) Generic Vitacost oil is very good for specific things, such as cleaning and household projects. I bought one bottle about a year ago, and now it’s almost empty. I use it when it doesn’t make sense to use higher-priced lavender.
Vitacost Lavender Oil
I’ve purchased lavender oil from different vendors. Since this is such a versatile oil, it tends to get used up quickly. Because I was nearly out of lavender, which I’d bought from a different source, I needed to order more. The reason I initially decided to get Vitacost lavender oil is because I wanted to reach the company’s free shipping threshold. So I searched for a product I could use. In a sense, you could say I got my lavender for free, since it negated the shipping charge.
Since I’d never ordered a Vitacost aromatic before, I didn’t know what to expect. Even though I’m a frequent customer and I trust the Vitacost label, essential oil fraud is rampant. So I prefer to buy my oils from smaller companies, which do their own in-house testing for purity, and will make these results available on request.
Before buying, I also wanted to know what other people were saying about Vitacost lavender oil. Nearly everything I read was favorable. Even though the price is so reasonable, I still didn’t want to waste my money. I’m a frequent Vitacost shopper. This is where I buy a lot of healthy products. So I appreciate it when I can get them at a discount. This company also offers very generous incentives and coupon codes on a regular basis.
I do think my bottle of Vitacost lavender essential oil is okay. But it doesn’t smell as sweet as the other brands I’ve used, Aura Cacia and Plant Therapy lavender essential oil. But this could have to do something with the fact that it’s sourced from French-grown plants, instead of the Ukrainian and Bulgarian flowers used by Aura Cacia. Because I don’t have an independent lab at my disposal, to test for quality, all I can go by is my nose.
Types of Lavender Essential Oil
My bottle of Vitacost lavender essential oil says it is Lavandula officinalis, which is the term for true lavender, as opposed to lavandin, a related plant that’s often used and passed off as real lavender.
I’m assuming Vitacost lavender oil has therapeutic properties. (But, for massage purposes, I prefer a name brand.) I definitely don’t buy into the marketing hype that you need to use only MLM oils if you want good results. Medicinally, essential oils have been used for thousands of years, long before the two main MLM players came into existence.
Vitacost lavender oil was one of the oils I included in a mix to clear up my dog’s outer ear infection. We also used it mixed with another oil, and a coconut oil carrier, to clear up a hot spot. This problem was corrected with just one application.
Are Vitacost Oils Good?
Anyway, I’ve nearly used up my of my one-ounce bottle. Oftentimes, I sprinkle lavender oil on my pillow, or on a cloth next to my pillow, to help me fall asleep. (Vitacost lavender oil works well for this purpose.) I also used this oil in a homemade lavender detox foot soak, with epsom salt.
One of my very favorite uses for lavender oil is to clean the hardwood floors in my dining room. I love the way it makes my floors shine, every bit as the toxic cleaner I used to use, before I traded in all of the hazardous chemicals in my house for green products.
Anyway, I’ll probably purchase Vitacost lavender again, mostly for cleaning projects. I certainly won’t be using the highest-quality lavender on the market for my dining room floors. Out of all the oils I own, I go through the most bottles of lavender.
Lavender Oil from Bulgaria
Later, I did order Aura Cacia lavender oil from Vitacost. This is one of the brands I use the most, along with Plant Therapy. Aura Cacia is an industry leader, and was one of the first American companies to begin selling essential oils, back when very few people had heard of aromatherapy. From both personal experience and research, I know this company’s oils are of the highest quality.
The only drawback is that they tend to be more expensive than some of the other brands. However, Vitacost sells Aura Cacia lavender oil at a big discount. I own Aura Cacia lavender as well.
But there’s still a price difference between the house brand and the Aura Cacia lavender, which means I won’t be putting it on my dining room floors. But I will be using this oil for massage, as I like to put the highest-quality product I can find on my skin.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils, unless under the direction of a health care professional.
I’m not a healthcare professional, so all of the above statements are my personal opinion, and are not intended as medical advice.