30 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oil to have on hand. Therapeutic Lavender oil is known to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing and is one of the few essential oils to still listed in the British Pharmacopoeia – that is, provided the Lavender oil is of therapeutic/higher quality and not an aromatherapy oil.

The fragrant influence of Lavender oil is calming, relaxing, and balancing, both physically and emotionally.

  • University researchers in Japan found that diffusing certain aromas in an office environment dramatically improved mental accuracy and concentration. Diffused lemon oil resulted in 54 percent fewer errors, jasmine 33 percent fewer errors, and lavender 20 percent fewer errors. When aromas were diffused during test taking, scores increased by as much as 50 percent.
  • Lavender has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity. University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation.
  • Lavender oil also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego et al., 1998).
  • A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura et al., 2001).

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30 Ways to Use Lavender Oil

  1. Rub Lavender oil on the soles of the feet for a calming effect on the body.
  2. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
  3. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
  4. Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain and stimulate healing.
  5. Stop Bleeding; put 1-4 drops of Lavender oil on a cut to stop the bleeding.
  6. Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a carrier oil and apply topically for minor skin irritations.
  7. Alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.
  8. 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. Rub a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts (avoid eye area).
  10. Capped Skin; rub a couple drops of Lavender oil with a little carrier oil on dry or chapped skin.
  11. Rub a drop of Lavender oil with a little carrier oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
  12. To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil on and around the affected area.
  13. Rub 2 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area as a deodorant.
  14. Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help during hay fever season.
  15. Dandruff; rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help minor flakiness.
  16. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
  17. Place a drop of Lavender oil in your tabletop water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings (NOT in fish tanks though).
  18. Put 2-4 drops of Lavender oil on you vacuum cleaner bag to scent the room while vacuuming.
  19. Bed Linen Spray; in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water add 5-10 drops of Lavender oil, shake and lightly mist bed linens every morning upon making your bed, this provides a calming scent that helps induce restful sleep.
  20. Dryer Sheet; place a few drops of Lavender oil on a damp washcloth and toss into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  21. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore to facilitate healing.
  22. Diffuse equal portions of both Lavender and Orange essential oils to reduce stress and anxiety.
  23. Sunburn; spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.
  24. Cuts and Wounds (minor); put 1-2 drops Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
  25. Itching; apply 1-2 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal skin.
  26. Foot Bath; mix 4 drops Lavender oil with 1/4 cup of Epsom Salts and add to warm water, soak feet for 20 minutes.
  27. In a 32 oz. spray bottle mix 14-20 drops of Lavender oil with water for a chemical-free spray air freshener.
  28. Add a drop of Lavender to one quart of softened vanilla ice cream, stir well, freeze until hardened, serve.*
  29. Lavender Tea; add one drop of Lavender oil to a cup of hot water for a relaxing cup of tea at the end of a busy day.*
  30. Use Lavender oil in one of these recipes: Relaxing Bedtime Foot Rub Recipe for the Whole Family, DIY Aromatherapy Deodorant,  *

*NOTE: Only food grade essential oils, such as Young Living Essential Oils, can be ingested or taken internally as a supplement. Please do not ingest otherwise.

5 Comments on 30 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

  1. Carol Wiley
    03/07/2012 at 10:21 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve also found lavender useful for getting rid of random bumps that appear on the skin (although it can take a while, especially if the bump has been around for a long time).

  2. Jill
    10/29/2012 at 9:23 am (8 years ago)

    I get cold sores all the time and am going to try using lavender to speed up healing! Do you have to dilute it at all or use it full strength when you put it on your skin?

  3. David Dickinson
    02/04/2013 at 8:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for this informative list on ways to use Lavender Oil.

  4. Judi
    04/20/2013 at 3:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I am looking for a #candy recipe containing# lavender ( the candy has a “butter mint” texture)….not a hard candy. My aunt always had it back in the 70’s. It did have a slight soapy flavor….but i loved it…..

    • Evelyn
      04/28/2013 at 6:03 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Judi,

      I found this Butter-Mint candy recipe at Land O Lakes that sounds like it might be what you’re looking for…


      1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
      5 1/4 cups powdered sugar
      3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half
      1 tsp peppermint extract (I would use YL Peppermint essential oil because the quality would be far better – and it will taste better – USE ONLY 1 DROP PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL – as it is more potentent than the artificial extracts!!!)
      2 to 3 drops red food color
      1 to 2 drops green food color


      Place butter in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add powdered sugar, whipping cream and peppermint extract. Continue beating 2-5 minutes or until mixture forms a soft dough.

      Divide dough in half. Beat red food color into one-half of dough. Continue beating until dough is pink. Beat green food color into other half of dough; beat until dough is light green.

      Place dough, 1 color at a time, on surface lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar; knead until smooth. Cover with plastic food wrap to prevent drying out. Roll 1 tablespoon of each tinted dough into 4-inch rope. Gently twist green and pink ropes together. Carefully continue rolling and twisting rope to a 10-inch rope. Add more powdered sugar when rolling, if necessary. Cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Place twists onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Let mints stand uncovered at room temperature 6-8 hours or until surface is dry.

      To store, layer mints between sheets of waxed paper into container with tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate up to 1 month. For longer storage, store in freezer up to 2 months.

      Snowmen: Omit food color. Roll dough into 3/4 to 1 1/4-inch balls. Stack 3 different sized balls together. Decorate as desired.
      Cut-Outs: Tint dough as desired. Roll out on surface lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 1-inch cookie or canapé cutters.
      Candy Molds: Tint dough as desired. Press into soft rubber candy molds; refrigerate 3-5 minutes. Release.
      Candy Canes: Tint dough as desired. Roll 1 tablespoon of each tinted dough into 4-inch rope. Gently twist ropes together. Shape twisted rope into candy cane.
      Marbled Mints: Tint dough as desired. Press together 1/2 teaspoon of each dough. Shape into rectangular, square or round candy shapes.

      Hope this helps!


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