50 Uses for Lavender Oil

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*Disclaimer: I am not a health professional and essential oils are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.*

Lavender oil has found itself to be an essential staple to any natural living household stemming back thousands of years. It’s flowery, aromatic scent makes it a pleasant resident to any person or home and it’s properties offer up tons of versatile uses and benefits that have been referenced throughout history!

Lavender oil is known far and wide as calming. As someone who suffers from anxiety issues, I’ve all but drank it straight in an effort to calm my anxious feelings. It really works best in this way, I’ve found, when you ingest it or rub it on the bottoms of your feet!

Recently, I discovered that for a select few, Lavender has the opposite effect. In which case, a switch to Bergamot should be a great substitute!

I love lavender for other uses as well. It’s been helping the breakouts I’ve been plagued with since I became pregnant, helped me get rid of a cold sore and I’m starting to acquire a taste for it as well.

Like everything else, some testing and trial and error often have to take place for us to figure out what works for us personally. What works for one, may not for another. What works for many may have opposite effects for a few. Test it out and find your love for it where it fits.

Why Brand Matters

Essential oils are neither a drug nor a supplement. This means they fall into an unregulated limbo open to many scammers. There are tons of “essential oils” out there that aren’t what they say they are. ‘Essentially’ they’re producing these little bottles of synthetic chemicals and fragrances and labeling them “Lavender essential oil” or whichever one their trying to pass it off as.

These fake ones don’t carry the benefits or properties of the actual oil and can cause irritation or other unforeseeable and unwanted side effects. Never opt for the cheap ones at your local grocery store. When it comes to your health, always go with a traceable, reliable source.

After doing tons of research when I first decided to invest in some oils, I chose DoTERRA. Not only are they trustable and pure in their products, but they also ethically and responsibly source all of their herbs and materials and do lots of humanitarian work. All things wonderful in my book.

 Lavender Oil Properties:

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiseptic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antidepressant
  • Detoxifying
  • Antispasmodic (Relieving of spasms)
  • Analgesic (Relieving of pain)
  • Hypotensive
  • Sedative

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Uses for Lavender oil:

  1. Moisturize Skin
  2. Restful sleep (Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet)
  3. Eyelash growth (add to mascara)
  4. Alleviate dark circles
  5. Minor skin irritations
  6. Grounding (diffuse)
  7. Healthier hair (add to shampoo)
  8. Fresh smelling laundry (Place on dryer balls)
  9. Soothe sore muscles (Add to a bath with epsom salt)
  10. Seasonal allergies
  11. Acne
  12. Menstrual cramps (topically)
  13. Eczema
  14. Anti-bacterial
  15. Anxiety
  16. Minor Burns
  17. Motion sickness (place on tongue or behind ears)
  18. Cold sores
  19. Headaches (diffuse or add to temples)
  20. Insect bites
  21. Insect Repellant
  22. Perfume
  23. Tighten skin
  24. Disinfectant
  25. Sunburn (add to carrier with peppermint)
  26. Digestion (add to water)
  27. Stomach ache (add to water)
  28. Fade scars
  29. Ear infection relief (add to warm compress, hold to ear)
  30. Kills lice & eggs
  31. Lift mood
  32. Balance emotions
  33. Stress relief / release tension
  34. Minimizes bleeding
  35. Rashes
  36. Dandruff
  37. Add to DIY products for boosted benefits
  38. Cooking/ drinks for flavor
  39. Balance blood sugar
  40. Cools Itch
  41. Teething (dilute with carrier)
  42. Soothing razor burn
  43. Potpourri
  44. Healthier nails (add to cuticle cream)
  45. Add to pillows and bedding for sleep promotion/relaxation
  46. Place inside toilet paper roll for floral aroma to the room
  47. Combine in spray bottle with water for a natural room spray
  48. Add to bath for a relaxing spa treat
  49. Add to massage oil for relaxing aroma therapy benefits
  50. Chakra healing (Crown, Third Eye & Throat)

Oils that compliment Lavender:

  • Bergamot
  • Citrus Bliss
  • Marjoram
  • Basil

If you’re looking for aid in sleep, I’d recommend Serenity Soft gels. Also available via the button below.

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Always dilute oils on children.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*

How to Use

Aside from mixing oils into fun diy products for your home and body, there are several ways to get essential oils straight from their bottles into our systems: Topically, inhalation and ingestion. Not all oils can be used in all of these ways. Some are toxic when ingested, some may irritate the skin or respiratory system. It’s best to know which oils do what to who so that you and your family may use them as safely as possible.
Topically – Apply to skin either directly or by diluting with a carrier oil first.
Inhalation – Diffuse in a diffuser with water or smell directly.
Ingestion – Take drops by mouth or in a supplement capsule.
Lavender can be used in all three ways. It’s considered one of the safest oils in nature.
Also be aware that not all oils are safe for children. Always dilute oils when applying to children regardless to their safety status. Children’s body’s can be very sensitive. Lavender oil is considered to be safe on children.

Fun Facts

  • Lavender is native to the old world. Originating along the lands of the Mediterranean.
  • It’s mentioned in the Bible and was said to be in the Garden of Eden.
  • It was widely used in Ancient Roman and Egyptian cultures for various medicinal and ritual practices.
  • The Romans introduced it to England where it became a royal herb.
  • During the Black Death it was widely ingested to protect the uninfected from contracting the disease (no word on if that was successful or not) and as an aid in covering up the smell of the sick and dying.
  • It was also widely used on the battlefields during World War I in caring for wounded soldiers.
  • People tend to love the scent of Lavender but bugs detest it, making it a great repellent, but bees love it!
  • There are Lavender festivals in many parts of the world where the plant grows wild.
  • Lavender is part of the mint family.
  • It takes 35lbs of Lavender to make one bottle of Lavender essential oil.
  • There are several different varieties of Lavender, most of which are purple or blue but some can be pink or white!

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I help ambitious soul seekers balance and uplift their energy so that they can conquer all that stands in their way of the life they desire. Some would call me a Life Coach but I'm so much more than that. I change lives by supporting, helping and connecting great people so that together we can all make the world a better place.