Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular oils—and for good reason! Check out these 34 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil to learn more!

I love how versatile essential oils are and they seem to have a beneficial effect on me and my family as well. I also love using natural products in the home so I make certain that I only choose natural ingredients and the highest quality of popular essential oils.

Be sure to check out my 33 Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil as well!

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Best Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular oils—and for good reason! It’s versatile and can be used to flavor food and beverages, clean your home, uplift your mood, and much more. 

It’s also one of our favorite oils in our household! I love lavender aromatherapy and that lovely floral scent. If you’re looking for a lavender scent that is a popular choice, learn more about this type of essential oil that is a great price and one that I love having in my home environment.

We use it for stress relief, to help relax and sleep more soundly, on burns, in my diaper wipes recipe, and more!

Did you know that there are 34 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil that you may be overlooking? Read on! You just might learn about some therapeutic effects and another use of essential oils that you didn’t know was an option.

Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Lavender can help you relax, and help manage stress and frustration, antiseptic and was historically known as the flower of love and has universally been used to help balance the body and mind.

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  • Apply Lavender to the bottom of your feet, before going to bed, to aid in improving sleep quality.
  • Diffuse Lavender to promote peace and a general sense of well-being.
  • Apply a small amount of Peppermint and Lavender to your temples to assist in reducing stress.

Lavender may help with stress, sore joints, bruises, feeling down, headaches, insect bites, sunburns, and more.

Check out these 34 different ways you can use Lavender essential oil. I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg for this versatile oil!

34 Uses For Lavender Essential Oil

Home Uses for Lavender 

1. Freshen Closet Air

Fabrics of all variety, shoes for every occasion, plus a dirty clothes bin and no fresh air can only equal one thing…you need lavender essential oil. Whether diffused, drizzled on earthenware, or dripped on cotton balls, chase stagnancy away!

2. Soothe Insect Bites

Insects, creepies, and crawlies are not too fond of the smell of lavender. In fact, they hate it. If you forget to go the prevention route, lavender soothes bites, itching, and inflammation. It just might help to ease irritated skin.

3. Multi-Purpose Spray

Make out a spray bottle filled with a lavender and water mixture and freshen your car.

4. Kids Won’t Go Down?

Lavender drops on their pillows … it’s like magic. It will help ease their mind, calm them down, make bedtime a bit more rewarding, and best of all … lull them into a restful sleep. (I do always keep the bottle out of the reach of children and am careful about that, too!)

5. Skip the Aerosol Chemical Sprays

Next time you are deodorizing the bathroom, think of lavender and water in a spray bottle.

6. Take the Acrid Out of Vinegar

If you clean with vinegar, but can barely stay vertical while using it, lavender is the answer. Just add lavender and vinegar together in the spray bottle and you’re set!

7. Therapeutic Dish or Laundry Soap 

If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits. It transforms your cleaning experience!

8. Lovable Linens

What does your linen closet smell like? Probably cotton. Maybe old cotton. Energize your linens with lovely smelling lavender. It leaves no oil marks and leaves things invigoratingly fresh.

9. Lavender candles

Ahhh the long-lost art of candle making. If you’ve ever made candles you know how fun it can be. When you add lavender, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic!

10. Wood Floors, Like New

A tired wood floor is, well … tired. Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Woods love oil. Just add lavender to your cleaning system and your floor can look like new!

11. Help That Trusty Ball Cap

A well-worn, much-loved ball cap can look great but smell like a wild animal. Add 4-5 drops of lavender to make it bearable. It will be your favorite hat if you have a headache too!

12. Change Your Sheets, Refresh Your Mattress

Unfortunately, your mattress can be neglected, and have that “wires, foam and fabric” smell. Add lavender when you change your sheets and neglect no more!

13. Homemade Room Freshener

Put baking soda and 5-6 drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas (near garbage can, dirty clothes), shake jar often. Smile.

14. Pet Smells No More

Add a skiff or two of your baking soda and lavender mixture to carpets and vacuum up! If you have pets, (especially the un potty trained variety), fight back with lavender!

15. Extra Potpourri Mileage

If you have a pot of potpourri that has seen its day, try refreshing it with a few drops of lavender essential oil. You’ll love the way lavender can change the feel of your home!

16. Sweet Smelling Vacuum Bags

Your vacuum can be your nemesis when it comes to keeping your home smelling clean. As you well know, it can even blow microfine dirt! Pin some cotton balls (soaked in lemon and lavender oils) on the inside of the bag and let your vacuum blow! Just a few drops of the essential oil make a big difference!

Cooking and Food Uses for Lavender 

You’ll love these common uses for lavender essential oil!

17. Soften Citrus Flavors

Use in delicate lemon sauces for chicken or fish or in powerful orange marmalades, citrus salads, real lemonade, and more!

18. Amazing Marinades and BBQ

Baste chicken or fish on the grill with honey or a garlic and rosemary blend, spread over roasted vegetables, marinade chicken pieces in honey and lavender, yum!

19. Bake Like the Best

Lavender is a nice addition to lavender blueberry banana bread, lemon lavender cookies, baked salmon, lavender sugar cookies, lavender muffins, lavender cakes, oh yeah!

20. Give Your Sugars a Delightful Twist

Use as a substitute for vanilla extract (in creams, custards, and sugars), use it in lavender icing, add to honey for extra flavor in tea or toast, and even maple syrup!

Body and Mind Uses for Lavender 

Easy and natural uses for lavender essential oil!

21. The Oatmeal Secret

Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil. When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.

22. Minor Burns, Major Relief

When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well!

23. Boo Boo Relief

Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered. There are so many uses for natural essential oils!

24. Alleviate Feelings of Earaches

You can warm lavender (don’t scald it), mix with olive oil and gently massage around the ears (not in the ears) and near glands in the throat.

25. A Dry Climate Answer

If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!

26. Horrific Heels & Foot Fatigue

If you’ve been wearing sandals all summer, and your heels look like the Atacama Desert, 6 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Your porous feet will thank you. It’s time to treat the bottoms of your feet!

27. Neck & Wing Relief

When you have neck and scapula tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breathe it in and massage those knots out!

Now you know how to use lavender essential oil for anxiety!

28. A Hood of Wonder

Next time you have a cold or the flu, remember the lavender steam hood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.

29. A Woodworker’s Friend

Do you work with wood or handle wood? Rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out.

30. Allergies, Sinuses & Congestion Oh My!

Lavender can calm down unruly sinus issues, defiant allergies, and other respiratory issues. Just apply on the back of your neck, chest, and between your eyes. It just might have a positive effect on your immune system to provide help.

31. Fortify Your First-Aid Kit

There are many products that would be tres glam additions to your First-Aid kit, but if you could only pick one, lavender should be it. Why? Basic First-Aid kits are often geared toward minor skin irritation, scrapes, rashes, and so forth. Lavender is great for all those, not to mention its calming properties!

32. Rub a Dub Dub

Rather than using regular soap and warm water at baby’s bath time, add about five drops of lavender oil to the warm water. Your tot’s skin will be pampered and smell great! You can also combine lavender with your bath bombs as well! (just find a good recipe to do so first!)

33. Soak Away Stress

Your muscles are tight. Stress and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve? Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe. A drew drops of essential oil might help!

34. Let Vapor Talk

Wet your hair in the shower. Add 4 drops of lavender to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You’ll love how it smells, and how your hair feels!

For even more uses for Lavender, check out my book Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home. There are more than 200 ways to uses essential oils in your home!

Tell me how you use this purple plant in your home! I love the scent of lavender and am always looking for new ways to incorporate more organic lavender uses.

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  1. CAROLE SPAIN says:

    I have always loved lavender I went to school when I was three we used to have a nap in the afternoons and the teacher used to spray lavender oround the room I still use it now.

  2. nicole @nicky_olea says:

    I absolutely adore Lavender!

  3. Forget the kids, I use it when I can’t get to sleep. I love the lavender!

  4. Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} says:

    I used to use essential oils a lot more. I should get back into it.

  5. That is a lot of uses for lavender oil. I should give it a try.

  6. With so many uses, you’ve convinced me that I need to try Lavendar Oil.

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