Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil has a wonderful, sweet, floral aroma with herbaceous, balsamic, and woody undertones. The aroma of lavender has been used for many years in sachets, pillows, and potpourri to help promote feelings of serenity and peace.
Lavender essential oil is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. The list of common primary uses, historical uses, French medicinal uses, and other possible uses contains over 120 conditions. So, if in doubt, use lavender!
Lavender essential oil possesses analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, antihistaminic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitumor, cardiotonic, regenerative, and sedative properties.
Body systems often affected by lavender essential oil include the cardiovascular and nervous systems, emotions, and the skin.
Research being conducted on lavender continues to show new possible uses and therapeutic benefits that lavender may possess. To learn more about a number of these research studies, including summaries and sources, please see the book Modern Essentials.
Topical Application: Lavender essential oil is one of the gentlest essential oils and can be used safely on children, pregnant women, elderly people, animals, and those with sensitive skin. It can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Lavender essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly. Lavender oil promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being when inhaled. It also nurtures creativity.
Internal Application: Lavender essential oil can be taken internally. Try placing a drop or two under the tongue, taking it in a capsule, adding a little to a beverage, or using it as a flavoring in cooking. If adding lavender to a food or beverage, try using just a toothpick at first, and add more to taste.
The scent of lavender blends well with most oils, especially with citrus oils and other floral oils. As an antihistamine, lavender essential oil is beneficial for relieving allergy symptoms. Its sedative properties make it a great option for promoting a good night’s rest. Try diffusing one of the following blends in your diffuser. You could also add a drop of lavender essential oil to a cloth, tissue, nasal inhaler, or the palms of your hands and breathe in the aroma.
2. Apply Topically
Lavender essential oil is known for its soothing properties. It can help promote sleep, reduce anxiety, relieve pain, and increase mental clarity. If you need help with any of these areas, try making a blend and rolling it on the feet, hands, wrists, neck, or area of concern.
To make these recipes, just add the recommended number of drops to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. These recipes are formulated at a 5–7% dilution ratio.
6 drops orange*
6 drops lavender
4 drops orange*
4 drops lavender
4 drops ylang ylang
Sore Muscles Roll-on:
4 drops cinnamon
3 drops geranium
3 drops juniper berry
3 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
5 drops lavender
4 drops peppermint
3 drops grapefruit*
3 drops lemongrass
*Note: If using a roll-on blend that contains a citrus oil on exposed skin, take care to avoid direct sunlight/UV light for up to 12 hours after application.
3. Take Internally and in Food Recipes
Floral herbs like lavender can be used in cooking; but because floral flavors are uncommon, you want just a hint of this flavor. Start with a toothpick, and add more if needed.
Try adding a toothpick of lavender essential oil to a glass of lemonade or to chamomile tea (see recipe below). Lavender also tastes good when added to pound cake or scones. A drop can also provide a unique, gourmet flavor to buttercream frosting.
This Lavender Chamomile Tea is perfect for helping you relax before bedtime. Sip it while you soak in a nice warm bath, and you may drift off to sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow!
Servings: 1 | Time: 10 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive | Difficulty: Easy
4. Add to the First Aid Kit
Some common first aid conditions that lavender can be used for include the following: agitation, bruises, burns (can mix with melaleuca), leg cramps, herpes, heart irregularities, hives, insect bites, neuropathy, pain (inside and out), bee stings, sprains, sunburn (combine with frankincense), and sunstroke. Lavender oil can also relieve insomnia, depression, and PMS and is a natural antihistamine (asthma or allergies).
Here are a few first aid tips using lavender essential oil:
5. Use in Body Care Products
Lavender essential oil is especially useful to the skin and hair. It benefits dry and fragile hair, reduces dandruff, and helps with hair loss. It also helps dry or sensitive skin (including lips) and aids in the healing of bites/stings, blisters, boils, burns, cuts, diaper rash, herpes simplex, rashes, skin ulcers, stretch marks, and other wounds. It also reduces inflammation, itching, and wrinkles. Add lavender to your favorite body care recipes, or try any of these below:
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 78–79, 216–217, 378.
“Modern Essentials: Simple Solutions” Booklet.
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