20 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Whether you are looking for a way to soothe a bug bite, calm an earache, make some homemade body products, or just unwind at the end of a busy day, Lavender Essential Oil is a must-have! Make sure to save these 20 uses for Lavender Essential Oil for future reference!

20 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Not only does lavender smell amazing and put you immediately into a zen-like state (okay maybe not immediate, but it is amazing!) but it also has a multitude of other uses in its innocent-looking little bottle.

 From earaches to sunburn Lavender essential oil is, in my opinion, one of the most important oils to have in your home.

Alone or paired with other oils it can replace the majority of your medicine cabinet. Lavender is also an antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal. Making it a very important oil to use in your home to help fight off issues before they start.

20 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil


Rub lavender behind the ear and down the jawline. Top with a warm compress to aid in pain and draining tubes.


Dilute the lavender essential oil in a spray bottle with water, spray as much as you like over sunburned area for relief, and skin healing.


Use it to treat pain and itching from shingles when applied to affected areas.


Inhale directly from the bottle, apply to your shirt collar, diffuse


You can apply directly to temples and also add to a lukewarm bath to help break a fever.


Mix with lemon essential oil,  peppermint essential oil, and a carrier oil such as coconut, apply to temples, back of neck several times a day.


Rub the oil directly on the site a few times and within days it should have completely vanished.

Insect Bites:

Apply directly to bite for instant itch relief.


This is probably the number one use for lavender EO in our house.  The boys call it the ow oil & want a drop whenever they get hurt. With 4 boys, I make sure to keep a few bottles on hand for them!


Use Lavender essential oil with a combination of coconut and baking soda to create a natural deodorant that is safe and free of unpronounceable chemicals.

Respiratory Infections:

Diffuse lavender in your home, apply to nasal passages as well as neck and chest.

Tension Headaches:

Rub diluted oil on your temples and back of the neck. Works great when combined with peppermint!

Diaper rash:

Make this homemade lavender diaper rash cream from Six Dollar Family!

Laundry soap:

If you make your own cleaning products, lavender is a wonderful addition to the basic mix of washing soda, Fels Naptha, and Borax. Giving a clean and calming smell to all your laundry.

Chapped lips:

Mix a few drops with coconut oil and rub directly on lips as needed for a healing moisturizer.

Bedtime helper:

Bathing your child in a warm bath with a few drops of lavender, and also lightly spraying their pillowcase with lavender can help them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Healing scar tissue:

Apply several times a day throughout the healing process to help reduce scarring.

Hair loss:

Lavender essential oil has been tested to be effective for stimulating hair growth when massaged into the scalp daily.

Motion sickness:

It can be helpful with minor motion sickness symptoms- experiment with applying lavender to your wrists, temples, behind the ears, etc to see where it helps the best.

Homemade bath salts:

Make your own by stirring together 1 cup Epsom salts, 1/2 cup baking soda, and lavender essential oil to desired strength.

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Can you use lavender essential oil directly on the skin?

There are many companies that recommend the neat (or undiluted) use of some essential oils. Lavender is one commonly stated as okay for neat use. I prefer to error on the side of caution and recommend you always dilute for topical use.

When using essential oils topically, you should dilute in a carrier oil like almondavocadojojoba, or coconut oil. Recommended dilution is 12 drops of lavender per ounce of carrier oil. Make sure to test a TINY amount on the inside of your wrist before slathering it on, even with a carrier oil.

 If you have a reaction, use a carrier oil to dilute further. This also helps stretch your oil a little further without any loss of benefits from the essential oil & I'm all about saving money!

Is it safe to ingest lavender essential oil?

For internal use, I recommend sticking with homemade lavender tea or some lavender kombucha and using the essential oil topically or in a diffuser.  The internal use of essential oils has become extremely popular. Due to my research, it is no longer something I feel okay promoting.

 I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to matters of safety. As always I recommend you purchase a pure essential oil.

What's your favorite way to use Lavender essential oil? Do you have a use that is not listed here? Share it with us!

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Want to learn more about how to use essential oils safely? Robert Tisserand (founder of the Tisserand Institute) and Rodney Young wrote Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. It addresses over 400 essential oils, how to use them safely, proper dilution guidelines (how much they need to be diluted for topical use), and more!

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