14 Incredible Uses for Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils that is very versatile. There are so many incredible uses for lavender that might surprise you. Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils. Lavender is calming, healing and an antiseptic. It’s odd to me when I meet the handful of people who hate lavender, but I can understand that it’s not for everyone. If you can stand lavender, and even love it, you’ll have to try these incredible uses for this incredible herb.

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Uses for Lavender

  1. Burns (heat or sun). If you get a burn from the oven, a stove, etc… you can apply lavender and aloe to help heal the burn much quicker than using just aloe. The same goes for sunburns; you can rub straight lavender oil on your skin or add it into aloe for an even more nourishing and healing home remedy.
  2. Bug Bites. Have an itchy bug bite? Stop scratching it and just dab some lavender oil on to help calm the bite, reduce swelling, reduce redness, and help it heal faster.
  3. Hemorrhoids. Yes, you can actually put lavender on them to heal them and help stop the irritation.
  4. Irritated skin (sensitive, rosacea, eczema, or acne). Dilute a drop or two of the oil in a very gentle lotion that is most appropriate for your skin condition.
  5. Cleanse cuts. Mix lavender with tea tree oil to make a natural antiseptic. If you want to use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide you can add some drops to those as well before applying to the skin.
  6. Aromatherapy for calming nervousness/anxiety, helping with sleep, and helping relieve headaches. Drop 4 drops into a diffuser and let the diffuser steam into the room you’re in to help ease your mind and tension. You can also rub a few drops on each wrist and let it soak into your skin. You can sniff your wrist anytime you’d like to feel a sense of relief.
  7. Nausea and Headache Relief. Relieve nausea or headaches by using this oil as aromatherapy or you can drink the herb in a tea.
  8. Dry Skin. If your skin is dry and itchy and you don’t have a dermal issue such as eczema or psoriasis, you can add a few drops of lavender oil into your favorite unscented lotion and smooth over the skin to hydrate it and relive the dryness.
  9. Dandruff. If you have dandruff you can add a few drops of lavender oil to your dandruff shampoo or conditioner to help relieve itching and flaking.
  10. Yoga Mat Spray. If you mix lavender, tea tree, water, and rubbing alcohol together you get a natural yoga mat spray. Clean your mat weekly to help decrease dirt stains and germs.
  11. Scent Sachet. Make a scent sachet to keep in your car, closet, any room, or dresser drawers to add a nice calming smell to each area.
  12. Ward off Insects. Rub lavender oil on your skin to repel mosquitoes or make sure you buy an organic bug repellant that has lavender in it. If the repellent you have doesn’t have lavender in it, you can add a few drops yourself.
  13. Tea or Flavor Enhancer in Food. Lavender tea is calming and good for digestion. Make a tea with the dry herbal flakes to calm your anxiety, help you sleep, or relieve digestion. Try lemon lavender cookies or cake. You can use the edible herb or oil. Use only a little amount because a little goes a long way, lavender is very potent!
  14. Laundry, Soap, or Bath Boost. If you have plain liquid laundry detergent, like All Free & Clear (which is what I use), you can add one drop to add a nice natural scent to your clothes. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath with Epsom salt to relieve stress and pain.

Lavender can be mixed with other essential oils to create many calming or healing blends. Personally I like to mix lavender and tea tree for a very healing antiseptic mix, lavender with lemongrass to relieve anxiety or sadness, and lavender with vanilla for a calming bath. This incredible edible herb is more than just a gorgeous flower, it’s a truly healing plant that we all can be grateful for.