Lavender Essential Oil: How to use it and what to use it for
Lavandula angustifolia is the most common species of the Lavender flower. With 64 total components including linalool and linalyl acetate, Lavender’s benefits are many.
Our Lavender Essential Oil is indigenous to the Provence region of France. Having been grown in the high altitudes, Lavender acquires elevated ester and sesquiterpene alcohol content, thereby increasing its helpful benefits.
Although Lavender grows readily in the United States, the qualities are not as beneficial because the growing conditions that exist in its native lands cannot be duplicated. You simply cannot replicate anywhere else the rocky soil and Mediterranean growing conditions that are specific to the Provence region of France. Where your oils are sourced matters.
Lavender Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flower and leaf of the plant, giving it a powdery, floral, light aroma. It can be used internally, topically, and aromatically. Dilute for sensitive skin, but it can generally be used “neat” (i.e., undiluted). When paired with other oils, Lavender can enhance those oils’ benefits, as well as create balance and synergy among Essential Oils in a blend. Lavender blends well with most other Essential Oils.
Lavender for the skin
One of the amazing benefits that Lavender provides is general skin support.
Apply Lavender topically when:
Splinters. Lavender can help support drawing the wood out of your skin. Apply one drop to the area of concern and cover with a band-aid.
Cuts or scrapes. Apply one drop of Lavender to involved areas.
Healthy skin support: Lavender can reduce appearances of blemishes, scars, or occasional acne. Gently rub one drop directly on the area of concern. Can dilute with a carrier oil if needed.
Dry or chapped skin? Apply one drop directly on the area. Massage in gently.
If your skin has come into contact with something hot. Apply one drop to the area to support a cooling and soothing sensation.
Lavender for sleep
One of the most common uses for Lavender is in support of healthy, deep sleep. It is important for our bodies to rest and reach REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. This is the stage where much healing, cellular repair, and recuperation takes place.
Lavender’s calming and relaxing properties are the perfect compliment for winding down from the day and encouraging a restful state. Lavender can be used on its own, applied topically to your feet, taken internally, or diffused to support sleep. Lavender is also an ingredient in many sleep-promoting blends such as our Restful Blend, Grounding Blend, and Focus Blend.
Consider spritzing Lavender on your pillow before bedtime. Combine 10–15 drops Lavender and water in a glass 8-ounce spray bottle.
Or make a convenient roller ball to roll on the back of your neck or bottoms of your feet.
Sleep tight roller blend recipe
Use in a 10 ml roller bottle and top with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Diffusing Lavender is also a great way to support sleep. Add two to six drops to a diffuser.
Peace out diffuser recipe
Lavender for Emotional Support
Lavender is also known as the oil of communication. It calms and relaxes, increasing your ability to express your feelings. You can benefit from using Lavender for emotional support if you feel one or more of the following:
- Fear of expressing yourself
- Fear of being seen or heard
- Holding back innermost thoughts or feelings
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of your own true self
- Emotional dishonesty
When feeling any of these, you can diffuse Lavender, or apply topically over the heart, behind the neck, or on pulse points.
Taken internally, Lavender can reduce anxious feelings, support feelings of calmness, and promote relaxing qualities.
Outdoors with Lavender
Who does not love getting out in the sunshine once in a while? Spending time in the sun is excellent for your health but sometimes we overdo our exposure and end up with pink or even red skin. When that happens, support healthy skin and soothe your exposed skin with this easy spray (no rubbing necessary)!
After too much sunshine spray recipe
Combine the following in a two-ounce glass spray bottle:
Top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Shake and spray on areas of concern. Tip: keep in the fridge to promote extra soothing and cooling.
Maybe, along with the sunshine, you ended up with some irritated breathing—coughing, sneezing, feeling congestion, or a stuffy nose, with seasonal or outdoor breathing irritations. What to do?
Skin irritations due to bugs? Apply one drop Lavender to soothe irritation.
Stress relief with Lavender
Due to its calming and relaxing properties, Lavender is a great support for reducing feelings of stress or tension.
Apply topically to the back of neck, temples, or areas of muscle tension for soothing relief. Diffuse alone or with the Grounding Blend.
Enjoy relaxing, unwinding, and relieving the stress of your day by adding three to five drops of Lavender to your bath, or to have some fun and relax, try these homemade bath bombs:
Lavender bath bomb recipe
- 1 Cup Citric Acid
- 1 1/2 Cups Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 10–15 Drops Lavender
- Ice Cube Tray or Silicone Mold
Grab a medium bowl, whisk the citric acid and baking soda together, then add coconut oil and Lavender with a spatula or a spoon. The mixture should just hold together when you press it between two fingers.
Next, press the mixture into your ice cube tray or mold. Let dry for 24 hours or, if using the molds, you can place in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Then, turn the oven off and let the bombs continue to dry for an hour. Remove from oven. Cool completely before removing carefully. If the bombs are crumbly or falling apart, let them dry longer, even overnight.
Lavender in the kitchen
Did you know that you can use Essential Oils to cook, marinate, or enhance flavors in your daily diet? For example, Lavender is a great addition to lemonade. You only need one to two drops per pitcher of lemonade.
Add four to six drops Lavender, honey, berries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and maybe a partial banana to your favorite vanilla ice cream. Blend to combine and enjoy!
You can add a hint of Lavender to your cupcakes with one to two drops added to the batter. Just a toothpick swirl is needed for your icing.
Lavender and Lemon pound cake, Lavender cheesecake, Lavender banana bread…the list goes on. Enhance your chocolate with Lavender. Combine Lavender with citrus to soften the citrus flavor.
Tip: a little goes a long way.
Lavender and the body
Women, if you experience those monthly cramps, apply Lavender topically to the abdomen to soothe the area of discomfort.
When needed, apply topically to areas of muscle tension or head tension.
Apply topically along the jawline to promote relaxation and relieve stress that promotes teeth grinding.
Dilute and apply topically along the jawline of teething baby.
To help maintain or support healthy blood pressure, apply topically over the heart, on pulse points, or take internally.
Lavender around the house
All households, at one time or another, can have a stale smell, or other unappealing aromas. Freshen and purify your air with Lavender Essential Oil. You can create many appealing fresheners, but the following is uplifting with a great aroma:
Springtime air freshener recipe
Combine in a glass spray bottle, top with water, shake before spraying. Can also be used as an air freshener in your car.
Freshen your laundry as well by adding four to six drops on a wool dryer ball and tumble it with your clothes.
Or maybe it’s YOU that you want to freshen up. Using Lavender in a body spray is an easy, natural alternative to synthetic options.
Sunshine body spray recipe
- 8 oz. Distilled Water
- 1 tbsp. Witch Hazel
- 15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- 6 Drops LAVENDER
- 2 Drops Wild Orange
Combine, shake, and enjoy!
Citrus cleaning wipes recipe
- 24 paper towels
- 2 cups boiled and mostly cooled water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
- 10 Drops Lemon
- 10 Drop Lavender
Cut paper towels into desired size, and stack. Roll towels and place in a glass jar with lid. Combine other ingredients, pour over towels, close lid, and shake to moisten towels. Store in a sealed glass container.
Lavender for bugs
To keep those pesky flying irritants away, spray exposed skin with some Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium, and Peppermint Essential Oils (in equal quantities) and Fractionated Coconut Oil (to top off spray bottle). Here’s the recipe:
Bug be gone spray bottle recipe
Combine in a two-ounce glass spray bottle, top with Fractionated Coconut Oil, shake, and spray on exposed skin.
You can also use Lavender as a bug repellant in your garden for natural protection of your plants
As you can see, there are many different ways to use Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender is only one of several of the most popular Essential Oils that we recommend for having on hand each day. I want you to feel empowered to have these natural tools ready to go when the moment arises, whatever the situation.