Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Suggested and Possible Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Use the following potential uses to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Agitation or Anxiety
Apply topically by itself or in a carrier oil to the chest, soles of the feet or top of the head to calm agitation or anxiety. Or use aromatically by adding it to a bath.

Allergies
Use topically alone or in a carrier oil on allergic skin reactions or apply to the chest or soles of feet for seasonal allergy support (especially in conjunction with Lemon and Peppermint). You can also diffuse or inhale for more systemic support.

Appetite (Increase)
Appetite loss due to stress, depression, or illness may be increased by using it aromatically.

Arrhythmia
Uses for lavender essential oil include aromatically or topically to the chest support a steady heartbeat.

Atherosclerosis
Use aromatically or topically over the chest to support heart health.

Blisters and Boils
Apply topically (with or without a carrier oil, depending on skin sensitivity) directly to the site.

Breasts
Massage topically to soothe tenderness, swelling, engorgement, etc.

Bug Bites
Apply topically directly to the site. Dilute as needed or to use less (you don’t generally need much).

Bug Repellant
Apply topically to the body help repel gnats, mosquitos and midges. Be sure to check out a repellant blend or Arborvitae too!

Burns
Apply directly to the site, or use in a very light, non-greasy carrier such as aloe, immediately and every few hours while healing.

Calming
Whether you’re stressed, overwhelmed, angry or otherwise, pure lavender oil can be used aromatically or topically to calm nerves and emotions.

Cancer
Apply topically directly over the site. Also use aromatically to promote well-being.

Chicken Pox
Used topically over the area, pure lavender oil can help soothe itchy skin and promote faster recovery this viral infection.

Cold Sores
Dilute 1 drop of lavender to 10-15 drops of coconut oil and apply directly to the cold sore. You can also try it undiluted, or use Melissa essential oil or any antiviral oils.

Concentration (Distraction)
Lavender can help you to feel more grounded and focused, helping you concentrate and think clearly when used aromatically throughout the room or home, or just on your body.

Convulsions
Use topically to help soothe the nervous system and support balance in the body.

Crying (Uncontrollable)
Uses of lavender essential oil for its calming and soothing effects can help balance overwhelming emotions in healthy ways.

Cuts
Apply lavender topically to aid in healing and prevent infection.

Dandruff
Apply topically for its antifungal properties (dandruff is often caused by a fungal/yeast infection) and to soothe dry, irritated skin and balance pH levels on the skin. Also consider other dandruff home remedies here.

Depression (including Postpartum)
Apply topically, diffuse in the air (or inhale directly), or take internally as described above. A blend for depression can also be helpful.

Detox
Use with a carrier oil and massage toward the heart to increase the lymphatic system.

Diabetic Sores
Can assist in preventing gangrene and other infections with is “anti-everything” properties when used topically.

Diaper Rash
Dilute 3-5 drops of lavender oil to 1 TB raw coconut oil. More or less can be used.

Diuretic
Apply topically to the reflex points for the urinary system, over the lower abdomen, and on the soles of the feet.

Dry Lips
Dilute 1-2 drops in 1 tsp of coconut oil and apply to the lips as needed.

Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain)
Apply directly to the lower abdomen, over the reflex points of the feet (heels and ankles) as needed. (I personally love Vetiver and Frankincense for cramps!)

Exhaustion
Uses of lavender essential oil topically or aromatically will promote relaxation and restfulness, as well as grounding and balance.

Fever
Can be applied topically to assist the body in fighting infection and increase immune response.

Gangrene
Apply topically to the area of concern to help increase immune response and tissue health.

Gas/Flatulence
Can be taken internally as described above, or applied topically to the entire abdomen in a clockwise motion.

Giardia
Use pure lavender oil topically over the small intestines or take internally to fight parasites.

Grief
Apply topically or use aromatically to assist the grief process and provide a centering, grounding effect on the spirit.

Hair (Dry, Fragile, or Loss)
Use topically on your hair, either added in your shampoo, or add approx. 15-20 drops to 10 oz purified water or coconut oil for hair to soak follicles and scalp.

Hay Fever
Apply topically to the skin (chest or reflex points) to be absorbed into the body, calming the nervous system and increasing the immune response.

Herpes Simplex
Pure lavender oil and its antiviral properties may help outbreaks when used topically. Start small and increase as needed.

Hyperactivity
Diffuse in the air or apply topically to the chest or reflex points of the hands or feet for a calming, grounding effect.

Impetigo
Uses of lavender essential oil include applying topically to impetigo sites to fight infection, soothe skin irritation and aid in healing.

Inflammation
Use topically to soothe inflamed cells, fight infection and promote a faster immune response to healing.

Insomnia
Whether mild or severe, pure lavender oil increases relaxation response of the nervous system when used topically or aromatically. You can also place 1-2 drops on your pillow.

Itching
Whether from an allergic reaction, a big bite or an unknown cause, using lavender topically can help soothe skin.

Jet Lag
Used topically, it can assist in a grounding feeling and promote deep relaxation.

Mastitis
Dilute 4 drops of oil in 1 tsp of carrier oil and massage gently into breast tissue.

Menopause
Apply topically over the lower abdomen, chest and soles of feet, or diffuse aromatically to assist in balancing hormones.

Mental Stress
Diffuse in the air or apply to the reflex points of the feet (toes and beneath), the chest, and the top of the head.

Misc. When in doubt, try lavender!

Mood Swings
Diffuse pure lavender oil in the air or inhale directly for at least 30 seconds as needed.

Pain
Massage several drops into the areas of pain gently. Gentle massage also has the benefit of overriding pain signals to the brain.

Physical Stress
Whether physical exhaustion, overuse, strain or otherwise, gently massage several drops of lavender into the areas of concern.

Poison Ivy/Oak
Apply topically with or without a carrier oil as recommended for your skin, and as needed to decrease itching and prevent infection.

Rashes
Use topically as needed to help prevent infection, decrease itching, increasing soothing and relaxation, and assist the body’s healing response.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Massage into the areas of pain, as needed.

Ringworm
Apply pure lavender oil to the site several times a day until the ringworm clears.

Sedative
Can be used aromatically or topically as a natural sedative.

Seizures
Apply topically to the chest and reflex points on the bottom of feet to help calm the systems of the body.

Skin (Dry, Sensitive, Eczema, Psoriasis, etc)
For severe areas, apply 1 drop or pure lavender oil directly to the skin. Dilute as needed depending on severity and sensitivity.

Stress/Tension (General)
Diffuse in the air, inhale directly, or apply topically to the chest or reflex points of the feet.

Stretch Marks
May help prevent stretch marks, as well as decrease appearance of existing stretch marks. Massage into the skin as desired.

Sunburn
Combine 1-3 drops of pure lavender oil with each teaspoon of pure aloe vera and massage into the affected areas. (We usually see incredibly fast results from this combination and adding Helichrysum essential oil!)

Tachycardia
Use aromatically and apply to the reflex points of the feet and across chest each day or as desired.

Teeth Grinding
Uses of lavender essential oil include topically across jaw to relax the muscles and promote tension release.

Teething Pain
Apply 1-2 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the gums or outer jawline. You can also add a couple drops of lavender to a cup of water, wet a washcloth with the solution, freeze, and allow the little one to gnaw on the frozen cloth.

Thrush
Pure lavender oil can help fight the fungus that causes thrush when applied topically. Start with a 1:3 diluted ratio.

Ticks
Apply directly to the site frequently to fight infection, help prevent Lyme disease, and promote healing.

Ulcers (Legs or Varicose)
Apply topically to the site to prevent infection and promote healing.

Vertigo
Use lavender aromatically or topically to help ground and balance.

Worms
Apply pure lavender oil topically or take internally as indicated.

Wounds (General)
Apply several drops topically as indicated to prevent infections and increase healing.

Wrinkles
Massage gently into skin as indicated, avoiding contact with eyes. (You can use around eyes, but be careful not to get it IN the eye.)

Other possible uses of lavender essential oil include: Healing from abuse, hernia, post-labor, other sleep issues, withdrawal, aphrodisiac, acne, cramps, indigestion, lowering blood pressure, abscess, nausea, PMS, scarring, water retention, bruises, balance/centering/grounding, bronchitis, earaches, fainting or dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, hives, flu, laryngitis, mucus, respiratory function, sunstroke, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, whooping cough and cough in general (by gargling a few drops of pure lavender oil in purified water).

Basically, pure lavender oil is so universal in its properties and uses that when in doubt, choose lavender.