To say I love lavender is an understatement. I can’t resist lavender, whether it’s in dish soap or hand lotion. And lavender is one of the most essential of essential oils. If I had to pick just one essential oil, lavender would probably make the cut for its many health and beauty uses – everything from healing burns to helping you fall asleep faster. Here are 19 of our favorite uses for lavender.
2. Soothe sore muscles
After a hard workout or a long day on your feet, rub lavender along with lemongrass on your legs and feet. It will help ease achy muscles.
3. Cleaning solution
Add 4-5 drops of Lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for its natural antibacterial properties – and for a more bearable scent.
4. Quick Skin Fix
Mix three parts fractionated coconut oil with one part lavender essential oil in a small spray bottle or roll on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing. Great for little ones!
5. Bring on the ZZZ’s
Rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep. You can also fight insomnia with this fall asleep face mask.
Sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops of lavender essential oil over your mattress. Allow the mixture to sit for at least one hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up. You can combine with drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, or Rosemary as well.
7. Relieve burns
The next time someone doesn’t realize the iron or pan is still hot, apply lavender oil to the affected area to soothe skin irritation, relieve redness and ease swelling.
8. Homemade face wash
Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil. When it’s time to wash your face, add water, and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.
9. A Sleepy Time Trick
The lavender in this simple pillow spray will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.
10. Flavor Twist
11. Shave saver
Use after shaving to soothe and soften skin and to lessen the redness and burning caused by razor burn.
12. Take the “Ouch” Out
One drop of lavender will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and abrasions, or after too much sun. Try this homemade antiseptic spray or combine with calendula for a healing salve.
13. Clear The Mind
Apply lavender to the temples and back of the neck – or even to your Kleenex – to lessen the effects of stress and anxiety and to promote mental clarity.
14. Care For Your Baby Belly
Rub lavender essential oil onto an itchy tummy while pregnant. Also great for protecting against stretch marks.
15. Therapeutic Dish Soap
If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits. It transforms your cleaning experience!
16. Freshen Your Laundry
17. Soothe Your Soles
Get relief for sore, cracked heels with a lavender heel balm. While your feet soak up moisture, the lavender provides antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits.
18. Instant Air Freshener
One of the easiest ways to get your lavender oil fix is to combine essential oil and water for an instant room mist.
19. Nix Dandruff
Massage several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to get rid of annoying flakes.