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66+ Uses and Benefits for Pure Lavender Oil

66+ Uses and Benefits for Lavender Essential Oil (from anxiety to wrinkles), from SustainableBabySteps.com

Pure lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It's among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties and uses of lavender essential oil. In fact, it's so popular and has so many potential uses, they say "when in doubt, try lavender". Its aroma should be sweet and floral (although cheaper brands are often very "twiggy" -for lack of a better word - due to poor harvest and distillation practices).

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of lavender oil include:

  • Analgesic
  • Anticoagulant
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Antidepressant
  • Antifungal
  • Antihistamine
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antimutagenic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antitoxic
  • Antitumor
  • Cardiotonic
  • Regenerative
  • Sedative

It's popular for use in supporting the cardiovascular system, nervous system, emotions, and skin. It's widely known to help burns of any kind (even sunburns). The first known use or mention of lavender for burns came from René-Maurice Gattefossé, a chemist who applied lavender to a chemical burn with impressive results. Other than the numerous physical benefits it has (below) it promotes well-being, peace, compassion, grounding and centering, and spiritual consciousness.

Emotionally, lavender essential oil is said to be the oil of honest communication and expression. It calms a racing mind, allowing a person to settle into their heart and speak with gentleness and kindness. It also eases anxiety or fear, including fears of rejection, and allows a person to feel present, calm, and engaged in healthy ways. It increases a sense of security and peace, and in this way helps to build trust in one's self and others.


The information provided here on the properties and uses of essential oils do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants.

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn what to look for in safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Traditionally, pure lavender oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

How to use essential oils!
Adults Children/Sensitive Pregnancy

Precautions: Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Click this link for more application guidance and precautions.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses of Lavender Essential Oil

The following are potential uses found in or on Modern Essentials, Aromatic Science, PubMed.gov, as well as through anecdotal experience and other resources. Use them 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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

Apply lavender topically to aid in healing and prevent infection.

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.

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.

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!)

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Can be used aromatically or topically as a natural sedative.

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.

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!)

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.

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

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.

Use lavender aromatically or topically to help ground and balance.

Apply pure lavender oil topically or take internally as indicated.

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

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.

In addition to lavender, also consider trying Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Wild Orange, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, or check out other essential oils here.

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