66+ Uses for Pure Lavender Oil

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

Pure lavender oil 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.

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

Truly pure oil will have a sweet floral smell first, with only a slight woody, herbaceous undertone. Other than the numerous physical effects it has (below) it promotes well-being, peace, compassion, grounding and centering and spiritual consciousness.

Lavender 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 this oil 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 actually make you sick. In fact, only about 50% of it needs to be actual essential oils to be called "pure"!

A LOT goes into creating a therapeutic grade 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 how to find safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Traditionally, pure lavender oil uses these application guidelines. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted or click the banner for more inspiration:

How to use essential oils!

aromatic applicationAromatically - Can be diffused or inhaled directly.
topical applicationTopically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with 1 drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier and increase the EO as needed.
internal applicationInternally - NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MOST BRANDS. High quality brands may be "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children).
topical applicationNEAT - Can usually apply the oil without dilution, directly to the skin. However, it's always a good idea to test your own skin first, as sensitive skin types may react.

Click this link or the banner above for more application guidance.


None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses of Lavender Essential Oil

The following are uses described in a book I highly recommend, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, as well as from personal 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. 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 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 (with or without a carrier oil, depending on skin sensitivity) to soothe tenderness, swelling, engorgement, etc.

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

Bug Repellant
Apply topically to the body help repel gnats, mosquitos and midges.

Pure lavender oil has long been used for healing 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.

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

Apply topically (with or without a carrier oil, depending on your skin sensitivity) directly over the site. Also use aromatically to promote well-being.

Chicken Pox
Used topically over the pox 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.

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.

Depression (including Postpartum)
Apply topically, diffuse in the air (or inhale directly), or take internally as described above.

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
I recommend testing for sensitivity first on a less tender area of the body. Dilute 10 drops of lavender oil to 1 TB carrier oil. More or less can be tested carefully.

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.

Uses of lavender essential oil topically 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 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 heal outbreaks when used topically.

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 sever, 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 the nervous system.

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), to 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 type, and as needed while healing to decrease itching and prevent infection.

Use topically as needed to 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 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!)

Use aromatically and apply to the reflex points of the feet and across chest to promote heartbeat regularity.

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. 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.

Apply directly to the site to fight infection, 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 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 this oil, also consider trying Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Wild Orange, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, or check out other essential oils here.


None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

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