Lavender is a very popular essential oil loved for its calming refreshing fragrance. Lavender have been used for centuries as a therapeutic agent and been widely used as an antibacterial.
The oil has sedative, carminative, anti-depressive and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to its recognized antimicrobial effects. Additionally, Lavender can add a clean and fresh scent to any room too. It is also a relaxing addition to body care products and baths.
Also check: Ultimate guide to essential oils
Uses Of Lavender Essential Oil
1. Calming mind
Apply to neck and forehead with Lavender to relieve tension and pressure. You can also create your own relaxing retreat by diffusing this oil . Not only is its aroma soothing, but it also keeps the space with a fresh, clean smell that eliminates odors.
2. Bath oil
Rather than using regular soap and first warm water at baby’s bath time and then add about five drops of lavender oil to the warm water. Your tot’s skin will be pampered and also smells great. It can calm and refresh the body too.
3. Preventing and soothing insect bites
Insects and crawlies hate the smell of lavender. Not only does it prevent, this oil also soothe bites, itching and inflammation too.
4. Horrific Heels and Foot Fatigue
During summer, if your heels look like the Sahara Desert, 6 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Then your porous feet will thank you.
5. Neck Relief
If you have neck and scapula tension, then apply lavender with fraction-ed coconut oil, breathe it in and massage those knots.
6. Major relief to minor burns
When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring.
7. Cuts Relief
Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s helps for immediate relief from cuts, especially if the cut is located in a place where it cant be covered or exposed easily.
8. Alleviate Feelings of Ear aches
Warm the the oil, mix with olive oil and gently massage around the ears (not in the ears) and near glands in the throat. This greatly help in relieving ear aches.
9. Curing cold
When you catch a cold or the flu, try the lavender steam hood. Add few drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel or cloth over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.
10. Allergies, Sinuses & Congestion
Lavender can calm down unruly sinus issues, defiant allergies and other respiratory issues. In such instance, just apply on the back of your neck, chest, forehead and nose.
11. D.I.Y Aftershave
Use lavender oil after shaving to soothe, soften skin and to lessen the redness and burning caused by razor burn.
12. Care for Your Baby Belly
Rub Lavender essential oil onto an itchy tummy during pregnancy.
13. Treating sore muscles
After a hard work out or a long day on your feet, rub Lavender on legs and feet. It will help soothe sore muscles and fully rest.
14. Curing acne
Bacteria thrive in sebaceous glands that over produce sebum. The waxy stuff can be associated with acne. It is necessary to treat acne at source. Hence, this oil is used to balance sebum and control break outs.
15. A Quick Fix
Mix three parts fraction-ed 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!
16. Taking the “Ouch” Out
One drop of the oil will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and also abrasions.
17. Treats burns
The next time someone doesn’t realize the iron or pan is still hot; then apply Lavender oil to the affected area to soothe skin irritation, relieve redness and ease swelling.
18. D.I.Y moisturizer for dry skin
If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, first add lavender to fraction-ed amount of coconut oil and the comfort is yours.
19. Adding lavender oil to personal care
Add a few drops to your shampoos, lotions, or skin care products to give your hair and skin extra radiance and for a beautiful smell that lasts all day!
20. D.I.Y Scrub
Fill a jar with oatmeal and add few drops of the essential oil. It becomes an excellent natural scrub and a little goes a long way.
21. Lavender vapor
First, wet your hair in the shower and then add 4 drops of the oil to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Then, tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You will love the smell too and how your hair feels!
22. Adding fragrance to soap
If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add Lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits. It transforms your cleaning experience.
23. Car freshener
Next time when you are sitting in traffic, spray bottle filled with a lavender and water mixture. It gives instant freshness to car.
24. Adding lavender drops on pillows
A few drops of the oil on a pillow will help a restless person fall asleep and stay asleep.
25. Room deodorizer
Instead of Aerosol chemical sprays, use the oil and water in a spray bottle. Lavender’s antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic properties help as room freshener and deodorizer. And added advantage it is natural and has no harm.
26. D.I.Y Cleaning product
Add lavender oil and vinegar together in a bottle and you’re set! It cleans amazing and also smells amazing. It is natural, biodegradable and environment friendly.
27. Lavender candles
Melt wax chips well. Add a few drops of the oil or coloring if desired. And pour the mixture in a glass bottle with a wick and let it dry. When lit, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic too!
28. Getting rid of stagnant closet air
Fabrics of all variety, shoes for every occasion, plus a dirty clothes bin and no fresh air can lead to stagnant smell. Add lavender essential oil diffused, drizzled on earthen ware, or dripped on cotton to chase stagnancy away.
29. Sweet Smelling Vacuum Bags
Vacuum helps in keeping your home smelling clean. Take cotton balls and immerse it in a mixture of lemon and lavender. Place these cotton inside of the vacuum bag. It not just removes all the dirt but leaves a pleasant smell behind.
30. Adding lavender oil for woods
Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Since woods love oil, just add lavender to your cleaning system and also helps the floor can look like new.
31. Change Sheets, Refresh Mattress
The mattress cannot be neglected. Sometimes it tends to have a “wires, foam and fabric” smell. Take a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and then add few drops of lavender essential oil over the mattress to get rid of the smell.
32. D.I.Y Room Freshener
Put baking soda and few drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas, shake jar often. Smile.
33. Saving Ball cap/Hats from smelling like a wild animal
A well-worn, much loved ball cap can look great but sometimes it gets a weird and bad smell. Add 4-5 drops of the oil to make it bearable and helps a headache too!
34. Pet Smells No More
Add a skiff or two of your baking soda and the essential oil mixture to carpets and vacuum up. If you have pets, fight back the smell with lavender.
35. Extra Mileage
If you have a potpourri or any other smelling ornaments in your home, try refreshing it with a few drops of the essential oil. This way lavender can add a boost to the feel of home.