If you only ever use one essential oil, lavender oil should be the one. Lavandula angustifolia, or lavender, is the most versatile essential oil available. It is most commonly known for its relaxing effects on your body, making therapeutic grade lavender very highly regarded for the skin. It can be used to cleanse bruises, cuts, and irritations to the skin. The fragrance is relaxing, calming and balancing, both emotionally and physically. When you carry a bottle of lavender oil around with you, it is like having a personal perfume, first-aid kit and pick-me-up.

Lavender Oil Uses


Sleep Aid

Use the cupping and inhalation method, and rub a drop of lavender oil on your palms and smooth over your pillow to help sleep.



Rub 2 to 3 drops of the oil in your cupped palms. Then use the inhalation method to draw the scent into your brain and calm the mind. Rub on temples, feet, wrists or elsewhere for immediate calming effect.


Insect Bite/Bee Sting

Put a drop of lavender oil right on an insect bite or bee sting to reduce swelling and stop itching.



Lavender oil uses include dropping some oil on a cut to clean the wound, stop bleeding and kill any bacteria.


Minor Burn

Use 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil on a minor burn to help with pain. It can help to keep swelling, redness and pain away.



Mix together several drops of the oil with a vegetable or nut oil like sesame or coconut. Then use topically on your dermatitis or eczema.



Use a drop of oil on a tissue and wrap it around a chip of ice. Push this tissue covered ice under the middle of your top lip to the base of the nose. Hold it here as long as you can or until the bleeding has stopped.


Motion Sickness or Nausea

To help relieve the symptoms of motion sickness, put a drop of the lavender oil on the end of your tongue, around your navel or behind your ears.


Hay Fever

Rub a drop of the oil in between your palms and deeply inhale to help relieve the symptoms of your hay fever.


Chapped or Dry Skin

Lavender oil can work as a moisturizer, bactericide and a relief from itching, pain and dryness from the cold, dry winter conditions. Lavender oil uses also include simply rubbing it on chapped or dry skin. You can use a few drops as needed and rub them into your chapped areas.


Sunburned or Chapped Lips

Rub a drop of the lavender oil on your sunburned or chapped lips to relieve the symptoms.



Take several drops of lavender oil and rub them into your scalp to help stop dandruff. Then rinse it with water.



Rub a few drops of oil into the affected area, and within a few days the ringworm should clear up completely. This is one of the surprising lavender oil uses.


Cold Sores

Lavender oil uses are simple such as putting a drop directly on a cold sore.



Since acne is many times caused by bacteria and skin oils, lavender’s antiseptic properties can be quite effective in managing acne. Test on a small area first since it could be a bit irritating for very sensitive skin.


Skin Irritation

Lavender oil is great for healing and soothing minor skin irritations. If the skin isn’t raw or broken, the oil can be used to relieve your irritation.



Drops of lavender oil can be diluted in water and sprayed over sunburn to give relief and help in healing several times a day, a very beneficial one of many lavender oil uses.


Bruised Areas

Gently rub a few drops of lavender oil around the sore and bruised area to help promote blood flow, relief and healing for the pain and tenderness.


Tension and Headaches

Rub a few drops on your temples and/or the back of your neck to bring relief and lower headaches which were caused by tension.


Lavender poisoning is possible if you intentionally or accidentally swallow lavender oil. If you or somebody you know swallows the lavender oil, seek medical help immediately.

  • It is a good idea to use lavender oil topically by applying it right to the skin or within a carrier oil.
  • You can first test one drop to one teaspoon of lavender oil on your skin if you tend to have sensitive skin.
  • There is not enough information on using lavender oil while pregnant or during breast-feeding. Therefore, you should stop use lavender oil during these times to stay safe. And stop use of lavender oil 2 weeks or more before a surgery which is scheduled.

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