The calming, floral scent of lavender essential oil is recognized and loved by many, but that is not all that sets it apart from all other essential oils. It may be the most versatile of all oils as it has countless applications. Though science has only begun to evaluate the health benefits of this essential oil, many studies have already come to conclusions about its numerous benefits. Due to its countless applications and uses, I highly recommend the use of lavender oil, especially if you are new to the essential oil world. Here are 12 common uses of lavender oil:

1. Natural Perfume

Centuries ago, The Egyptians and Romans used lavender as perfume. The wonderful scent has remained relevant even today and still works well as a long-lasting fragrance. Though many sources explain that lavender essential oil can be directly applied to the skin, excessive application can cause sensitivity. It is safe to dilute lavender oil before placing on your wrists or behind your ears to smell like the relaxing scent of lavender all day. See our diluting guide for more information about proper dilution. 

2. Bug Repellent

The smell of lavender oil can be potent to bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Simply drop some diluted lavender onto your arms and legs to keep bugs away during those fun outdoorsy days. Not only is this more natural than your typical insect repellents, it also smells much better! Lavender essential oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in the treatment of insect bites. {1}

3. Antioxidant Protection

Our bodies naturally produce free radicals, as well as antioxidant enzymes to combat their damaging effects. However, in most cases, free radicals tend to far outnumber the antioxidants produced. This is commonly due to poor diet and high exposure to toxins. In order for our bodies to maintain the healthy balance between free radicals and antioxidants, we have to continually supply antioxidants from outside sources. Studies have shown that lavender oil can increase the activity of our body’s most powerful antioxidant enzymes. {2}

4. Sleep Promotion

Lavender oil is known for its ability to create a calming, stress-free atmosphere that can lead to a great night’s sleep. Simply add a few drops of lavender to your pillows or sheets so that you can inhale the relaxing aroma as you fall asleep. {3} 

5. Treats Common Skin Conditions

Lavender oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to ease the pain and inflammation caused by acne, canker sores, and some allergic reactions, such as eczema. Lavender oil is also said to reduce dark spots and other signs of aging. {4}

6. Headache and Menstrual Pain Relief

European Neurology published a study showing that lavender oil alleviated headaches in about 71% of subjects, whereas only 47% of placebo patients felt the same relief. This study shows that lavender oil is an effective natural remedy for headaches when Advil and Tylenol fail us. Simply inhale lavender oil for 15 minutes to experience the relief it provides. {5}

Many studies have also found that lavender oil works well as a natural pain killer. One recent study even found that lavender oil can relieve menstrual cramps when massaged into the lower abdomen. Once diluted, lavender oil can be applied topically to sites of pain as needed. {6}

Many people have successfully used lavender essential oil for a variety of its other benefits. Though many of of these incredible benefits have not yet been backed by scientific studies, lavender essential oil lovers also use the oil for the following benefits provided:

7. Relives Stress and Anxiety

Diffusing lavender oil throughout your home or office can promote feelings of peace and comfort while also making the atmosphere smell amazing. Placing a couple drops behind your ears is said to have the same calming effect.

8. Moisturizes Chapped Lips

Lavender oil can protect lips from damaging UV rays, while also providing the moisture needed to heal chapped or dry lips. Combine lavender oil and coconut oil and apply to lips. This combination also works well for sunburns on other areas of the body.

9. Kills Lice

When applied to the scalp, lavender oil is said to be a great natural home remedy for lice. Its antimicrobial properties make it an effective lice and lice egg killer.

10. Treats Dandruff

Rubbing several drops of lavender oil on your scalp can help alleviate dandruff. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo. This is a great option because it also leaves your hair smelling beautiful for the day. 

11. Relieves Joint Pain and Sore Muscles

Lavender oil can be massaged into sore muscles to relieve tension and pain. You can also combine lavender oil and Epsom salt before adding it to a bath to experience the soothing relief of the oil in a relaxing way.

12. Treats Minor Burns

Next time you burn yourself, simply place 2-3 drops of lavender oil on the burn. This will prevent redness and help alleviate the initial pain of the burn.

*The benefits of essential oils have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This blog and suggested products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We do not recommend using essential oils in place of doctor-recommended treatments.

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Kay Frazier · June 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm

What exactly is sweetoil? The bottle I purchased did not say what the oil derived from except Company name”Humco”.

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