33 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender immediately brings images Provence to mind, with its picturesque scented fields of purple that run throughout the south of France.  Why not bring a little Provence into your home?Uses for Lavender Oil

Perhaps you even picked up a bottle of the essential oil of lavender, or its close cousin the essential oil of Lavandin, (ref Lavender vs Lavandin) during your travels but you are not sure how to use it?

Transport yourself back !  You might even be able to trick yourself for a moment into thinking that intoxicating lavender scent is of real lavender fields, with acacias chirping and the warm sun on your face. Much cheaper than a plane ticket!!!

Lavender Essential Oil UsesThe Many Uses of Lavender Essential Oil

There are many uses for lavender essential oil, here are a few of my favorites…

  Household Uses for Lavender Oil

  1. Diffuse oil to neutralize tobacco and kitchen odors, use in your car as an air freshener, or add drops to a tea light candle
  2. Detract pets from soiling the area of your choice (like that corner in the living room!)
  3. Scent your drawers, closets, potpourri for a dash of Provence every time you open them
  4. Add a drop or two to water before cleaning floors or bathroom (way better than Pine-Sol)
  5. Add a few drops to the washing machine rinse cycle for sweet-smelling clothes
  6. Mix up an all-purpose all natural cleaner

    Beauty Uses for Lavender OilLavender Essential Oil Uses

  7. Mix a few drops of Lavender Oil with Sea Salt and coconut oil for an easy and effective facial scrub
  8. Homemade Lavender Coconut Oil Salt Scrub
  9. Homemade Lavender Lip Balm
  10. Coconut Oil and Lavender Moisturizer will beat winter dryness
  11. Make your own Lavender perfume
  12. Lavender Hair spray is great to keep the bounce in your curls and helps balance natural scalp oils.  It also makes your hair smell simply fabulous.
  13. Regular massage with lavender oil is said to reduce hair loss and make the hair soft and shiny.
  14. Lavender oil is also a good treatment for dry, flaky scalp. It soothes and nourishes the scalp, providing relief from dry itchy scalp conditions. Soak 1/4 cup oatmeal in 1/2 cup warm water for twenty minutes, then add 5 drops Rosemary ct. Camphor oil + 7 drops Lavender oil and applying mixture to scalp for one hour.  Rinse in warm water.

    Relaxation Uses for Lavender Oil

  15. A teaspoonful mixed into a squirt of soap in the bath increases relaxation
  16. Rub a couple of drops under your nostrils and inhale to calm the nerves
  17. Added to almond or olive oil for a great massage oil
  18. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow before going to sleep (no staining as the lavender oil completely evaporates)

    Food Uses for Lavender Oil (Only use food grade Lavandula angustifolia*)

  19. Flavor sparkling water with a drop or two of Lavender Oil and a squirt of lemon juice (http://ohsodelicioso.com/sparkling-lavender-lemonade/).  Add some half and half and you have an Italian Soda!Lavender Essential Oil Uses
  20. A Lavender Vanilla Syrup will spice up your cocktails with just four drops.  My very favorite is a gin cocktail called Lavender Bee’s Knees .  Do bees have knees???
  21. Make a Lavender Syrup to spice up your lattes (yummy whether hot or cold, coffee or tea) with two drops Lavender oil to 1 cup sugar or honey simple syrup – A dash of vanilla turns it into a London Fog Latte.
  22. Try making Lemon Lavender Cupcakes from scratch or cheat with a lemon pound cake mix and three drops of lavender oil along with 1T dried food grade buds for pound cake.
  23. How about Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies instead?  Tasty!
  24. Perfect for summer is the delicious Lavender Honey Ice Cream, just replace the dried lavender with 2-4 drops of Lavender Oil.

* Just be very careful about the amount of essential oils that you are ingesting, one drop of essential oil can be the equivalent to drinking 75 cups of tea of the same herb.  If you are worried, just make a lavender infusion instead)

Medicinal Uses for Lavender Oil (Only use Lavandula angustifolia*)

Lavender Essential Oil Uses(Make sure of course to consult with your doctor first before trying any of these remedies – safety first!)

  1. Dab a drop of lavender oil on your neck or temples any time that you are tense
  2. Use on small cuts and abrasions as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic properties
  3. Apply to light burns to help heal the area faster
  4. A few drops mixed into coconut oil can help eczema and dermatitis
  5. Add a drop to a teaspoon of honey or in hot tea as a sore throat remedy
  6. Rub a few drops onto sore areas to calm muscular pain
  7. 20 drops added to a light body cream deters mosquitos.  A few drops on the neck of your pets (or children) can deter mosquitos, fleas and tics
  8. Soothe bug bites, particularly those pesky mosquitos
  9. Massage into hair a mixture of 10 drops to 1 cup carriers oil (olive, coconut or jojoba oil) and let soak for 2 hours to kill lice, repeating after 7 days to kill hatchlings

Uses for Lavender OilLAVANDIN

Lavandin (Lavandula × intermedia or Latifolia) is a hybrid and contains higher levels of camphor, and as such are not suitable for food and medicinal uses.  They are however half the price and still smell wonderful, so depending on your desired use they may be the perfect choice.  I recently met this producer of LAVANDIN at the farmers market in Sénas

Gérard Claret / Lavandin Producer
Rue du Calvaire, 30760 Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas
+33 4 66 82 17 78 / lavandeproduct@live.fr 
(International orders welcome)

The lavender Fields of ProvenceLAVENDER

Or get the real deal (not the hybrid)…  The more expensive “LAVANDE FINE” (Common Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia* or L. officinalis) comes in a food grade quality  and offers many more uses than the hybrid Lavandin.  GGG BONUS: Get 25% off using Girl Gone Gallic’s discount code: CLUBMUSEE2015. And no, I don’t get a kickback from them…  I just like and use their essential oil product.  They also offer other lavender based products, but those aren’t worth going out of your way.

Le Château du Bois / Lavander Producer (and museum) in Coustellet
276 Route de Gordes, Coustellet 84220

When used in food, a little goes a long way…  Too much and your food will taste like lavender hand lotion.  The lavender producer in Coustellet also has a small museum that is worth a peak if you are in the area.

Still confused about which variety to select ?  Check out my blog post “Lavender vs Lavandin – What is the difference ?

As you can see there are a great many uses for lavender oil, but my very favorite is still to just sprinkle a few drops on my pillow before I go to sleep soothing away all the stresses of the day.  Sweet dreams…

Happy (scented) Travels,
-Girl Gone Gallic

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  12 comments for “33 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

  1. March 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    That is a great idea as well! I’m going to update my article with these awesome suggestions – thanks Phoebe!

  2. March 12, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Yum! That sounds quite delicious…. I’m going to have to try that – research you know…

  3. March 8, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Oooooh so many lovely uses for all that lavender! I put a few drops in distilled water for an ironing spray to make the bed sheets in the gite smell good (I don’t iron our own sheets!!!) Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance again

  4. March 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I always have to have a bottle of lavender oil to hand – it has so many uses, but by far my favourite is on the pillows to aid a good night’s sleep. I must admit though that I am particularly partial to a lavender infused crème brulee !

  5. March 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I love this! I have the oil and always want to use it on everything. Thanks so much for sharing this list with the #AllAboutFrance group. I’m going to read up on your other lavender posts! Merci!

  6. March 4, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Glad you found it interesting! Make that “34 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil”! I also like making flower bud infusions for my tea lattés > just add a teaspoon of culinary lavender to your loose tea per cup of tea.

  7. March 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    #AllAboutFrance sent me your way. 🙂 Super helpful post because lavender is probably my all-time favorite aroma. I’ll definitely try that latte. I can add one more to your list: A few drops in the commode will make your bathroom smell wonderful (at least until you flush).

  8. March 3, 2016 at 10:59 am

    LOL! Neither did I until I cam across one up in Seattle Washington. Very tasty! But I have a real thing for Lavendar Lattés – can’t live without them anymore 🙂

  9. March 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I can’t fall asleep anymore without a drop or two on my pillowcase… so nice!

  10. March 3, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Love the stuff! Always been a fan. Always prefer to use natural products and lavender has so many health and body uses. Great post. Saying bonjour from the Limousin via #AllAboutFrance

  11. March 3, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Now that is a comprehensive lavender list! Thanks for sharing. And I had no idea that Bee’s Knees was a cocktail!

  12. February 9, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Thank you for the great ideas for using lavender oil. It seems to have lots of uses and maybe the best part is that the scent will waft your mind back to those purple fields of Provence.

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