I must admit, I’m not a big fan of the pharmaceutical industry. I tend to lean more toward natural and holistic remedies whereas City Spouse calls a doctor. Essential oils are a staple of my arsenal- from helping me to sleep to warding off the common cold.
Lavender is by far the most versatile of all essential oils, and possibly the easiest to get started using. It is wonderful for the skin and has been clinically tested to prove that it has calming effects. The fragrance is calming, relaxing, and balancing- both physically and emotionally.
Here are 20 more ways to use that bottle of lavender oil in your stash.
Rub lavender on your feet to achieve a calming effect on your entire body.
Rub a drop of lavender in your hands and then gently smooth into your pillow to help you fall (and stay) asleep.
Bee Stings & Insect Bites
Put a drop of lavender on a sting or bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
Put 2-3 drops of lavender on a burn to ease the pain once the burn has cooled.
Drop lavender on cuts to stop bleeding, cleanse the wound and to kill bacteria that may cause infection.
Eczema & Dermatitis
Mix several drops of lavender with a carrier oil and use topically on the affected areas.
To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of lavender on the end of the tongue, behind the ears, or around the navel.
To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender on a tissue and wrap it around a small piece of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold for a long as comfortable or until the bleeding subsides.
Rub a drop of lavender over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts.
Dry or Chapped Skin & Lips
Rub a drop of lavender on dry or chapped skin or lips to soothe and help heal.
To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage lavender on and around the affected areas.
Rub 2-4 drops of lavender over armpit area to act as a natural and non-toxic deodorant.
Allergies & Hay Fever
Rub a drop of lavender between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever. Swipe a touch of lavender on the upper lip right under the nose. Diffuse lavender in your home to help with symptoms.
Rub several drops of lavender into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
Moths & Insects
Place a few drops of lavender on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent linens and repel moths and other insects.
Drop a little lavender in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
Place a few drops of lavender on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer to freshen and deodorize laundry.
Put a drop of lavender on a cold sore throughout the day to kill bacteria and promote healing.
Spritz several drops of lavender mixed with water on a sunburn (after it has cooled) to decrease the burn pain.
Apply 2-3 drops of lavender to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.
I have also found that by adding lavender to a roller ball bottle and swiping across the soles of my feet each night it helps not only with my (awful) habit of grinding my teeth, but stops me from clenching my jaw at night and waking up with a stiff neck and jaw- which causes a headache more times than not. I can definitely tell the difference when I go to sleep without applying lavender oil.
Do you have any other uses for lavender oil that I haven’t mentioned? I would love to hear how you use this awesome oil in your home!