Lavender oil is arguably the most popular and widely used essential oil, and for good reason! It has many beneficial properties, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, soothing and healing qualities, and a lovely floral scent that can actually help you feel calmer. In fact, I would argue that if you’re only going to have one essential oil at home, it should be lavender oil, hands down! :-)
I could probably list a hundred uses for lavender oil, but I thought it might be more useful to share a more curated list of uses. (I don’t know about you, but I tend to get overwhelmed when I’m given that much information at once!) So today I’ll be sharing 20 of the most practical things you can do with lavender oil–a “best of the best” list, so to speak. :-) I hope this list gives you a better idea of just how useful that little bottle of lavender oil can be!
For a printable version of this list, and to learn about ways to use my other favorite oils, visit the link below.
20 Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil
1. Deodorize Pet Stains
Sometimes pet stains still smell even after the stain is gone. You can deodorize the spot with a mixture of a handful of baking soda and a few drops of lavender oil. Just sprinkle the mixture onto the smelly spot, let it sit for a half hour or so, then vacuum it up!
2. Scented Dryer Cloth
Place a few drops on a cloth and toss it in the dryer with your just-washed clothes. The lavender oil on the cloth will naturally deodorize and leave behind a fresh scent!
3. Restful Sleep
Place a drop or two of lavender oil on pillows to lull restless children (and adults!) into a restful sleep.
4. Treat Insect Bites
Put a drop of lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching and reduce swelling.
5. Linen Spray
Lavender oil is one of the main ingredients in my super simple fabric refreshing spray. Spray down your musty linens, and they’ll smell wonderfully fresh and clean! Get the full recipe and instructions for my fabric refreshing spray at the link below.
6. Ironing Aid
Apply 1-2 drops of lavender oil to the water in your iron to infuse freshness back into your clothes.
7. Steam Treatment For Cold & Flu
Add 4-6 drops of lavender oil to a bowl or jar of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor deeply for several minutes. This process helps to clear out congestion and open up your airways. Get more details at the link below.
8. Headache Relief
Rub a drop of lavender oil on your temples to help alleviate a headache.
9. Natural Deodorant
Rub 2 drops of lavender essential oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant. You can also use lavender oil to make my easy homemade spray deodorant, which you can learn all about at the link below!
10. Sunburn Relief
Add 10 drops of lavender oil to 3 ounces of cool, distilled water. Pour into a small spray bottle and spray on sunburned areas for instant cooling relief!
11. Mattress Refresher
Put a few drops of lavender oil on your mattress when you change your sheets and inhale the sweet, fresh smell. Or you can combine lavender oil and baking soda to make an easy deodorizing powder for your mattress. (Find out more at the link below.)
12. Remove Splinters
Add a few drops of lavender oil to the affected area. Let the splinter swell for a minute or too, then wait for it to slip out (or carefully remove it with a clean set of tweezers).
13. Soothing Soak
Add Epsom salt & a few drops of lavender oil to a hot bath, then soak for at least 20 minutes. You can almost feel the soreness, tension, and stress just melting away! :-)
14. Closet Helper
Place a few drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball and place it wherever you store linens or clothing. It will help repel moths and insects, while also making your stuff smell nice. :-)
15. Vacuum Helper
Place a couple of cotton balls soaked in lemon and lavender oil inside of your vacuum bag or dust cup. Then as you vacuum, you’ll leave behind a fresh, clean scent!
16. Allergy Relief
Lavender can help you get relief from allergy symptoms like stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and puffy skin. Apply a drop or two of lavender oil to the back of your neck, on your chest, and between your eyes.
17. Minimize Scarring
Minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging a small amount of lavender oil on or around the affected area. (photo from scar salve)
18. Smooth & Scented Skin
Rather than using plain old soap and water at bath time, add a few drops of lavender oil to your normal washing routine. Your skin will feel and smell wonderful.
19. First-Aid Addition
The supplies in a standard first-aid kits are usually geared toward minor scrapes, rashes, and cuts. Since lavender can be helpful for all of them, a small bottle of lavender oil makes the perfect natural addition to your home first-aid kit!
20. Treat Cold Sores
Mix 1 drop of lavender essential oil into 10-15 drops of fractionated coconut oil. Apply the diluted oil mixture directly to the cold sore to help soothe and treat.