In this post I have included all there is to know about doTERRA lavender essential oil uses including DIY, food & diffuser recipes.
Lavender oil is one of the most popular doTERRA essential oils because of its light, powdery aroma, and its myriad of uses for everyday life. Taken from the highly aromatic lavender flower, lavender oil has been used for centuries for its distinct aroma and powerful benefits.
Whether you need to soothe the occasional skin irritation, ease feelings of tension, or promote restful sleep, lavender oil has many practical uses. As a naturally soothing and calming essential oil, you will find that lavender is a helpful oil to keep on hand.
Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension.
- Soothes occasional skin irritations
- Taken internally, Lavender reduces anxious feeling and promotes peaceful sleep*
- Helps ease feelings of tension.*
- Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
- Soothes occasional skin irritations
- Reduces appearance of skin imperfections
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet for a restful night’s sleep
- Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of Lavender combined with water in a spray bottle
- Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck
- Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts
15 Lavender Essential Oil Uses
- Take A Lavender Bath. Drop a bit of lavender along with Epsom salts to your bath water for an ultra relaxing experience.
- Head To Toe Rest After a hard work out or a long day on your feet, rub Lavender along with Lemongrass on your legs and feet. It will help soothe sore muscles and fully rest.
- Take The Acrid Out Of Vinegar. Add 4-5 drops of Lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for a more bearable scent.
- Quick Fix. Mix three parts Fractionated Coconut Oil with one part Lavender in a small spray bottle or roll on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing. Great for little ones
- Bring on the ZZZ’s. Rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.
- Enjoy A Fresh And Clean Mattress. Sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops of lavender over your mattress. Allow the mixture to sit for at least one hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up. You can combine with drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, or Rosemary as well.
- Ouch That’s Hot The next time someone doesn’t realize the iron or pan is still hot; apply Lavender oil to the affected area to soothe skin irritation, relieve redness and ease swelling.
- The Oatmeal Secret. Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of Lavender oil. When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub A little goes a long way.
- A Sleepy Time Trick. A few drops of Lavender placed on a pillow will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Flavor Twist. Lavender adds a unique and delicious flavor to marinades, custards, breads, cookies, icings, and even honey and syrup.
- Homemade Aftershave. Use after shaving to soothe and soften skin and to lessen the redness and burning caused by razor burn.
- Take The “Ouch” Out. One drop of Lavender will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and abrasions, or after too much sun.
- Clear The Mind. Apply Lavender to the temples and back of neck to lessen the effects of stress and anxiety and to promote mental clarity.
- Care For Your Baby Belly. Rub Lavender onto an itchy tummy while pregnant.
- Therapeutic Dish & Laundry Soap. If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add Lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits.
1. Chase Away Stagnant Closet Air. You know that smell. Fabrics of all variety, shoes for every occasion, plus a dirty clothes bin and no fresh air can only equal one thing…you need lavender. Whether diffused, drizzled on earthenware, or dripped on cotton balls, chase stagnancy away!
2. Take the Bite Out of It. Insects, creepies, and crawlies are not too fond of the smell of lavender. In fact, they hate it. If you forget to go the prevention route, lavender is soothing to the skin.
3. A Multi-Purpose Spray. Next time you are sitting in traffic, pull out a spray bottle filled with a lavender and water mixture and freshen your car. Who wouldn’t prefer a car smelling like lavender?
4. Kids Won’t Go Down? Lavender drops on their pillows … it’s like magic. It will help ease their mind, calm them down, make bedtime a bit more rewarding, and best of all … lull them into a restful sleep.
5. Skip the Aerosol Chemical Sprays. Next time you are cleaning the bathroom, think of lavender and water in a spray bottle .
6. Take the Acid Out of Vinegar. If you clean with vinegar, but can barely stay vertical while using it, lavender is the answer. Just add lavender and vinegar together in the spray bottle and you’re set!
7. Therapeutic Dish or Laundry Soap. If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits and cleaning properties. It transforms your cleaning experience!
8. Lovable Linens. What does your linen closet smell like? Probably cotton. Maybe old cotton. Energize your linens with lovely smelling lavender. It leaves no oil marks and leaves things invigoratingly fresh.
9. Lavender candles. Ahhh the long lost art of candle making. If you’ve ever made candles you know how fun it can be. When you add lavender, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic!
10. Wood Floors, Like New. A tired wood floor is, well … tired. Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Woods love oil. Just add lavender to your cleaning system and your floor can look like new!
11. Help That Trusty Ball Cap. A well-worn, much-loved ball cap can look great but smell like a wild animal. Add 4-5 drops of lavender to make it bearable. It will be your favorite hat if you have a head tension too!
12. Change Your Sheets, Refresh Your Mattress. Unfortunately, your mattress can be neglected, and have that “wires, foam and fabric” smell. Add lavender when you change your sheets and neglect no more!
13. Homemade Room Freshener. Put baking soda and 5-6 drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas (near a garbage can, dirty clothes), shake jar often. Smile.
14. Pet Smells No More. Add a skiff or two of your baking soda and lavender mixture to carpets and vacuum up! If you have pets, (especially the un-potty trained variety), fight back with lavender!
15. Extra Potpourri Mileage. If you have a pot of potpourri that has seen its day, try refreshing it with a few drops of lavender. You’ll love the way lavender can change the feel of your home!
16. Sweet Smelling Vacuum Bags. Your vacuum can be your nemesis when it comes to keeping your home smelling clean. As you well know, it can even blow microfine dirt! Pin some cotton balls (soaked in lemon and lavender oils) on the inside of the bag and let your vacuum blow!
Cooking & Food
Lavender is one of the most versatile and soothing of all essential oils. Because dōTERRA oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®, you can be assured that they make a delightful companion to many types of food! Think of the possibilities …
17. Soften Citrus Flavors. Use in delicate lemon sauces for chicken or fish or in powerful orange marmalades, citrus salads, real lemonade and more!
18. Amazing Marinades and BBQ. Baste chicken or fish on the grill with honey or a garlic and rosemary blend, spread over roasted vegetables, marinade chicken pieces in honey and lavender, yum!
19. Bake Like the Best. Lavender is a nice addition to lavender blueberry banana bread, lemon lavender cookies, baked salmon, lavender sugar cookies, lavender muffins, lavender cakes, oh yeah!
20. Give Your Sugars a Delightful Twist. Use as a substitute for vanilla extract (in creams, custards, and sugars), use it in lavender icing, add to honey for extra flavor in tea or toast, and even maple syrup!
Body & Mind
21. The Oatmeal Secret. Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil. When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.
22. Rub a Dub Dub. Rather than using regular soap and warm water at baby’s bath time, add about five drops of lavender oil to the warm water. Your tot’s skin will be pampered and smell great!
23. Soak Away Stress. Your muscles are tight. Feeling anxious and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve? Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.
24. Let Vapor Talk. Wet your hair in the shower. Add 4 drops of lavender to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You’ll love how it smells, and how your hair feels!
25. Target Blemishes at the Source. Lavender reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
26. Minor Burns, Major Relief. When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well!
27. Boo Boo Relief. Lavender is great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered.
28. Alleviate Occasional Ear Discomfort. You can warm lavender (don’t scald it), mix with olive oil and gently massage around the ears (not in the ears) and near glands in the throat.
29. A Dry Climate Answer. If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!
30. Horrific Heels & Foot Fatigue. If you’ve been wearing sandals all summer, and your heels look like the Atacama Desert, 6 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Your porous feet will thank you.
31. Neck & Wing Relief. When you have neck and scapula tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breath it in and massage those knots out!
32. A Hood of Wonder. Lavender may help to support healthy immune function and response during times of seasonal threats. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.
33. A Woodworker’s Friend. Do you work with wood or handle wood? Rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out.
34. Goodbye, Flo. Lavender can be particularly calming and support healthy moods during menstruation and menopause.
35. Fortify Your First Aid Kit. There are many dōTERRA products that would be tres glam additions to your First-Aid kit, but if you could only pick one, Lavender should be it. Why? Basic First-Aid kits are often geared toward soothing the skin and lavender is great for that, not to mention its calming properties!
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.
Uses and Benefits
Watch this video to learn more about the benefits and uses of Lavender essential oil:
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
- Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
- Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle .
- Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.*
- Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
- The soothing properties of Lavender have made it a popular option for skincare products, at-home skincare DIYs, and simple topical application. Do you struggle with obnoxious razor bumps after shaving? Well, shaving might be essential, but irritating razor bumps are not. Provide relief to your skin with this Razor Relief Serum enhanced with Lavender essential oil and avoid the irritation that often comes post-shave. You can also cleanse and nourish your skin by making your own Lavender essential oil clay mask at home. Great for all skin types!
- Do you have a pot of potpourri that has seen its day? Don’t throw it out! You can utilize the amazing aroma of Lavender by adding a few drops to a potpourri mixture that could use a little revitalization.
- Are your hands constantly plagued with dry skin and unhealthy looking cuticles? Making a homemade cuticle cream with Lavender is a great way to bring the moisture and healthy look back into your nails. You can also use this cream on your hands, lips, or anywhere you have dry spots. Check out our DIY for homemade cuticle cream, featuring the wonderful soothing abilities of Lavender.
- One aromatic benefit that Lavender oil is widely known for is its ability to promote a relaxing atmosphere that leads to a restful night’s sleep. The calming properties of the oil help create a serene environment that is optimal for resting well and staying asleep. Wondering how you can use Lavender aromatically to aid in relaxation for a better night’s sleep? Add a few drops of Lavender to your pillows or bedding so that you inhale the aroma as you are drifting off to sleep. You can also apply Lavender oil to the bottoms of your feet as a part of a relaxing bedtime ritual.
- Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritated skin. Thankfully, Lavender oil holds many soothing properties that are perfect for calming occasional skin irritations. If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun and find your skin irritated, reach for a bottle of Lavender. The next time you are dealing with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with Lavender.
- In addition to its calming aromatic properties, Lavender can also help ease feelings of tension when used internally.* While internal use of Lavender is often used to promote restful sleep, it can also promote relaxation and feelings of ease during your waking hours.* Whether you diffuse Lavender oil or take it internally, this oil can be used at the end of a long, taxing day. Its light, floral scent will make you feel at ease and peaceful emotionally. It can also help you relax and drift into a peaceful sleep when taken internally.*
- Whether you have kids, pets, or just a lot going on in your home, unwanted odors can sneak into nearly any room. Thankfully, the fresh, powdery, floral aroma of Lavender can get rid of musky, pungent smells that might be haunting your home. Combine Lavender oil with water in a spray bottle to create an instant solution for the unwanted smells that might be plaguing your home or belongings. Spray a light mist from your Lavender spray bottle into your car, linen closet, on your mattress, or any other areas that could use some freshening up.
- Yes, Lavender is revered for its calming, soothing, and relaxing properties, but it is also widely used in cooking for its taste and fragrance. You can use Lavender oil when cooking to soften citrus flavors in lemon sauces for chicken or fish, marmalades, citrus salads, and more. Lavender oil will also add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts. Take a look at this recipe for a Lavender Blueberry Milkshake, and see just how delicious Lavender oil can be.
- The ancient Romans and Egyptians often used Lavender oil aromatically for relaxation purposes, and you can too. All your worries will slip away as you sink into a relaxing Lavender oil bath. Add a few drops of Lavender to your bath water or bath soap to reap the benefits of this tranquil, light aroma. You can also apply Lavender to your temples and back of the neck to enjoy its relaxing aroma and help melt away feelings of stress or tension. Whether applied topically or added to a luxurious bath, Lavender oil is the perfect solution for when you want to unwind at the end of a long day.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Fun Fact: It takes 35 pounds of Lavender flowers to produce just one 15mL bottle of Lavender.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
* Statements with asterisks refer to internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use.
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