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Essential Oil Of Lavender Uses

Updated on August 9, 2014

Lavender Uses In The Home And In History

The list of Lavender uses is long. I use lavender essential oil in the home nearly every day of the week for something or other. All sorts of minor ills and accidents are easily and naturally treated using lavender oil, and my home made household products work and smell all the better for including it in the recipe.

This is a home remedy plant that has been known for hundreds, and maybe thousands of years: so versatile because it treats burns, stings, wounds, stress, headaches and insomnia extremely effectively, as well as being a great antiseptic.

Science has finally caught up with traditional wisdom by studying essential oil of lavender uses. These studies show the remarkable qualities of Lavender from a scientific perspective, and for those who are interested, there is a technical information section at the end of this page.

Lavender oil is one of the most useful products that I have in my home. If you don't already use it, maybe try it out for yourself and see. If you do, just be sure to dilute it down before putting it on your skin, and don't rub your eyes with hands that have the oil on them as essential oils are strong. If you want to read more about the safe use of essential oils there is a section and link at the end of this page dedicated to just that.

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Essential Oil Of Lavender

Lavender oil is easy to use for all sorts of healing purposes.

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Lavender Flowers Grown For Lavender Oil Production

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Lavender must be one of the most easily recognised scents in the world. Its fragrance conjures up gardens, warm hillsides, summer sun and the hum of bees to me.

Lavender oil is the oil that is extracted from the flowers of certain types of lavender flowers by steam distillation. The leaves and stalks are not used.

This oil smells very strongly of lavender and contains the chemicals contained in lavender flowers in a very concentrated form. The water that is left after distilling the flowers also smells of lavender and contains chemicals from the plant as well. It is commonly know as Lavender Water but within the cosmetic trade it is called a hydrosol.

How Lavender Oil Was Discovered To Have Active Healing Properties

Essential oil of Lavender has been extracted by distillation since the 13th century as a means of preserving its fragrance, but it was an accident in a laboratory, early in the 20th century, that revealed its incredible healing powers.

When chemist Rene Maurice Gatefosse suffered third degree burns to his hand and plunged it into a vat of essential oil of lavender, he was amazed to find that his burns healed quickly with little scarring. His subsequent research into the healing powers of plants led French army surgeon, Dr. Jean Valnet to treat severe burns and battle injuries with lavender oil with great success. He then went on to treat psychiatric and war trauma patients with essential oils, and so aromatherapy was born.

During the Second World War conventional sterile dressings, antiseptics and antibiotics often ran out in hospitals and field stations, and one of the alternatives that doctors turned to was Lavender oil. In fact the failing fortunes of the Norfolk Lavender Company were resurrected by the large orders of essential oil of Lavender placed by the British government.

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Nature's Kiss Essential Oil, 10 ml, Lavender
Nature's Kiss Essential Oil, 10 ml, Lavender

Lavender can be used in the home today for so many purposes; as a general disinfectant, a soothing herb that promotes the healing of burns, a source of relief from headaches and a sure fire aid to the misery of insomnia.

 

Lavender For Health And First Aid Treatments

  • Burns

    Best practice first aid treatment recommends that serious burns need medical attention as well as submersion in cold water as a basic first action. But for minor burns in the home, after a ten minute immersion in cold water, the following treatment brings amazing relief from stinging, and in my experience reduces blistering and speeds up healing remarkably.

    Having cooled the burn in cold water for 5-10 minutes, put neat Lavender oil on the burn, or wrap a sterile cloth impregnated with the oil and apply to the area.

  • Headaches

    Maybe Lavender helps to ease headaches by promoting relaxation. However it works, I always find the smell of Lavender cuts through a tiresome headache, and calms the nausea that often accompanies it.

    I usually rub a few drops on my forehead or inhale the drops from a hanky. Even if it doesn't cure it completely, I find that my head feels clearer and soothed, without the dull feeling that you get from pain killers.

Lavender For Healing Stress

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Lavender soothes the nerves like no other herb. When you feel frazzled, anxious, hyped up or sad, essential oil of Lavender will bring a feeling of balance and calm. Here are some different ways you can try healing with lavender at home:

  • Get a friend to massage you and add a few drops of essential oil of Lavender to the massage oil.
  • Light an aromatherapy burner in your room, add a couple of drops of oil to the water, and leave it to work its magic.

  • Run a warm bath, light candles and add a few drops of oil to the water. Dim the lights, lie back and breathe in gently.

  • Dab a few drops on your wrist.

  • Put drops on your handkerchief or scarf and wrap it around your neck, or place it inside your pillowslip.

  • Take a small pinch of dried Lavender flowers, rub your hands together and breathe in deeply.

  • Fill a small bag with the dried flowers and keep it on your pillow.

  • Lie in a Lavender field and be transported.

  • And finally, a tea with added rosebuds and lavender flowers will put you in touch with yourself and the angels.

Lavender For Healing Insomnia

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If sleep doesn't come easily to you, a little bag of lavender flowers inside your pillowslip, or a hanky dotted with a few drops of oil will relax your mind and facilitate deep sleep.

On those occasions when I am kept awake by ideas that keep going round and round in my mind, I find that the best sleep remedy is a hot drink that contains some lavender flowers. I use my own lavender flowers, and add them to many different tea blends, depending on my mood, even to an ordinary cup of milky tea.

Lavender Uses In Home Hygiene

How to use Lavender Oil as an antiseptic

By Booksworm (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Try out some of these ideas for using essential oil of Lavender: they really work!

Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil - 30 ml
Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil - 30 ml

Cut fingers, insect bites, grazed knees; they all get anointed with lavender oil in our house. And when I want to give the house a really special clean, I put a few drops into soapy cleaning water for all the floors and wooden surfaces. Not only does it make the house smell fabulous, it deters flies and acts as a powerful disinfectant.

 

How To Use Lavender Oil To Deter The Less Appealing Bugs

If you want to deter the less appealing bugs...splash or spray diluted lavender around. Blood feeders like fleas and midges seem to hate Lavender and generally prefer to go off and be a nuisance elsewhere when they smell or taste it.

I camped by Conniston Water whilst canoeing in August, a perfect time for midges, and used loads of lavender oil to keep myself bite free. Not only did it keep the mosquitoes away, it seemed to repel all the crawly things that usually insist on sharing your sleeping bag...the tent smelt heavenly too.

  • Make a carpet spray to deter cat fleas with water plus a few drops of lavender oil.

  • Grow lavender in your window boxes to deter flies.

  • Rub lavender oil on your ankles, wrists, forehead and hair to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

Christine Matthews [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

How Do You Use Lavender For Healing At Home?

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How Much Lavender Oil To Use?

Once you have understood some basic quantity ratios, and know the standard ways in which essential oils are measured, using essential oils becomes easier.

Click through here for quantities and measurements when using essential oils

This is information about the number of drops per bottle and drops to millilitre, and how much to dilute blends for use on the skin. I've arranged it in as simple a way as possible, so that you can just get on with the recipes, and get the quantities right first time.

Essential Oil Safety

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants, and contain powerful chemical compounds. You need to treat them with respect and use them with care and caution.

Click through here for How To Use Essential Oils Safely

You are strongly advised to aquaint yourself with the various limitations and side effects of certain oils, as well as have a basic understanding of safe practice when using essential oils..

Lavender helps heal the body and soothe the mind; it also helps the hard pressed bee. By using Lavender in our home, I've found that we heal can ourselves naturally and at the same time support the Lavender farms and the nectar rich fields loved by the bees.

"Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them."

Chinese Proverb

Thank you for visiting lavender for healing

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      elliefraser 4 years ago

      My favorite essential oil. Lots of really useful information here. Great lens!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      There's a lavender farm just outside of town, and I went there one afternoon with a couple of friends, how delightful! Amazing the many uses for lavender oil!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Great lens. Great information about lavender oil and how, to use it. Thank you so much. Blessed!

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      akumar46 lm 5 years ago

      Very informative lens, thanks for sharing.

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      @Soapmarked: No, but your question worries me a lot...

      If common-sense and time honoured methods of dealing with minor incidents has become the remit of the professionally qualified only, and a degree is needed before dealing with a cut finger or a simple headache, then the human race is in real trouble, and the G.P waiting room queues will stretch around the planet many times.

      Unless you are referring to the insidious culture of suing for damages; in which case, anyone who has just sawn their arm off, and decides to dab a bit of Lavender oil on the wound because they read this article needs their head examining as well as their arm.

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      Soapmarked 5 years ago from TX

      Very informative and great pics, but are you worried about someone taking this as medical advice?

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      If I could only have one essential oil, it would undoubtedly be Lavender Oil. Well done and Angel blessed today!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I know a bit about lavender but did not know about cat fleas and head lice. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Remembered now as I read this that it's also a herb and healing for the body with essential natural things that are good for the body. *blessed by a squidoo angel*

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Learned a few new things from this informative and beautifully created lens on lavender. It's amazing the natural cures available to us. Stay healthy and blessed! :)

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      I love the look and scent of lavender. Now I know even more about it! Beautiful lens! Happy Fragrance Day!

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      bofirebear 5 years ago

      Very good information. We use lavender a lot to help heal.

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      Lavender is so very useful and beautiful. I grow it in my garden and just love it.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Wow never knew lavender had so many uses, I certainly burn the oil and yes must agree has a great calming effect, now looks like I need experiment more, appreciate you sharing this information

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      @jadehorseshoe: It's probably the most universal healer plant we have in the West

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Lav seems to "help" heal both cuts and burns. I've used it since I was a kid; traveling salesman tipped me to it.

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      @anonymous: thanks for the tip

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I use lavendar in a spray bottle with tea tree oil and spray it on the kids hair to deter head lice. I grow it in my garden too.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      This is a tour de force - imagery is brilliant

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      Tilly4Family 6 years ago

      thanks for visiting my page about our dog! and, I found this lens of yours and it is already my favorite! We have a wonderful homeopath doc here in the states and she recommends lavender for all sorts of ailments. She even recommends it as anti viral and anti bacterial. Add a drop or two of the oil to some coconut oil and rub it on to help soothe colds and flu. Love this lens! thanks!

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      I love my lavender borders!

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      I grew lavender this year for the first time. It was wonderful to break off a tiny piece and just smell it. Kids liked it too. Your layout and organization here is great, love the purple.

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      I love the smell of lavender as I fall asleep. I have a lavender infused pillow while I am visiting Taiwan to help me fall asleep!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      I reall liked your lens! Thumbs up. Thanks!

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      I love lavender. I've got a few plants in my garden, trying to harvest some every year, for a domestic use. Beautiful lens. Well done.

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      TheGoodSource101 7 years ago

      Awesome Lens! Might I even say Beautiful.

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      EdenT 7 years ago

      Just a great lens. I love using lavender for my headaches. I also bought a bubble bath made with essential lavender oil and used it after a stressful day. Nothing beats it.

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      Light-in-me 7 years ago

      My grandparents had Lavender all on the one side of there house and I used to go sit there because I loved the smell so much. The bees would usually chase me away after awhile though lol. Beautiful pictures and a great lens, I learned something new!

      Robin :)

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I have a new found respect for lavender. I've never used it for anything. Thanks for sharing the information and the awesome, awesome pictures.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, Those pics do something to me. Wonderful lens. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Lavender is great for healing, and so beautiful in a garden too. Love your photos. Lensrolling this to my lavender festival lens.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I can almost smell the lavender! Very enjoyable page. :)

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Wow! This is an amazing lens. Thanks for sharing all this excellent information. Your images are beautiful. Blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel, http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Had to come back - the lavender scent is wafting right off the page. Your lenses are stunning, full of information and utterly delightful. A lavender flavoured Angel blessing :-)

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Oh how I love lavender oil. Like you, if I could only have one essential oil I would choose lavender. One of my favorite uses is on a sunburn. If applied soon enough, it will be gone the next day. I have all of Valerie Worwood's books, they are the best!

      Beautiful lens you've created here!

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      @paperfacets: So far I make oils by the Enfleurage method...packing small bottles with lavender or whatever, and then filling up with almond oil. I keep them on the windowsill for a few weeks and then strain. You get all the qualities of the essential oil, but already diluted by the almond oil.

      I like the idea of trying my hand at distilling, although we only get flowers once a year here, and in a poor summer like last year, the oil will not be that strong. Let me know if you decide to have a go.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oooooo MY! The pictures you've used on this page are totally AWESOME! I love them :) Wish I had more space to grow Lavender link in those 'field' pictures!

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Very well done. I love lavender. I have two bushes that produce lavender all year round. Can I make my own oil?

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Great lens on lavender. Lensrolling to my purple lens.

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      Alfiesgirl LM 7 years ago

      I really like this lavender lens, you've explained the properties of lavender so well. 5 *****

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      Delia 7 years ago

      another great lens!!!...5*... this inspires me to do more paintings with Lavender...I had done some miniature Italian paintings with rows of Lavender

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I feel a little bit more relaxed already! Great tips, and great photo picks of the lavender. I've heard a lot about the benefits of lavender.

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Just hearing the word lavender heals me :) You have given wonderful tips here and all the lavender photos are gorgeous!

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      triathlontraini1 7 years ago

      Purple and lavender are so soothing. I love the imagery!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      The lens has a soothing effect. The healing power of Lavender can be felt even as you browse through it. 5*

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Will try the fly tip :) *Blessed*

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      KNicholls 7 years ago

      What a nice lens. In addition to loving lavender, purple is my favorite color! I have blessed it and given you 5 stars!

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Wonderful lens. I love lavender and grow some in my yard. When I have a migraine, I sometimes use lavender oil in a hot bath and put a ice pack on my head at the same time. It works most of the time. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      @myraggededge: I agree with you here, I will add this in somewhere. thanks.

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      RobW1 7 years ago

      Nicely done! Blessed!

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      I love lavender - the fragrance, the color and lavender's unique shape. Great lens!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Mmm.... I adore lavender! I can smell it right off your page!

      Do remind people to add pure essential oil to a little carrier oil for most common applications - I get a nasty reaction if I put it directly onto my skin.