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What's Lavender Oil Good For? 12 Reasons You Absolutely Need To Use It

Your go-to essential oil to use for anything and everything…

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The world of essential oils is vast, intriguing, and honestly, a touch overwhelming. You’ve scoured the net for hours searching for practical ways to use them in your everyday life. Yet you still have very little idea about what oils to use or how to use them…

If you only have room for one essential oil in your life, then use lavender oil. Arguably the most versatile oil you can find, lavender essential oil is truly an astonishing multi-tasker with amazing healing properties. Most well-known for helping you sleep and calming the body and mind, lavender oil has so many other uses - from caring for your skin and hair to home cleaning - and even as part of your go-to essential oil first-aid kit.

Ready to explore how to use lavender oil for you, your family and your home? Find out why you need this little miracle in a bottle to make your day - and life - so much easier…


It’s not often that you can find one solution to sort out a whole bunch of your personal health and beauty issues. That’s what makes lavender one of the most powerful essential oils.

Renowned for its ability to help you dramatically sleep better and calm anxious thoughts, lavender oil also contains many healing properties that not only help clear up acne and eczema but also reverse signs of aging skin. The benefits of this pretty purple flower also extend to promoting a healthy head of hair.

Here’s how to use lavender oil’s multipurpose magic to make your life better. The fact that it smells nice enough to use as a scent is an unexpected bonus…

 1.  Reduce Anxiety and Stress

You’re a tightly wound-up stress ball - anxious about not having enough time/conflict at work/ taking on too much/family problems/an unhealthy lifestyle or any other major life changes (delete whichever is not applicable). No wonder you’re stressed, irritable and grumpy…

Time to use lavender. Within a few minutes of diffusing a few drops of lavender essential oil you’ll begin to feel the calm. Or add a few drops of lavender oil to a warm foot soak to clear the mind. And ease away those worries by relaxing with a warming lavender neck pillow to improve your mood and soothe the soul.

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2.  Fix Acne, Scars, Eczema And Dry, Aging Skin

Problems with those not-so-nice acne breakouts, ageing or dry skin, or even eczema? Or maybe you’ve got an allergic rash, a scar you’d like to disappear, or chapped lips or hands? Try using that brilliant little multi-tasker - lavender oil - to help fix a whole bunch of skin problems.

Use a few drops of lavender essential oil added to an all-natural, unscented moisturizer or a ready-made lavender body lotion is all it takes to help dry or ageing skin. Dip a Q-tip into 5 drops of lavender oil in 1 teaspoon of warm water and hold onto a pimple for a few minutes. Regularly repeat until you zap that zit.

Add a few drops of lavender oil to a carrier oil and regularly massage onto your scars and eczema prone areas. Use the same mixture to also help heal a rash and get rid of chapped lips.

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3.  Double Duty Lavender Deodorant & Scent

Are you looking for a more natural alternative to your normal underarm deodorant? That’s easy. Just apply a couple of drops of lavender oil mixed with coconut oil to keep you smelling fresh - and relaxed - the whole day.

And if you like a fresh floral scent, swap out your normal scent for lavender. Dab a drop of oil behind your ears and onto your wrists. How to keep calm and smell great in one simple step…

4.  For Hair Health And Growth

You’re not having much luck treating your dry and itchy scalp. Maybe you are starting to lose more hair than normal and can’t figure out what to do. Or the kids have picked up lice at school and you don’t want it to spread? No problem…

Lavender oil benefits as part of a stimulating head massage can help to kill lice, their eggs and nits as well as banish dry scalp problems. Even better, there are some small studies showing that using lavender can also stimulate healthy hair growth. So, even though the jury is out on this one, you can still enjoy a blissful head massage in the meantime (who doesn’t?).

Either add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to your normal shampoo or some coconut oil to create a quick and easy hair mask, or massage a few drops of lavender oil directly onto your scalp.

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5.  Sleep Better Naturally

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or feeling distinctly lackluster during the day, you’re more than likely suffering from the greatest health problem of the modern world - lack of sleep - specifically deep sleep (that’s the good one).

Lavender essential oil is touted as the reigning queen of sleep and with good reason – there are tons of studies proving that using lavender oil helps you sleep better. Start your night-time ritual by diffusing lavender oil for about an hour in your bedroom to create a sleep oasis. Then lie back, soak, relax and feel oh-so good in a tub of warm water generously sprinkled with lavender bath salts. To seal the deal, mist your pillows with a lavender linen spray and rub a few drops of lavender oil onto the soles of your feet  to guarantee those high quality zzz’s.

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A well-stocked first-aid kit is a must for every home, especially when you have kids. An antiseptic cream and headache tablets - check. An antihistamine and some mentholated deep heat pain and cramp relieving rub - check. Cold and flu medication in winter and a sunburn relief spray for summer - check. And so the list goes on…

But what if you found out that one natural alternative can replace all these - and more? Lavender essential oil with its powerful healing properties is about to come your new family favorite first aid cure-all…

6.  Bug Bites, Burns, Cuts & Scars

A quick dab of lavender essential oil soothes bug bites and stings, relieves itching and reduces any swelling. Use a few drops of lavender oil on minor burns and scalds to avoid the formation of blisters and lessen the pain. Lavender also stops bleeding whilst soothing small wounds, cuts and scrapes – plus it reduces scarring. It can even help treat cold sores.

And while prevention is better, sunburn can happen to anyone. Lavender oil cools the skin and soothes away any puffiness, soreness, and redness. Mix a few drops with aloe vera gel for a double dose of relief.

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7.  Headaches, Arthritis, Cramps, Muscle & Joint Pain

Apply a few drops uses for lavender oil onto the temples, below the jawline and onto the forehead to ease a headache. And if it’s brought on by stress, try a lavender neck pillow to reduce neck tension and pain. A therapeutic rub down with lavender massage oil followed by a hot lavender bubble bath also effectively relieves sore muscles, sprains, aching joints and backaches.

Fast-track your pain relief by using a lavender infused spa mask or body wrap as a hot or cold compress. Heat helps soothe arthritis and stiff joints, relax your muscles, and ease spasms and cramps. Cold helps numb sharp pain and reduce inflammation and swelling. All your aches and pains done and dusted.

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8.  Allergies, Colds, Flu & Fever

A stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing or a scratchy throat? Add 4-6 drops of lavender oil to boiling water, throw a towel over your head, and breathe in the healing effects of the purple flower.

For lasting relief from sinus pressure and pain, use steam inhalation together with a few lavender oil drops rubbed onto your top lip, the forehead, temples and the back of your neck. And if your allergies are driving you mad, one of the best remedies is to simply sniff lavender essential oil straight out of the bottle to stop that incessant sneezing.

When a fever hits, lavender can also work wonders. Soak a washcloth in a few drops of lavender oil diluted in lukewarm water, and gently wash the forehead, neck and trunk to cool down the body. Or chill a lavender infused spa blankie in the freezer for an hour or so, and cover the entire body. Sweet cooling relief.

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9.  Fungal Infections

If you’ve ever had athlete’s foot, ringworm or thrush, then you know all about fungal infections. Commonly making an appearance after you’ve been exposed to a warm moist environment, they can be a nuisance but most are harmless.

Daily doses of lavender essential oil - a natural antifungal - rubbed into the infected skin or onto the nails can help clear them up. Or soak your feet in lavender-infused water to ease the irritation, moisturize and heal.

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Scent is one of the first things that people notice about your home. And for most of us, our house smells best right after we clean. Except between the kids, cooking, pets and your family just living their everyday lives, it can quickly revert to smelling like a mix of garbage disposal, gym socks and wet dog.

Enter sweet-smelling lavender. Using the essential oil is the simplest and smartest way to freshen up your laundry, your home and your life without constantly having to use artificial room freshening sprays. And it even chases away bugs…

10.  Natural Fabric Refresher And Deodorizer

One of the most wonderful smells in the world is freshly laundered clothes. Add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil to your washing machine to not only kill odor-causing bacteria during the wash cycle, but for its great fresh scent. Or add a few drops to a clean cloth and use it like a dyer sheet to naturally deodorize your laundry. Also use lavender oil to freshen up your fabrics while ironing by adding a couple of drops to the water in your iron.

If your sheets, linens or towels have taken on a slightly musty smell after they’ve been in the closet for a while, simply refresh them with a spritz of lavender linen water. You can also restore a fresh clean smell to your sofa fabric, curtains and bedding by lightly misting them with a lavender spray mist.

11.  Natural Bug Repellent

Flying insects (especially mosquitos) hate the smell of lavender, making it a much safer option than chemically based insect repellents. Plant lavender close to windows and doors, or scatter dried lavender floral arrangements around the house.

Hang pretty lavender sachets above open windows to repel bugs and catch a waft of lavender every time you enter a room. Spritz your mattress and bedding with lavender linen spray to keep bed bugs away.  Slip lavender sachets between your sweaters, hang them in closets and use a handy lavender sachet liner in your drawers to chase away moths and other bugs.

You can even use lavender essential oil diluted in a carrier oil to rub onto your arms and legs as a natural bug repellent.

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12. Natural Home And Room Deodorizer

Lavender doesn’t just have a pretty face - its pleasing smell can help freshen up your entire house. Arrange some dried lavender flowers in a vase or display a few lavender sachets in the bathroom for effective deodorizing where you need it most.

Or add 5 or 6 drops of lavender oil to some baking soda in a pretty jar and place anywhere where smells lurk (like the garbage can or laundry hamper). Just shake the jar to refresh. Using a mix of baking soda and lavender oil is also a very effective pet stain and odor remover. Just sprinkle a little onto the offending spot, let sit for half an hour, then vacuum.

Using cotton ball perfume bombs is an old hack, but it really works. Add a few drops of lavender oil to cotton balls and tuck them out of sight wherever you need them - between sofa cushions, in the A/C panel, behind furniture - wherever you want a little whiff of pleasure. You can even place them inside your vacuum bag to spread the scent throughout your house.

Lavender sachets are also pretty air fresheners. Slip them into flower arrangements, hang them onto lamps - the heat helps diffuse the scent - or tie them onto your air vent so the scent wafts through the room as the air blows.

And no home décor would be complete without some gorgeous candles and eye-catching diffusers which gently disperse the wonderful scent of lavender throughout your house…

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Can you now see why using lavender should be your first-choice essential oil – and how it can quickly become an indispensable item in your life?

It’s not often we find something so versatile that we can pretty much use it anywhere and everywhere - for ourselves, our family and our homes…

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There's a difference between an essential oil or simply an oil, which is basically a perfume. If a label does not clearly state that it is an 'essential oil,' then it is not a pure oil and should not be used as suggested.

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