Lavender is one of my favorite herbs. It comes in many varieties, colors and forms. While thinking about this article, I started with 10 ways to use lavender, but started to remember more and more. Now I’m up to 25!
25 Ways to use Lavender
Rub lavender essential oil neat (undiluted) on your temples to ease a headache. You can also inhale the scent for the same effect.
2. Dry hair and dandruff
Add a few drops of essential oil to some warm water in a squirt bottle and shake. Disperse throughout your hair and rinse after a few minutes. Or you can drip a few drops on your brush and brush through hair.
3. Fabric refresher
Add a few drops of essential oil to some water, shake well, and spritz your clothes and other fabrics, like curtains. The antibacterial action will kill germs and add freshness to fabrics.
4. Ear infections
Add a few drops of essential oil to some olive oil and warm it slightly. Drop a few drops into the ear canal and let it sit. It will aid in the healing of infections.
5. Add to perfumes
Lavender blends well with many other scents. I add the essential oil to oakmoss and patchouli for a clean, woodsy scent.
Lavender is a natural mood elevator, and may help with depression.
7. Sleep inducer
While lavender will elevate the mood, it also calms it. Try some lavender tea before bed or a few drops of essential oil on your pillow. This also works to calm babies. Dilute the oil at a 10:1 ratio. Mix it with a light oil like sweet almond or jojoba. Run a warm bath and add a few drops of the mixed oil. You can also add a few drops to the water when you wash the baby clothes.
8. Skin creams
Lavender is known to help regenerate new skin cells. Add several drops of essential oil to your face cream or body lotion to help heal your skin. Its antibacterial action makes it particularly helpful with chronic skin problems such as acne.
9. Counter tops
Lavender is antiseptic. Add a few drops to some warm water in a spray bottle and shake. Spray this on your kitchen counters to kill germs and bacteria.
Lavender is anti-inflammatory. It helps relieve menstrual cramps if rubbed on the abdominal area. It can also help with the inflammation caused by hemorrhoids.
11. Insect bites
Lavender can help relieve the pain and itching from insect bites. It can also help fight infection from them as well.
12. Insect repellent
Why let the bugs bite you first? Lavender is a natural insect repellent. Add some to your homemade insect repellent. Shake well and spray all over.
13. Insect repellent 2
Don’t forget your plants. Add several drops to a small spray bottle full of water and shake well. Spray on roses and other plants to keep the aphids off of them. You can also plant lavender in between other plants to keep the bugs away.
14. Deer and rabbit proof
Neither deer nor rabbits like the smell of lavender. Use the same spray as above to keep animals from munching on your plants. Inter-planting works here too.
Infuse water with lavender and make ice cubes for a refreshing treat. For lavender ice cream, add flowers to milk and strain before adding to ice cream maker (or leave them in for a more conspicuous flavor!). Add lavender flowers to cookies for a interesting snack. Add fresh flowers to salads for a different taste.
16. Sinus infections or colds
Boil some water and add to a large heat-safe bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil to the water and lean over to inhale the steam. Tent a towel over your head to catch as much of the steam as possible.
For burns of all kinds, including sunburn, rub the essential oil neat over the burn. It will soothe, bring down inflammation and help to begin the healing process.
18. Helps prevent scars
Lavender essential oil, along with Vitamin E, will help to prevent scarring. This includes stretch marks. There is currently a study being done on older scars that involves lavender oil. It may also help reduce the appearance of older scars.
19. Wood cleaner and polish
Lavender contains compounds that will help clean wood furniture and add natural luster to the surface. Use lavender essential oil in your homemade wood dusting spray to give furniture a nice shine.
20. Prevents mold and mildew
Lavender is anti-fungal. It will help to kill molds and mildew and help keep them from reforming. I use it in a spray for the inside of my shower curtain because it always stays damp.
Lavender flowers make a nice floral arrangement, whether fresh or dried.
Lavender is a wonderful perennial shrub that lasts many years. Many varieties are disease and insect resistant, so they take little care once established.
Lavender makes a nice option for protecting your clothes from moths if you don’t like the smell of cedar.
24. Muscle aches
Massage a few drops of lavender essential oil into your sore muscles. It will help relieve the pain and stiffness.
25. Help to banish evil spirits
Ok, so this one is not necessarily proven. A little history for you though – in ancient Rome, lavender was used in doorways to keep out evil spirits. This could be true, as it can help to lift the mood – so people entering a house would be happier. Could be….
Finding the best lavender
For any of these uses, whether using it topically or eating it, it’s always important to find the best lavender possible. If using dried lavender, grow your own without chemicals, or find organically grown lavender for purchase at a Farmer’s market, local health food store, or online here. When choosing lavender essential oil, you’ll also want to be sure it is of the best purity and quality. We like the pure lavender essential oil sold here.
Let us know how you’re going to use your lavender!