How to Use Lavender Essential Oil

3 Posted by - October 14, 2013 - Archive

Lavender is the most versatile of all essential oils and has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender is also great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet also has balancing properties.

Here are some tips on how to use Lavender essential oil from our product management team and Young Living distributors.

Tips from Young Living:

  • Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops to the affected area
  • Rub on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area
  • Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects
  • Place a few drops on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry
  • Rub a few drops onto your hand and spread over a pillow
  • Diffuse Lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering
  • Diffuse or inhale Lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work

Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:

“I keep a 2-oz. spray bottle with 11-13 drops Lavender/purified water mix next to my bed and spritz pillow and linens nightly!” —Virginia C., Star

“I put it right on my neck. I love how it relaxes me.” —Wendy M., Distributor

“I diffuse Lavender every night for a great night’s rest.” —Eric H., Distributor

“We use it all the time! I put it on the kids after their shower to get ready for bed.” —Victoria B., Distributor

“I put it on a cotton ball and slip it between my pillow case and pillow.” – Patt F., Distributor

“I love putting a couple of drops on wool dryer balls to scent our clothes while they’re drying!” —Laura W., Star

“I put a few drops of Lavender essential oil in my bath water.” —Ede H., Distributor


  • Lauren Wilkins November 9, 2015 - 5:25 pm Reply

    Hi. I bought a diffuser and I was thinking about using it in my daughters room. She just turned 5 months. I was thinking that Lavender would help her sleep at night. Do you know how many drops I should be using? Also, do I turn it off after a few hours? Is it safe for multiple hours?

    • Young Living November 12, 2015 - 9:30 am Reply

      Hi Lauren, Thanks for stopping by with your questions. To safeguard the health of your child, essential oils should not be diffused in their immediate proximity or for long periods of time without the prior consent of a pediatric physician. We also suggest diffusing a small amount of essential oil for short periods of time until you have determined if your child has any sensitivity to diffusing. We hope this information is helpful!

  • Vinny G October 20, 2015 - 5:27 pm Reply

    Hi, I am using a CPAP machine and was wondering if I would be able to add some of your Lavender essential oil to the distilled water I put in my humidifier reservoir and inhale it while I sleep? Thanks, Vinny

    • Young Living October 22, 2015 - 2:43 pm Reply

      Hi Vinny, Thank you for your question. We would not recommend using essential oils in conjunction with a CPAP machine in any manner as the oils may damage the plastic components of the machine. If you would like to use the oils with the unit, we would suggest contacting the manufacturer of the CPAP machine or your physician to determine if the oils are compatible with your machine. We hope this information is helpful!

  • Berenice September 15, 2015 - 12:10 pm Reply

    Does it ease menstrual cramps? My menstrual cramps are severe and pills don’t work anymore. If i rub 2 drops of lavender to my lower abdomen, would it work?

    • Young Living September 18, 2015 - 5:20 pm Reply

      Hi there! Young Living products aren’t labeled as drugs, so we’re unable to give any advice for severe cramps – we’re sorry! We’d suggest you pay your doctor a visit to help – even one with experience with essential oils.

    • Heather October 7, 2015 - 2:00 pm Reply

      There is an oil called Dragon Time that I love to inhale a few times a day at certain times of the month. You could also try rubbing PanAway on your abdomen or lower back.

  • Kelsey Bradshaw August 25, 2015 - 2:03 pm Reply

    Is it safe to put one drop of lavendar in a gel capsule and swallow?

    • Young Living September 2, 2015 - 1:59 pm Reply

      Hi Kelsey! Thanks for stopping by. Lavender essential oil is labeled for aromatic and topical use, not dietary. If a Young Living product is used in a manner not consistent with labeling, you should always use your best judgment. Please consult your health care professional if you have any concerns about use contrary to label provisions. We hope this is helpful!

  • Kalia August 16, 2015 - 12:58 pm Reply

    Am i able to cook with the lavender and lemon oils? ei. replacing lavender buds with the oil?

    • Young Living August 24, 2015 - 12:21 pm Reply

      Essential oils which are labeled for dietary use can be used in cooking. We suggest adding 1-2 drops of oil (to taste) after the dish is cooked to avoid exposing the essential oils to extreme heat thus retaining their therapeutic properties.

  • Lynn August 12, 2015 - 11:39 am Reply

    I am going to be traveling abroad for 8 wks. I’m trying to decide which of my many oils I should take with me. Any ideas on very versatile oils as I can’t take ALL of them? I was thinking about Thieves for sure.

  • Kandi June 18, 2015 - 1:16 pm Reply

    my granddaughter (will be 13 next month) has eczema next to her lip/corner of her mouth, is it safe to use lavender oil that close to her mouth?

    • Young Living July 6, 2015 - 3:44 pm Reply

      Hi Kandi! The small amount of Lavender which may be ingested when used in this manner should not cause any harm. If you have further concerns, please consult a health care provider.

  • Gayla Nance June 13, 2015 - 7:32 am Reply

    How do you dilute the lavender oil for my 2 year old

    • Young Living June 15, 2015 - 3:40 pm Reply

      Hi Gayla! Lavender can typically be applied neat (undiluted), but if you would like to dilute it, try 1 drop Lavender to 4 drops V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex.

  • Jennifer palmer June 13, 2015 - 6:42 am Reply

    My daughter has a hemangioma on her and I was wondering if I could use lavendar to help shrink it. I’ve been putting it in her bath water along with gentle baby and I’ve noticed some changes to the coloring of it. Would I put a carrier oil with it?

    • Young Living June 15, 2015 - 3:42 pm Reply

      Hi Jennifer! With any medical condition, we recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care provider with knowledge and experience with essential oils.

  • Leticia Lowe May 19, 2015 - 3:53 pm Reply

    Does this help people that have trouble sleeping? Someone that suffers insomnia or anxiety,depression issues occasionally. Because I would love to try it if so. I have insomnia,anxiety and depression issues occasionally and have to take meds for them. I would love for something natural to work to where I could get off some of the medications and quit having to go to doctor’s so much. Thanks.

    • Young Living May 20, 2015 - 10:58 am Reply

      Hi Leticia! Thanks for stopping by. With any medical condition, we recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care provider with knowledge and experience with essential oils.

  • Monika Pindera Hutchins October 9, 2014 - 8:05 am Reply

    I used lemon on my face (not diluted) on a little pimple on my forehead. The pimple disappeared, but the area now has bumpy rash. It has not gone away after a week. Any suggestions?

    • Denise Corriveau June 11, 2015 - 5:37 pm Reply

      Hi check or the answer to..regarding bumps. It’s usually a sign of detoxification. She said to apply it with carrier oil to bottom of feet daily until you can use it without reaction of rash.

  • Yesie Aprillia September 8, 2014 - 3:59 pm Reply

    just rub 1 drop on her feet, chest and neck…lets see what oil’s done to out baby
    she will sleep deeply

  • Barbara December 13, 2013 - 6:25 am Reply

    Sadly, I am allergic to Lavendar :-( It causes my throat to close up and also causes migraine headaches. This is really discouraging to me because it is good for SO many things! I can’t even use it in my home on my family because of the allergic reaction. Any suggestions?

    • Jess March 12, 2014 - 3:45 pm Reply

      Have you tried YL lavender and had that reaction or haven’t you because of previous reactions? Lavender is one of the most gentlest oils there is, when people are allergic it is typically caused by something else in the product they used or because the lavender is not pure. If you haven’t tried using YL’s lavender, give it a try.

    • Gayla Nance June 16, 2015 - 3:03 pm Reply

      I will have to try the one my toddler

  • Misty Hart Bell November 20, 2013 - 5:12 pm Reply

    my cousin who is an EMT reached for a fresh hot cookie, but instead lifted the cookie sheet, within seconds 2 blisters started forming, we immediately applied 4 drops lavender, the laughed about it for about 5 minutes him saying he knew better being an Emergency Responder, when we were done laughing, no blisters, no redness not even a tingle of pain…

  • Dee October 16, 2013 - 1:05 pm Reply

    When i use lavendar my skin tends to react to it with a bumpy rash. Any suggestions?

    • Josiah R. B. August 4, 2014 - 8:18 pm Reply

      That usually is a sign of it detoxifying your body. Try putting a diluted drop on the bottom of your feet in the morning and going about your day normally. I have an upline that had the same problem, but after doing this her body became detoxified enough and now she can use it freely.

  • Vlada October 16, 2013 - 7:31 am Reply

    I had a great success with burns. I spilled 180 C coffee on my hand and using lavender, no blister at all.

  • C. L. October 16, 2013 - 6:26 am Reply

    It’s great for bug bites too. I know someone healed a brown recluse bite on her neck (!!) by keeping lavender eo on it constantly, baffling her doctor.

  • Angie MacKnight October 16, 2013 - 6:01 am Reply

    I use this every night on our VERY active little boy. We put a drop on the back of his neck and one on the bottom of his foot and he calms down and goes to sleep.

  • Lois Strobel October 15, 2013 - 8:53 pm Reply

    just used it tonite on an itchy spot on my 9 yr old works and went to sleep easy

  • Evie Dawson October 15, 2013 - 4:33 am Reply

    The best part of this essential oil is that it sops acne break outs. I was tired of the problem of acne continuously breaking out on my face and looking for an effective natural cure for the same, Lavender essential oil acted as right medicine for my skin.When I again diagnosed my skin on Online USA Doctors it was wonderful.

    • Elizabeth April 10, 2014 - 1:07 pm Reply

      Did you apply it directly to your face? Did you use a carrier oil?

  • Matthew Keefe October 14, 2013 - 1:58 pm Reply

    It works as an antihistamine for me. Whenever I’m having an allergy problem, I put 10-15 drops of Lavender oil in a vegetable capsule and swallow it. It’s incredible how much it helps!

    • Kaitlin Jenkins October 15, 2013 - 5:04 pm Reply

      I have heard 1-2 drops directly on the tongue works even faster…have you tried that? I did just this AM (first time) and was quite impressed!

      • Matthew Keefe October 16, 2013 - 6:33 am Reply

        I’ve tried that too, and while it does help fast, I find that taking a capsule has a more lasting effect. Thanks!

        • Kaitlin Jenkins October 20, 2013 - 3:58 pm Reply

          Thanks! Going to get and try some capsules!

      • Michele Johnston November 12, 2013 - 5:59 pm Reply

        Try the drops under the tongue, works faster.

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