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Surprising Uses for Lavender that Most People Don’t Know About

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Well known for its refreshing scent and natural beauty, lavender has been used by roy

alty and common man alike for millennia. However its lesser-known benefits are what that makes lavender essential oil a must-have for everyone’s household.

From the beginning of written history, people have been using lavender for many amazing uses other than its aroma and beauty.

Traditional Uses:

  • Egyptians not only used lavender for perfume they also used it in their mummification process.
  • Ancient Celts used lavender in many tonics and also used it in weddings and at home for luck, protection, long life, purification, and happiness.
  • Baths infused with lavender were popular with the Ancient Romans and Greeks for its soothing and cleansing powers. Lavender bath salts are still commonly used today.
  • Queen Elizabeth I used lavender in her tea to provide support her central nervous system. In 2012 there was a study published by the National Health Institute that concluded that Lavender Oil promotes healthy nervous system functions.1
  • In 1910, the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé studied lavender’s chemical composition and discovered its ability to soothe and promote healthy skin.2
  • Lavender was used by healthcare professionals in World War I and II for its ability to aid the immune system and for its cleansing properties. These health-supporting properties have been supported in a recent study conducted in 2011.3

Prior to the advancement of modern medicine lavender was used to support essential parts of natural therapy, many of which are still used today. 

Here are some nontraditional ways to use Lavender Essential Oil:

  • Promote Healthy Skin: Lavender essential oil can help soothe, moisturize and promote healthy skin.4 Use it in your daily skin regimen for best results. 
  • Acne: When added to witch-hazel or rosewater-- it can improve the appearance of acne.5
  • Restlessness: Modern studies have confirmed the effectiveness of lavender on promoting healthy sleep patterns, reducing anxiety due to everyday fatigue, aid in the ability to concentrate, and help support the central nervous system.6 Lavender essential oil can be applied directly or indirectly to the subject to promote quality sleep and relaxation.
  • Hair: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, not only does lavender work for sleep improvement and as a calming agent, it can also be used to promote and maintain a healthy head of hair.7
  • Deodorizer/Cleaning: Lavender oil drops can be added to a spray bottle with water to make a quick deodorizer, fabric softener, and natural cleaning solution. Vinegar can also be added to intensify lavender’s cleaning powers.
  • Insect Repellent: Some studies have claimed that lavender repels insects 8-- including moths which can damage your expensive wardrobe.

But one of the most surprising uses for lavender is flavoring in gourmet cooking.

  • Many chiefs use food grade lavender flavoring in chocolates, cakes, salads
  • dressings, teas, scones and marshmallows. Just a few drops can provide a hint of its floral and sweet flavor.

Lavender isn't just a pretty flower with a pleasant scent, but it also makes an essential oil that no one should be without. 

You can try Young Living Lavender Essential Oil and discover nature’s secret for yourself. 

Sometimes the best, simplest, and safest answers to our daily problems are found in nature.


1 Ehrlich, Steven D., NMD. Aromatherapy | University of Maryland Medical Center. 7 May 2013. Solutions Acupuncture. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. 18 Mar. 2015 <http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/aromatherapy>.

2 Basel, Karger AG. Lavender essential oil in the treatment of migraine headache: a placebo-controlled clinical trial.- PubMed - NCBI. 17 Apr 2012. National Institute of Health. 7 Apr 2022 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22517298>.

3 Sienkiewicz, Monika. Antibacterial activity of thyme and lavender essential oils. -PubMed- NCBI. Nov 2011. National Institute of Health. 7 April 2022 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22313307>.

Ehrlich, Steven D., NMD. Aromatherapy | University of Maryland Medical Center. 7 May 2013. Solutions Acupuncture. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. 18 Mar. 2015 <http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/aromatherapy>.

5 Ibid.

6 Ehrlich, Steven D., NMD. Lavender | University of Maryland Medical Center. 5 Mar. 2011. Solutions Acupuncture. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. 18 Mar. 2015 <http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lavender>.

7 Ehrlich, Steven D., NMD. Aromatherapy | University of Maryland Medical Center. 7 May 2013. Solutions Acupuncture. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. 18 Mar. 2015 <http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/aromatherapy>.

8 Lavender: MedlinePlus Supplements. 15 Feb 2015. National Library of Health. National Institute of Health. 20 Apr 2022 <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/838.html>.