13 Surprising Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation, and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its particularly pleasant aroma.

About Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations.

Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including as an aromatherapy oil, in gels, infusions, lotions, and soaps.

Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

The various health benefits of lavender essential oil include the following:

Bug Repellent

The smell of lavender essential oil is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some lavender oil on the exposed skin when outside to prevent these irritating bites. Furthermore, if you do happen to be bitten by one of those bugs, lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory qualities that will reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites.

Induces Sleep

Lavender essential oil induces sleep and is thus used as an alternative treatment for insomnia. Frequent studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity when their normal sleep medication is replaced with some lavender essential oil being placed on their pillows. It has a relaxing impact on people; thereby, it often replaces modern medicines for sleep issues.

Relieves Stress & Anxiety

Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia and also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability. One study showed that people taking tests showed a significant decrease in mental stress and anxiety, as well as increased cognitive function when they inhaled lavender oil and rosemary oil before taking the test.

LavenderessentialoilTreats Acne

According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne, which is a very uncomfortable and embarrassing condition that primarily affects young people as they move through puberty, but can also afflict adults. It is characterized by red, raised sores on the face and body that develop due to a bacterial infection near the sebum gland. When sebum cannot be properly secreted from the sebum glands on the face, it begins to build up, particularly because puberty stimulates extra sebum and bacteria feed off of it, creating a vicious cycle of irritation, infection, and visible sores that can result in serious scarring.

Lavender essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Adding a small amount of lavender essential oil to other skin creams or ointments can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing.

Relieves Pain

Lavender essential oil is known as an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil can provide relief from pain in the joints. A study done on postoperative pain relief showed that combining lavender essential oil vapor into the oxygen significantly reduced the amount of pain experienced, versus those patients who were only revived with oxygen after a major surgery.

Stimulates Urine Flow

Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders because of its stimulating effect on urine production. Furthermore, it helps in restoring hormonal balance and reducing cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces associated cramps with these and other disorders.

Treats Respiratory Disorders

Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infection, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapor or is applied to the skin of neck, chest, and back. It is also added to many vaporizers and inhalers that are commonly used for cold and cough. The stimulating nature of lavender essential oil can also loosen up the phlegm and relieve congestion associated with respiratory conditions, thus speeding up the recovery process and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material. The vapor of lavender essential oil also has antibacterial qualities which can battle respiratory tract infections.

Hair Care

Lavender essential oil is useful for hair care because it has been shown to be very effective on lice, lice eggs, and nits. Furthermore, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss, particularly for patients who suffer from alopecia, an autoimmune disease where the body rejects its own hair follicles. A Scottish study reported that more than 40% of alopecia patients in the study reported an increase in hair growth when they regularly rubbed lavender essential oil into their scalp. Therefore, lavender oil is sometimes recommended as a preventative measure for male pattern baldness.

Prevents Cancer

There is a significant research on the effects of lavender, in combination with other essential oils, as a way to prevent the occurrence of breast cancer in mice. This could be an indication of an increased chance of lavender battling carcinogenic effects and the presence of cancer.

Improves Blood Circulation

Lavender essential oil is also good for improving circulation of blood in the body. Research suggests that aromatherapy using lavender oil has beneficial effects on coronary circulation. It also lowers blood pressure and is often used as a treatment for hypertension. This means that not only do the organs increase their levels of oxygenation, promoting muscle strength and health, but brain activity can have a noticeable boost, skin remains bright and flushed with blood, and the body is protected from the risks of heart attack and atherosclerosis often associated with poor blood circulation.

Aids in Digestion

Lavender oil is useful for digestion because it increases the mobility of food within the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile, thus aiding in the treatment of indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting, and diarrhea.

lavenderoilBoosts Immunity

Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to a variety of diseases. Lavender has antibacterial and antiviral qualities that make it perfect for defending the body against rare diseases like TB, typhoid, and diphtheria, according to early research in the 20th century.

Treats Eczema

It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is also added to chamomile to treat eczema.

Other Benefits

Other health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to treat leucorrhoea. The oil can also be used to repel mosquitoes and moths, so you may find many mosquito repellents containing lavender oil as one of the primary ingredients.

Word of Caution: As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil. It is also recommended that patients with diabetes stay away from lavender oil. It may also cause allergic reactions to people who have unusually sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting, and headaches due to excessive use of lavender oil.

Most importantly, lavender oil should never be ingested, only topically applied or inhaled through means of aromatherapy or similar activities. Ingestion can cause serious health complications, characterized by blurred vision, difficulty in breathing, burning eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea. So, even if you think that lavender oil is a wonderful cure, don’t get excited and start putting it on your food.

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Lily Bright K. Elteto

'Lavare' is from Latin--before Italian. Latin is the parent language of Italian--which is one of the languages alive today that is closest to Latin. 🙂

Simion Constantin

For medicinal purposes, lavender is used as an infusion to treat nerve disorders. The herb has a powerful calming effect. Lavender treats heart disease (neuro-vegetative origin), weakness, neurasthenia, migraines, agitation.

I am using my Lavender PURE in our bedroom diffuser tonight! Stressful time with the high winds and all the damages in our area today with 81mph winds! I am finding the lavender truly does help us sleep better at night! Love my mela oils

I don't understand why people try to make eating or ingesting Lavender fearful. It does NOT cause those reactions, in fact I have ingested Lavender for years and have not experienced anything but amazing healing.

I use young living lavender and take it in a capsule.... works like a gem... Lavender and Chamomile tea are great too....

There is more than one species of lavender, more than one kind of lavender oil. Which is this referring to, because they are NOT the same.

How to use lavender oil for cancer?

josephine waddleton

I Would Like To Know The Answer To This Question How To Use Lavender Oil For Cancer.

Thanks a lot Daniel, I think I'll take my cat to the vet, although I avoid it ,most of the times vets prescribe antibiotics, I have also tried bee pollen topicaslly on the wound, no effect so far.
Do you think that spraying the house with dilluted in water lavender essential oil could also harm the cats?

Can I use lavender essential oil to treat my cat's eczema and what;s the dosage, thanks!

I don't recommend it. Using essential oils on a cat or even just in an area where cats reside can cause serious problems for them, possibly death. Unlike humans and dogs, cats lack a specific liver enzyme that's needed to break down the hydrocarbons, phenols, and terpenoids that make up essential oils. In cats, these otherwise harmless substances can build up in the liver, sometimes very quickly, depending on the amount of exposure. This can cause toxicity problems and liver damage. It’s usually a slow process and doesn’t show up until it’s too late.

Some people will tell you using essential oils on cats is safe if you dilute 80-90% and use pure, high quality oils with no chemical fillers. It's not that simple. Some oils have very high concentrations of phenols and are never safe to use on cats. Though there are a few essential oils that have only a small amount of phenols and pose less risk, all essential oils should be administrated with extreme caution when it comes to cats. From personal experience, it's really not something to mess around with. My mom almost inadvertantly poisoned her cat after sprinkling peppermint oil around the house to ward off bugs and spiders. Just a few hours later after inhaling the peppermint, Minnie became lethargic, which progressed to labored breathing, lack of appetite... My sister, certified cat lady and expert, came over to assess the situation and quickly realized she was suffering from liver toxicity from the peppermint. We quickly got Minne to a well ventilated area of the house away from any trace if the peppermint. Thankfully Minnie survived but it took a few days for her to get back to her normal cat self. I say be careful, every cat is different and you can't assume what worked on someone else's cat will work on yours.

I used lavender oil when l went into hospital l disenfected the toilet,shower and bath to eliminate bugs and germs not only was my room fragrant and calming l came home OK .......two drops on a cloth swished around the sink toilet and shower and the bath .........is this the answer to those super bugs ???

This was a good article on the use as topical only and not to be used in your foods as it could cause some allergic reactions. We should always consult our doctors about how we should use these products.

can i use it for my lower back pai

I gave my husband about 5 or 6 drops of lavender oil diluted with a bit of water to swallow. we used it by mistake. we meant to use Oregano oil. Is that OK? is it poison? I am really worried . please answer quickly.

From my reading you use edible lavender sprinkled on top of yogurt for digestion not lavender oil.

Lavare is Italian, not Latin

Yu obviiuslyy dnt undrstnd that Ital¡an comes frm Latin rootz. As do French && Spanish. Do ya hom3work!

Concerned teacher

Do your English homework

how to apply levender oil for face to get fair look

Hello Gulam, do not use any essential oil directly. They need to be mixed with carrier oils etc. before applying on skin.

How do use the lavender oil

why is it recommended that people with diabetes , not take lavender oil

winnie camarillo

where I can buy lavender essential oil here in qatar..thanks

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello Winnie, you can check in your local market or you can buy it online.

winnie camarillo

how can I buy lavender essential oil here in qatar..thanks

Using Lavender in a nice cup of hot tea can help as a nice wind-down drink after dinner or with a decaffeinated tea before bed. It can also be used with a nice Chamomile tea or Sleepy time tea before bed or when trying to relax.

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Love lavender essential oil it is so soothing and helps to relieve stress and anxiety. Plus smells great!

Lavender oil, wowwww great for cuts , heals it super fast also good for long time injury with scarring, takes it away, wonderfull stuff this lavender.


After applying it to your skin where injury occurred, did you wrap it up using non- stick gauze pads or did you just apply it and kept the area uncovered?...and if so, how long?

DThanks Prof. M. cadeloear Sir, are there any products of lavender in softgels or capsules, similar where can I buy???

I would like to know how to make lavender oil or something out of my live lavender plants.

Cut some lavender into small pieces and put it in a clear glass jar and fill it with olive oil or oil of sorts and place the lid on the jar. Put the jarin indirect sunlight for 3 weeks then strain the ingredients out and into a dark colored bottle. All done

i want to use Lavender oil for ring worms..nr inner thighs// and there are some redness and irritation ...how to use essential oil...thanx

Young Living Thieves oil got rid of my sons ring worm on his calf.

Tea tree oil is the absolute best for ring worms. Topical only. But it will take care of it. Also, tea tree oil is good for killing flees, lice, and as a strong deodorizer

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello mkparashar,

Use of essential oil may cause allergic reaction in people with super sensitive skin. If you are developing rashes, its better to seek opinion from your health expert.

I want to use Lavender oil for ring worms nr inner thighs /// how to use it///

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