Lavender Herb Profile

Uses and Benefits of Lavender- many ways to use this beautiful herb

Lavender is by far one of my favorite herbs. Not only is it beautiful, but it has hundreds of uses. It is a fragrant aromatic, a relaxing herb, and it can be used in baking, lotion making, gourmet cooking, tea making, tinctures and much more.

Benefits of Lavender

According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

Lavender has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The German Commission E commended lavender for treating insomnia, nervous stomach, and anxiety. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists lavender as a treatment for flatulence, colic, and depressive headaches, and many modern herbal practitioners use the herb to treat migraines in menopause. In Spain, lavender is added to teas to treat diabetes and insulin resistance.”

According to this website, lavender has the following properties:

  • “Antidepressant
  • Analgesic
  • Antiseptic
  • Cicatrizant
  • Expectorant
  • Nervine
  • Vulnerary

Especially beneficial to the respiratory tract in particular coughs, colds, influenza. Certainly eases breathing when lungs and sinuses are choked with phlegm.
Defends system against airborne viruses.

A refreshing note to a tired mind – lavender has been named as one of the most useful of the essences for the relief of anxiety and stress.
Good for aches and pains and muscle stiffness and may also help with rheumatic discomfort and joint stiffness.”

Uses for Lavender

I use lavender often in many different forms:

  • As a dried herb to make a relaxing herbal tea (I often add Chamomile too) by steeping in hot (not boiling water) for a few minutes and adding honey
  • In a tincture to help promote relaxation and sleep
  • Adding the dried herb to homemade buckwheat pillows or sleep masks to help promote relaxing sleep
  • To sooth sunburns or other burns, I add a few drops of the essential oil to a bottle of cool water and spray on burns to offer relief. The dried herb can also be brewed in to a strong tea and sprayed on instead.
  • A strong lavender tea can be cooled and used as a scalp rinse to help prevent dandruff
  • Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil or a cup of strong brewed lavender tea and a cup of epsom salts to a bath helps relax sore muscles.
  • I sew dried lavender flowers into small satchels and use them in place of dryer sheets in the dryer
  • For headaches, smelling lavender and peppermint oils or rubbing lavender oil  into the temples often helps
  • I often infuse lavender into vinegars for use in cooking or as a skin toner (diluted)
  • The essential oil or lavender infused oil in homemade lotion bars, lotions, whipped body butter and more
  • Lavender essential oil can be used topically to help with acne or skin irritations
  • Simmering dried lavender herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels for a natural air freshener


I personally do not use Lavender Essential Oil internally. There is some evidence that long term regular use of concentrated lavender can cause hormone imbalance in males, so I generally avoid it in things I am making for my husband or sons. Due to its relaxing properties, I would not use in conjunction with any medication that also causes relaxation or sleepiness. I don’t use even the dried or fresh herb internally when pregnant.

Do you use lavender? What is your favorite way to use it? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. says

    Here is something that I heard about lavender… if you are repelled by the scent of lavender, that means that you have abandonment issues. I don’t know if this is true, I learned it at a Women and Spirituality conference about 5 years ago. The thing is, I really did have abandonment issues, and have let go of them — the past 4 years have really been emotionally and spiritually cleansing for me… and now I don’t mind it at ALL. In fact, it is one of my “go-to” EOs for body butter, face cream and homemade shampoo.

    I do not know how accurate this information is, but I thought it was interesting. When I was a baby my mom died and that same year my dad almost died of an infected tumor in his head. Whenever I would be left with a babysitter I would scream and cry hysterically because I was afraid my dad wouldn’t come home. I did this until I was probably 8 or so (I know!!!! But I tell ya, I had extreme abandonment issues). When I was 5, both my grandparents died, within months of each other. And at that point in my life they were the ones I felt most comfortable with.

    So my experience seemed to be right on with what I learned about lavender.

  2. Allie says

    I love lavender too. I use it in so much. My husband’s grandmother recently passed away and I couldn’t fly with him but sent him with a bottle of lavender essential oil and EVOO to put on his and his family’s temples to soothe them. (He’s told me it has helped …)

    The precautions you mentioned have piqued my interest. Where can I find more information about this? Is there a certain research article or book you can suggest?

  3. Cantrell says

    After reading about the benefits of lavender I tried some essential oil on a cystic pimple. The morning after the first application it was significantly smaller, the second morning the pain, redness, and swelling were almost completely gone!

  4. Hannah says

    So do you not even add lavender to your husband’s/son’s shampoos, soaps, or deodorant? Or were you meaning the concern is ONLY when taken internally?

  5. angelo says

    I adore lavender. Right now I am drinking lavender tea with honey because I woke up with a sore throat. I surround myself with the scent before bedtime. Before retiring at night I scent my unscented hand lotion with a drop of two of essential oil and rub it into my hands and arms. Rebecca, I found your comment about those repelled by the scent of lavender having abandonment issues interesting. One of my nieces who had a largely absent mother does not care for lavender. One of the reasons I love it so is that my mother wore Yardley English Lavender cologne. I was able to find it for awhile, I still have a bottle and a half.

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  7. says

    Lavender is a the best Essential Oil. I am amazed at how many times it can be over used though. Just 5 drops in the bath is enough to help with sleep issues and depression.

  8. Wendy says

    I had heard of the use of Lavender before but I thought it was like folklore or something and did not really work. If it does work for sleep and depression I really need to try it. I am sold caregiver to my Mother with dementia and could really use some help for myself and her.

    • donna says

      Bless you Wendy. I was sole caregiver for my mother also from 2008 until she passed away just last July. She too had Alzheimer’s and was 83 when she passed (5 years). During the first six months of 2008 when I had to fly north to court to get guardianship (“custody”) from my brothers who were NOT caring for her properly, I discovered that her Alzheimer’s was so bad she already didn’t know who us kids were most of the time. My thoughts and payers are with you. You are an angel to her whether she or you or loved ones know it or not! Know that you have done and are doing the right thing by caring for the woman who cared for and raised you! If you ever need to vent or just talk, reply to me here and maybe we can “hook up” online. I KNOW how hard it was and feel for you my dear. The worst thing? SHOWERTIME!!! I did learn some tricks though that I would be more than happy to share with you. Donna

  9. Katie says

    I’m starting my own herb garden and I found out through research that to dry lavender can take 2-4 weeks. So I was wondering if lavender was safe to use in tea without drying it and if not is there a faster way of drying them?

  10. Nas says

    Should I be concerned about the store bought lavender baby wash and lavender lotions we use on our grandson every evening????

    • Leah Hamby says

      I would be concerned about almost all bought baby skin products. Nearly all of them have nasty chemicals in them. It is very easy to make your own. Dr Bronners makes a baby soap as well. I use the Dr’s as a main ingredient for shampoo and body wash.

  11. Shirley says

    I LOVE lavender. Lavender lemonade is wonderful…also lemon bars with lavender. I just made a batch of pear nectar/lavender kombucha. It’s different….not distasteful. Will I make it again? I think next time I will try a less-aged kombucha with lavender and lemon juice. That combo rocks! Thanks for the info on here. I just wanted confirmation that its safe to consume on a regular basis.

  12. neafy says

    I take Calm Aid which is a lavender based softgel. It causes awful lavender flavored burp.
    Any suggestions on what to do to stop them?

  13. Aubrey says

    I have lavender in my garden and have been drying flowers in my kitchen. As I have been shaking the seeds out, my whole house smells incredible and my hands have absorbed the fragrance. If you want a few seeds let me know. Growing lavender is easy and I love the flowers. I too had abandonment issues as a young woman and it is strange that I now have a healthy relationship with my dad and now love lavender. Strange coincidence? I tend to get overly stressed, anxious, and get blue moods. Lavender is my new best friend !

    • Leah Hamby says

      Do you think it was the scent without any more interventions/treatments that have helped resolve your abandonment issues?

  14. Catherine says

    Personally, I have tried Lavander, its highly soothing and relaxing. Rub it on your forehead, shoulder, back of the Neck, Under your feet, and say bye-bye to stress.

  15. Dan says

    I use the flowers for tea or add them in a tub of hot water with other relaxing bath herbs. For the essential oil i use both spike and Bulgarian lavender. Spike lavender is stimulating while regular lavender is relaxing. I have used lavender oil for burns, cuts, relaxing baths, clay facial scrubs, facial toners, and moisterizers, bed linen sprays, and all purpose cleaners. There are too many things you can do with it. That is why it is considered one of the most used oils.

  16. Colleen says

    I know you mentioned to not add lavender to my soaps, lotions and shampoos for my boys but to add citrus… Will using citrus make them sun-sensitive? What would be another good oil for boys? Thanks!

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