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October 30, 2007

Lavender: 10 Natural Health Benefits and Healing Uses

By Worker Bee

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be highlighting the health benefits of various herbs that offer natural healing properties.

Lavender: Benefits

10. Scent

Crush fresh lavender between your fingers or rub lavender oil on your temples for a soothing dose of aromatherapy stress relief. Lavender relieves anxiety and tension naturally.

9. Tea

Did you know that steeping a small handful of lavender flowers in boiling water creates a healthful herbal tea? This is just as effective as chamomile for promoting sleep and helping to soothe frazzled nerves.

8. Perfume

Lavender oil makes a nice, chemical-free alternative to perfumes and colognes. Dab a little at the back of your neck or wrists to smell clean and light.

7. Bath

Adding either oil or fresh buds to a hot bath will promote relaxation and ease tired muscles.

6. Sleep accessories

Tie up fresh flowers in a satchel, small pillow case, or reusable eye pillow. Lavender helps you to sleep better.

5. Skin relief

Is your skin burned, chafed or irritated? Add some lavender oil to your moisturizer or a spray water bottle and apply or mist your skin generously.

4. Sweet, fresh-scented laundry

Tie up a bundle of lavender blossoms in a cloth and add them to the dryer cycle when you do laundry. It beats those chemical sheets!

3. Cuts and scrapes

Lavender has natural antiseptic properties. Use lavender oil as a protective salve instead of rubbing alcohol (this is a nice alternative for children).

2. Dandruff

Between vinegar and lavender, who needs those harsh chemical shampoos? Steep lavender as you would to make tea; allow to cool and use as a rinse daily until dandruff is cleared up.

1. Recipes

Lavender makes an unusual, floral accent in many dishes. Reader Sarah C. grills peach halves wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and tops them with a sprinkling of lavender flowers and crushed black pepper. Get creative!

Further reading:

10 Unusual Flavor Combinations for Bored Tastebuds

The Many Uses of Vinegar

13 Simple, Timeless Kitchen Hacks

Easy, Natural Household Cleaners You Can Make Yourself (Chemical-free!)

via Health Mad

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26 Comments on "Lavender: 10 Natural Health Benefits and Healing Uses"


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8 years 11 months ago

lavender is a truly remarkable tool and that is why i invented the “aromahand”. thanks for the great post….

8 years 11 months ago

Who knew that lavender flowers had that many uses?

Alternative Medicine Zone
8 years 11 months ago

We can use lavender for pain relief, relaxation, depression, burns, skin infections, and rheumatism.

8 years 11 months ago

11. Smell like a girl.

Lavender is fine for women, but not for the vast majority of men.

How about sharing some manly substances? 😉

Jim Zinc
Jim Zinc
5 years 4 months ago

Who’s cares? As long as it works!

3 years 4 months ago

Give Sandelwood a shot. It smells amazing.

8 years 11 months ago

There was a blogger who also made lavender ice cream. It looked really good.


[…] the burner at MDA: Look out for more interesting, useful articles on herbs this month, and don’t miss Mark’s Holiday Survival Guide, which starts next […]

8 years 11 months ago

One word of caution though. Through years of trial and error someone I know has discovered that significant contact with lavender oil for them brings on a UTI. Something as simple as a back massage using lavender oil or a bath in salts infused with essential lavender oil can bring on the symptoms in 24 hours. This was discovered only thought trial and error so a word to the wise….


[…] As part of our fall series on the healing powers of herbs, check out this week’s focus on oregano! (And don’t miss last week’s tips for lavender.) […]


[…] the blog this month, you’ve learned all about the nutritional, healing benefits of herbs like lavender and oregano. This week’s focus is the herb sage, a perfect complement to fall flavors and […]

7 years 7 months ago

I agree that lavender is really a gift from nature since it is so versitle and healthy. I love the smell and like to put it in my bath. It’s like a little vacation!


[…] Lavender: 10 Natural Health Benefits and Healing Uses – Lavender is a great scent, but it also works as a flavor in recipes, and as a protective salve. […]

ruby shand
ruby shand
5 years 2 months ago
lavender, like everybody said is very good for all different types of things. for example; i made lavender cakes with lavender icing made from fresh buds and flowers from my garden. they taste delicious and have a unique taste which is exactly like the smell but sweet and not as powerful. just soak a couple of teaspoons of buds in milk overnight and use in any cake recipe that uses milk(works best as muffins)i used 1.5 cup plain flour 1 cup caster sugar 2tsp baking powder 5tbsp butter (whisk at this stage) 130ml of the rested lavender milk (whisk again)… Read more »
3 years 10 months ago

Thank you for some other informative site. The place else could I get that kind of information written in such a perfect method? I’ve a mission that I am simply now operating on, and I’ve been at the glance out for such information.

3 years 9 months ago
Hi Mark, I’ve really enjoyed reading the Daily Apple, and tried the Paleo Diet a couple of years ago with great success, lost 16kg and 4″ off my waist, more energy, no indigestion, much lower blood pressure and sleep better too. No doubt in my mind Primal works. The comments on Lavender were interesting and I have found all those uses, work but thought I would share the following in relation to dandruff and hair. I stopped using shampoo, conditioner or any other product on my hair 10 years ago and dandruff, itchy scalp, all in the past. I wash… Read more »

[…] I did some digging and not only does lavender perform very well in a scrub for your skin, there are tons of other benefits of using lavender, like reduced stress, improved sleep, and even dandruff control! You can check out some more benefits here. […]

2 years 11 months ago

Lavender Essential Oil can be used in moderation and still have great positive effects. Just 5 drops in a bath can help get you to sleep and relieve stress. Moderate usage is the key.

Ramona Deleon
2 years 6 months ago

I buy the dried Lavender flowers at the local natural foods store,clean it{its very dusty and has lots of unwanted debris},then I rinse it in warm water for a few minutes,then HOT water for like a minute.The last step seems to bring out the flavor.Then I let it drain,and eat it during the day as a snack food.Like one would eat a granola mix.Its delicious and actually sort of dampens ones appetite.Its so addicting,but takes a while for your tongue and mouth to get used to it.I know it sounds weird,but right now? Its my absolutely favorite food!~

2 years 5 months ago
True story: I had a friend into essential oils who had given me a few including lavender, along with much hype. I ignored all this, and the tiny bottles. Months later, trying to get the neighbor’s chocolate labrador out of the street before he ended up hit by a car or something, in his Great Excitement At Play (how he interpreted my efforts), he ended up coming down from a bounce and hooked a claw in my arm, ripping it open in a turning motion from near the elbow to the other side of the wrist. It wasn’t so deep… Read more »
1 year 11 months ago

Lavender oil poured straight on to a burn can prevent it from even blistering. It has some amazing healing powers for burns. I have never tried it for wounds but reading the story above I defintely will now.


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1 year 7 months ago

Thanks for the article! I love lavender and use it just about every day! Lavender oil benefits are so extensive!


[…] does not even have to have some special preparation.  If you are stressed, just rub some between your fingers.   The aroma has some incredible results.  Its even been […]


[…] 8. Therapeutic Shampoo: In addition to smelling lovely, rinsing your scalp daily with a steeped lavender tea can help to relieve itchy skin and clear up dandruff issues. […]