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9 Great Uses for Lavender

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9 Great Uses for Lavender

A friend of mine calls lavender the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because you can use it in so many ways. I prefer to think of it as the perfect way to start and end my day. From fresh lavender bouquets to dried lavender petals to essence of lavender oil, Mother Nature has created a seemingly endless way to incorporate this delicate plant into our lives. Here are some of my favorites.

* Mosquito Repellent – Add 10-12 drops of essence of lavender oil to an 8oz. spritzer bottle filled with water, and spray.

* Perfume - Dab a drop of lavender oil behind each ear, on the inside of each wrist, and on the nape of your neck. You don’t want the scent to be overpowering, just present enough to smell special.

* Bath Oil - Add several drops of lavender oil to a warm bath. Soak, and relax. I like to add the oil right under the running water to diffuse the scent a bit more. If you don’t have oil at hand, you’ll easily be able to find lavender-infused soap.

* Laundry Freshener - Put a few drops of lavender oil on a towel and then toss the towel in with other laundry to dry. What a natural way to skip dryer sheets.

* Reduce Swelling and Sore Muscles –  Add lavender oil to ointment you use to relieve aches and pains. Some moms I know dab a little lavender oil on swollen lips.

* Deodorant – My favorite deodorants are baking soda-based, then infused with lavender oil.

* Bouquets – Fill small vases with fresh sprigs of deep purple lavender in bloom to add texture and cheer to any room. Dry bouquets of lavender flowers and leaves, then add them to other dried blooms and thistles for a dried arrangement full of color and texture.

* Overall Aromatherapy – Dry lavender flowers, then mound them in a small bowl or basket in your bathroom, laundry room or bedroom. Every now and then, crumple the flowers a bit to release their wonderful smell. You can also fill small mesh bags with dried lavender and tuck them in your sock drawers or among your lingerie, or let them dangle off the head rest facing the back seat in your car. Put diffuser sticks in small bottles of lavender oil to let the scent infuse living room, family room or office. Sprinkle a few scant drops on your pillowcase for greater ease in drifting off to sleep. Choose lavender-scented soy candles.

* Tea and Chocolate - Lavender is showing up in tea, chocolate, cookies, mints and more.

What’s your favorite use for lavender? Please share.


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Diane MacEachern

Diane MacEachern is a best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur and mother of two with a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and the Environment. Glamour magazine calls her an “eco hero” and she recently won the “Image of the Future Prize” from the World Communications Forum, but she’d rather tell you about the passive solar house she helped design and build way back when most people thought “green” was the color a building was painted, not how it was built. She founded because she’s passionate about inspiring consumers to shift their spending to greener products and services to protect themselves and their families while using their marketplace clout to get companies to clean up their act. Send her an email at


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3:29AM PDT on Oct 6, 2015

Yo I love lavender! Thanks for the article :)

4:47AM PDT on Sep 28, 2015


2:42AM PDT on Sep 11, 2015

thanks for the article.

10:40AM PDT on Sep 4, 2015

Classic flower with countless uses. I have three huge lavender plants in my garden and LOVE the smell.

11:32PM PDT on Sep 2, 2015

Wonderful herb, wonderful scent.

1:38AM PDT on Aug 31, 2015

Extremely Beautiful flower Amazing scent

11:49PM PDT on Aug 28, 2015

These are all great things, but I want to know where I can get these benefits without it being lavender! The smell of lavender and I are not friends. New goal, find things that benefit me like lavender, but smell better to me!

11:14PM PDT on Aug 26, 2015


8:28AM PDT on Aug 26, 2015

This photograph is so gorgeous!

6:19PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

I just love using lavender essential oil. I use it on my pillowcase and in a spray to freshen the house.

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