25 Creative Lavender Uses for the Home, Skin, and Hair
Lavender’s classic scent notes of clean, calm, fresh, and floral make it quite easy to infuse many areas of life. This adaptable aroma has made it popular for many household items such as soaps, cleaners, and even decoration.
Although often selected for its scent, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is packed full of therapeutic properties. For example, it is useful for dry cracked or peeling lips as it soothes pain and aids healing due to lavenders’ antibacterial and antiseptic properties (Foster, 1993; McIntyre, 1996).
And one of the most natural places to use lavender is in the bedroom, as its aroma has been shown to improve your sleep by slowing down the heart rate and blood pressure, thus putting you in a relaxed state, according to a study by the University of Miami School of Medicine published in the Wall Street Journal.
However, it doesn’t end there – lavender’s versatility lends to freshening cleaning methods, soothing skincare, and relaxing daily routines. Discover 25 multi-purpose lavender uses to bring into your home with the projects below.
And I’ve broken it down into three categories: fresh lavender uses, dried lavender uses, and lavender essential oil uses so you can make something with what you have on hand.
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Fresh Lavender Uses:
What can you do with fresh-cut lavender? Let me count the ways! As with any fresh ingredient, you’ll want to use it quickly. Therefore turn to any one of these fresh lavender uses.
#1 For starters, fresh lavender will last up to ten days arranged in a container of water. Therefore fill your home with fresh-cut lavender flowers.
#2 Create a simple, homemade lip scrub with fresh lavender buds to shed dead skin cells. This allows moisturizers like a lip balm to soak in faster and lipstick to last longer and go on smoother!!
#3 Indulge in an enriching mint lavender mineral bath with fresh lavender flowers right from your garden. Or simply add a dash of fresh lavender to your bath.
#4 Is your skin dull or lacking luster? Make a face steam with fresh lavender. It’s one of the simplest yet effective skin care treatments.
Dried Lavender Uses:
A classic and age-old addition to soaps and household products, dried lavender will last for years when stored properly. Use the quick tips below on how to dry lavender or purchase organic dried lavender buds.
How do you dry lavender flowers?
1st Step: Cut matured lavender flowers just above the leaves and gather them into a bunch. If you are drying flowers you’ve had arranged in vases of water, make sure to cut off any brown parts in the stems.
2nd Step: Tie the stems together with twine or a rubber band at the base of the stems.
3rd Step: Hang the bunch of lavender flowers upside down in a dark place away from the sunlight to protect the color.
4th Step: Allow lavender to dry for two to four weeks.
Now with dried lavender in hand here’s a multitude of DIY lavender projects to make!
#5 It only takes a few minutes to create these amazingly soft, melt in the shower smoothing lavender salt bars! Use them to exfoliate and moisturize your skin.
#6 If you have a bounty of dried lavender flowers from your herb garden, make lavender linen sachets to freshen your home, a tradition since Roman Times.
#7 While a warm bath alone can be incredibly relaxing after a long day chasing your toddler, taking your bath up a notch with homemade lavender rose oatmeal bath fizzes is even better!
#9 What is quite possibly the best way to fragrance your home? Why, candles, of course! For instance, not only do they fragrance your home, but they also make a beautiful decoration- especially in mason jars with dried lavender flowers. Make a set of pressed flower mason jar candles to keep or gift.
#10 Do you kick your shoes off every chance you get and walk barefoot whenever possible? I’ve always been one to avoid wearing shoes. Consequently, I’m sure you can guess what walking barefoot leads to… Say, “Goodbye” too rough heels with a handmade softening coconut lavender foot scrub!
#11 Moreover, if your skin feels dry or rough in other places than your heels, use dried lavender in a refreshing lemon lavender sugar scrub. It’s one of my favorite scrubs to make.
#12 Do your carpets need a little revive? Use dried lavender in a super, simple carpet powder recipe. It will make your home smell amazing and deodorize your carpet.
#13 Need some R&R? Pour yourself a soothing chamomile lavender milk bath. It’s an enjoyable method to practice self-care.
#14 Similarly, one of the best uses for lavender is sleep! Create a bowl of sleep tight bath salts for a restorative sleep-inducing bath ritual to ease away end-of-day anxieties and lull you to sleep.
Lavender Essential Oil Uses:
Truly the most versatile of all essentials oils, lavender doesn’t slack in any form. It’s actually one of the only essential oils that you can apply to just about any skin area without dilution. Try any one of these ways to use lavender essential oil below.
#15 The next time you feel a case of the itchy take a long warm milk bath. Second, lather on this all-natural DIY whipped body butter for lasting relief infused with calming lavender essential oil.
#16 One of the easiest ways to utilize lavender for sleep is in a pillow spray! If you’ve tried several other tactics to fall asleep – put this one at the top of your list.
#17 If you thought that lavender uses ended with sleep, cleaning, or the skin. Think again! Lavender essential oil is AMA-zing for hair too. Make a homemade hair detangler to put a stop to tangles.
#18 Moreover, another great way to use lavender to calm dry, itchy skin is in a natural DIY chamomile lavender body wash. It only takes minutes to make a bottle you can enjoy for a month or two.
#19 The scent of lavender always reminds me of freshness and comfort. Use lavender essential oil in a simple vanilla lavender linen mist.
#20 Speaking of comfort and linens, did you know you can make your own laundry detergent infused with lavender oil? Grab my borax-free laundry detergent recipe here.
#21 Do you use dry shampoo in between shampooing or after working out? Make a dry shampoo spray with a combination of rosemary and lavender essential oil to keep your hair looking fresh and smelling incredible!
#22 On the other hand, when it comes to beautiful skin, we often overlook one component that plays a huge role in the health of our skin. Can you guess? The cleanliness of our makeup brushes! Give them a deep clean with a DIY natural makeup brush cleaner.
#23 Homemade Bubble Bath Anyone? Those two words, bubble + bath… What’s more relaxing than a bubble bath for your body and soul? You love it, your kids love it, what’s not to love?
#24 Tame your frizzy hair with a DIY anti frizz spray you can make in mere minutes! It is the quickest solution I’ve found to overcome the effect humidity has on hair.
#25 In short, I saved the best lavender use for last – whipped DIY shaving cream! This natural shaving cream recipe will leave your legs silky soft.
And the uses for lavender don’t end there. It’s popular and adaptable aroma make it quite practical to infuse into many areas of your life. Which one of these creative lavender uses for home, skin, or hair are you going to try first?
Foster, Steven. (1993). Herbal renaissance. Layton, UT: Peregrine Smith Books.
McIntyre, Anne. (1996). Flower power. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, Inc.