Lavender Essential For Skin

Can Lavender Essential Oil Be Applied Directly Onto The Skin?

There has been much debate about whether essential oils can be applied directly onto the skin, or whether they should be diluted into a carrier oil, such as olive or sweet almond? It is an accepted fact that the majority of essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin and you should never apply essential oils to broken skin, such as cuts or grazes.

Also, no essential oil should ever be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women and qualified advice should be taken before using essential oils if you have epilepsy, asthma or a number of other health conditions.

However, there is a growing body that claims that both lavender and tea tree essential oils can be applied directly to the skin.

So is it both safe and advisable to apply lavender essential oil directly to the skin, and in what cases should you do so?

The short answer is that yes, a lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin. However, as with all aromatherapy oils, we do not advise using lavender oil without consulting a qualified aromatherapist or getting a solid grounding in knowledge from one of the great Aromatherapy manuals available.

Aromatherapy by Christine Westwood is available from our Books sections and will provide you with sensible, down-to-earth information about the 42 most common essential oils.


So what are the circumstances where you would apply lavender essential oil directly to the skin?


To treat headaches and migraines – massage 1 or 2 drops of our wonderful lavender essential oil directly into the temples. Lavender oil is mildly analgesic (pain killing) and so this can really help to sooth the pounding in your head before, or in addition to, reaching for the pharmaceutical pain killers.

To treat burns and sunburn – lavender essential oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, so a few drops applied topically to burns will have a wonderfully soothing effect.

Lavender is also anti-bacterial so can help to ensure that the burn remains clean thus promoting faster healing.

Especially for the treatment of sunburn, or just to provide a wonderful cooling sensation in the heat, add a few drops if lavender oil to a spray bottle of mineral water and spritz onto the skin.

To treat warts – simply apply a drop of lavender essential oil directly to the wart three times a day for a week. The wart may initially look red, but should drop off quickly.

To treat spots and skin irritations –
lavender’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties can make it a fantastic treatment for sebaceous spots and acne.

Not only does it kill the bacteria etc from the spot, but its anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce spot size, redness and swelling.

Along with these uses, lavender essential oil can also be mixed into a variety of carriers to treat a plethora or other conditions. Read next week’s blog to find out more.

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Lavender oil has a multitude of amazing uses, but I think that a ruptured ear-drum requires more specialist assistance. I would strongly recommend your doctor or physician as your first port of call if you have a ruptured eardrum.


Lavender oil and tea tree oil sting when I use them on my face. Does that mean I’m allergic, or does it mean that I need to dilute it?
Also — can I dilute with water rather than a carrier oil?

Jersey Lavender

Difficult to know why it stings. It shouldn’t, so I would stop and get some proper professional advice. Diluting the oil will certainly reduce any negative effects of using the pure oil, and if fact I would say that on the sensitive face you should NEVER use pure undiluted oil. An allergic reaction would normally have symptoms worse than stinging. You cannot dilute it with water – the water and oil do not mix. You need to dilute it with a carrier oil or cream. Sweet almond oil is nice, but there are many alternative carrier oils that you could use. Vaseline or E45 cream work as well.


If using lavender essential oil for sleep, where on the body should I apply it ? Thank You,,, Kris

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