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How to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Burns

One of the many, many amazing things about essential oils is that they are so versatile. Each oil has a number of different uses. And when you need help with allergies or a headache or energy, there are many essential oils to choose from. But when it comes to burns, there is one oil that is better than all the rest: Lavender. It is unsurpassed in its ability to help soothe burns, promote healing and smooth scars. Even if you use it for nothing else, Lavender Essential Oil belongs in your collection.

But first, if you’re dealing with anything more than a minor burn (ie. 2nd or 3rd-degree burns), seek medical attention immediately. Essential oils should not be used as a substitute for proper medical care. With that out of the way, let’s dive in.

Rene Gattefosse’s Burn (And Why It Matters)

If you spend enough time in the aromatherapy world then chances are you’ll hear the story of Rene Gettefosse and how he discovered the healing effects of Lavender on burns (more specifically gas gangrene). As the story goes, he experienced a horrible chemical burn while working in his lab. He immediately plunged his hands into a nearby liquid, not knowing it was Lavender, and noticed how it soothed his skin and helped heal his burns.  But this isn’t quite how things went down. Gettefosse did burn his hands in a lab accident and he did use Lavender to help heal the burns, but it wasn’t an accident that he used Lavender. He wrote in his book Aromatherapie (which is incidentally the first use of the word aromatherapy in print!) that after he cooled his burns, he used Lavender to stop the continued burning of his skin and start healing the healing process. [1] Thanks to Gattefosse, we know what this amazing oil can do!


Why Lavender?

Lavender is well-known for its skin-nourishing abilities. It helps with everything from soothing irritation to smoothing wrinkles to reducing the appearance of scars. Because it has anti-bacterial properties, it makes it a great choice for healing minor scrapes, and in this case, burns. A recent study even found that Lavender promotes wound healing and increases collagen synthesis. [2] In short, its ability to soothe irritation and promote healing make it the best choice for your burns.

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Diluting for Burns

When you apply essential oils for burns, as you would for any topical application, it’s important to dilute your essential oils. This ensures you won’t have a risk of sensitization or further skin irritation, which would only worsen the problem. Luckily, with more acute situations like small burns, you can dilute at a higher percentage than you would for normal everyday use.

When you’re first applying Lavender after the burn, dilute it to 10% in a carrier oil, or better yet, use Aloe Jelly.  That would be 15 drops in a teaspoon of carrier. Depending on the size of the burn, you can make a bigger batch. As you continue to use Lavender over the next few days to help speed healing, reduce down to a 5% dilution rate, or 7-8 drops in a teaspoon.


Double the Relief

Aloe Vera is another natural ingredient that is known for its ability to help soothe burns and speed up burn wound healing. [3]  If you want to use fresh Aloe on your burn, go for it! However, because it is water-based, it will not properly emulsify your essential oils. You can get the best of both worlds with our Aloe Jelly. It contains the nourishing Aloe as well as the emulsifiers and preservatives that are necessary for adding essential oils to the mix. If you want to make things easier, you can go for our Lavender Aloe Jelly which has the Lavender prediluted. Lavender Hydrosol is another gentle way to take advantage of the cooling and soothing benefits of Lavender whenever you need it. Plus the hydrosol is safe for babies and young children.

Essential oils, carrier oils, and hydrosols can help with dry skin

Essential Oils for Sunburns

We all know that regularly applying sunscreen is important for protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and preventing skin damage. But we get it, sunburns still happen. This DIY combines the healing and properties of Lavender and Aloe Vera Jelly with the skin-loving benefits of Frankincense and Helichrysum.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Dilute in an ounce of Aloe Vera Jelly and apply to the area of concern.


Important note: Lavender comes in many forms. Feel free to use Lavender Fine, Lavender Diva or Lavender Flower CO2 with your burns. Lavandin and Spike Lavender can also help with burns, but their chemical composition is slightly different as they are higher in camphor, which has antibacterial properties, and 1,8 cineole, which has anti-inflammatory properties.


[1] Retrieved from

[2] Mori, H. M., Kawanami, H., Kawahata, H., & Aoki, M. (2016). Wound healing potential of lavender oil. Retrieved from

[3] Maenthaisong, Ratree & Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn & Niruntraporn, Surachet & Kongkaew, Chuenjid. (2007). The efficacy of Aloe vera used for burn wound healing: A systematic review. Retrieved from



12 thoughts on “How to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Burns”

  • A burn can be a very painful injury, but with the right steps and remedies you can heal quickly. The first step is to determine if your burn is serious or not. If it is worse than a sunburn then you’ll want to get medical attention immediately because it could cause infection, scarring, or other more serious problems. and know about best towel to dry your car .

  • Did you know that lavender essential oil has been used for centuries to heal burns? Lavender is known as an anti-inflammatory, which reduces the pain and swelling of a burn. It also helps with healing by speeding up skin cell regeneration.

  • My first aid kit in the kitchen. I was amazed at how it worked. My pot holder slipped, and my thumb held the baking dish which I took out from the oven. My finger was throbbing with pain, and I remembered, lavender. Within 10 secs, the pain stopped. And the blister didn’t develop. After a few days, the burnt skin showed up but it was a healed white skin. From that point onwards, I never ran out of a bottle of lav.

  • I have been using lavender for burns for many years. I keep a bottle in the kitchen. It is instant relief and no blisters. Could not do without it.

  • Hi ,
    Thanks for sharing such great information about lavender essential oil. As Lavender is one of my favorite essential oil i use this oil daily for sleeping, It have healing properties which in getting a good sleep at night. so you can also used in this way also.

  • This is extremely helpful to know! I was dealing with a burn recently and really struggled to find good information on the internet as to how to deal with it naturally.

  • I have been learning more about hydrosols and jellies and I appreciate this article on the reasons why to have Lavender Aloe Jelly or the hydrosol in our medicine cabinets. Thank you Plant Therapy!!

  • I am a big believer of using lavender for burns. I recently burned my pointer finger by touching a iron poker used to stoke the fireplace. It hurt terribly but I immediately put lavender on and an Ice pack. This burn never even blistered! Wow!

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