How to Burn Lavender

Updated February 21, 2017

Lavender candles, incense, essential oils and dried lavender have a light, flowery fragrance used for centuries to relieve stress and promote relaxation and sleep. Some religious groups and superstitious individuals believe that the plant's scent can bring wealth, love, health or protection. Burning lavender is the most effective way to disperse its scent throughout a room.

Fill the top of an oil burner with water.

Add one or two drops of lavender essential oil to the water.

Light a tea light and place it underneath the burner to heat the water and oil so they evaporate as steam.

Cut lavender stalks and flowers and hang them in a warm spot away from direct sunlight to dry. Lavender should completely dry out within two weeks.

Place sand in the bottom of a dish to insulate it. Place a lavender stalk with or without flowers over the sand.

Light one end of the lavender stalk as you would light an incense stick. Blow out the flame so the lavender continues burning without producing fire.


Do not leave burning lavender unattended. Do not let water evaporate in your oil burner, as this could cause it to crack.

Things You'll Need

  • Oil burner
  • Tea light
  • Metal, shell or ceramic dish
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