Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils out there for good reason. It is one of the most gentle and versatile oils available. It is maybe best known for its calming and relaxing capabilities. In addition to this, it also has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can be helpful with burns, wounds, insect bites/stings, and other skin problems. Lavender is one of the few oils that could be applied directly to the skin without dilution. We would still recommend diluting it in a carrier oil, unless you are using it for a very acute condition, such as an insect bite.