Whether it's stress at work or the kids' homework, life's hectic pace can make sleep a challenge. And when you're not getting enough snooze, the effects can linger into the day and even affect your health.
Inhaling lavender oil is a simple way to improve your sleep. Research shows that the scent can help you fall asleep faster and improve your quality of sleep throughout the night. Plus, it can reduce the symptoms of insomnia and other sleep disorders.
When inhaled, lavender oil's pleasant fragrance has been known to calm the mind and elevate mood. It also triggers the release of endorphins, which can lift your spirits and improve your outlook. And it has been shown to increase slow-wave sleep, the deep, restful phase of the sleep cycle. This can lead to feeling refreshed upon waking.
You can reap the benefits of this relaxing herb by applying diluted lavender oil to your pillow before going to bed. You can also use a diffuser to fill your room with the soothing aroma. Just make sure to use a safe, high-quality essential oil and always follow the manufacturer's guidelines.
Massage a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil (refer to our dilution guide) and rub it on your temples, behind your ears, on pulse points such as the wrists and the back of your neck, or on the bottom of your feet. Then, lie down and drift off to dreamland.