When you're struggling to get enough sleep, it can feel like a never-ending struggle. But there are natural solutions to help you get better rest. One of these is lavender oil. It can calm you and make it easier to fall asleep, even when your mind is racing with worries. It's important to use the right kind of lavender, though. Different types of lavender can actually have the opposite effect. Check that the bottle says 'Lavandula Angustifolia,' which is the type most effective for sleep and relaxation.
Lavender oil contains chemical components such as linalol and linalyl acetate that act as anxiety relievers and sedatives. When diluted and applied topically, lavender can help you relax and get to sleep easier. The best way to apply lavender for sleep is to place a few drops on your temples or neck before bed. You can also use it in a diffuser to fill the room with calming aromas that will prepare you for sleep.
In a study published in the journal Psychiatry Research, researchers found that sleeping in rooms scented with lavender essential oil led to a reduction in REM sleep and increased periods of slow-wave sleep. Lavender has also been shown to improve PTSD symptoms.
You can put lavender in your bath or add it to a carrier oil and rub on your temples, neck, and wrists before you go to sleep. You can also make a sleep mist by adding lavender to water in a spray bottle. You can also use lavender as a natural painkiller by rubbing it on sore or achy parts of your body. Lavender oil's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce pain, promote blood circulation, ease muscle soreness, and aid in cellular and muscular repair to improve sleep quality.