Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has long been known for its anxiolytic, sleep-promoting properties. It also has a myriad of other benefits, including alleviating anxiety, soothing pain, treating burns and wounds, lifting low moods, increasing hair growth and more.
But the best part is – it’s not just us grown-ups who benefit from the soothing, sleep-promoting powers of lavender. Even infants can fall into a restful slumber with the help of lavender, which can help them sleep longer and more deeply. So, where do you put lavender oil for sleep?
One of the most popular ways to use lavender essential oil is with a diffuser or vaporiser. Place a few drops in your chosen device, turn it on and switch it on 20-30 minutes before bedtime to fill the room with the relaxing aroma and help you unwind. You can also try a lavender-scented room mist – mix a few drops of lavender with water in a spray bottle, then apply to your pillow before bed.
Another great way to use lavender is in a massage oil. Mix lavender with a carrier oil such as coconut oil to create a calming and restorative blend that’s ideal for before-bed relaxation. You can also add in other oils, such as ylang ylang or frankincense, to boost the sleep-promoting effects of your oil.
Aside from its sleep-promoting properties, lavender has been shown to lower REM and deep sleep phases in the brain, thus making it easier to drift off. Plus, it’s a natural anxiolytic, meaning it reduces anxiety levels to about the same level as a low dose of the prescription sleep aid lorazepam.