Let’s face it, we have all had nights where sleep just wouldn’t come. For some of us, those nights are more frequent and that can lead to a host of additional struggles.
Sleep is necessary for good health and productivity.
So, what if we employed lavender essential oil for sleep? Would things in our world of rest, or unrest, be drastically altered?
Would we wake renewed and refreshed like we’re supposed to?
While I can’t guarantee that lavender essential oil will cure all your sleep disturbance issues, I can provide you with enough information to make the decision to try it for yourself.
Well, that one’s easy. Lavender essential oil is believed to aid sleep due to its calming and soothing qualities that produce sedative effects.
It increases slow wave sleep, which helps to reduce heart rate and relax the muscles.
So lavender helps you enjoy a deep restful sleep that makes you wake up the next morning refreshed and full of energy.
Better sleep is just one of the many lavender essential oil benefits. Medicine of old reveals that lavender was thought to be, and used as, an aphrodisiac.
It is also great for pain relief and calming anxiety. Even more ancient history reveals that Romans and Egyptians utilized lavender in their baths, perfumes, and recipes.
They valued it for its myriad benefits, particularly its calming and relaxing qualities. Though we are sure the aphrodisiac aspect wasn’t lost on them either.
Studies on using lavender oil for sleep show that it has the ability to ease insomnia and anxiety.
One study involved 67 midlife women who suffered from insomnia. One group received lavender aromatherapy 20 minutes at a time, twice a week for 2 weeks, while the control group received sleep hygiene education.
The result showed that the aromatherapy group experienced improved overall score of sleep quality, while the control group did not experience any improvement.
Another study involved 158 women in their postpartum period. The aromatherapy group inhaled lavender oil that was dropped on cotton balls. The control group inhaled a placebo. This was done 4 times a week for 8 weeks.
The result again revealed that the aromatherapy group experienced improved sleep quality, while the control group didn’t.
Lavender oil aromatherapy has also been found to significantly reduce insomnia in female college students and to improve sleep quality in hospitalized adult patients.
There are different ways you can use lavender essential oil for sleep and they include:
You can also use it in massage oils, sachets, sleep masks, candles, and bath salts. You can even infuse your pillows with dried lavender flowers.
Even though lavender essential oil is considered one of the safest essential oils when properly used and diluted there is still a chance of being allergic to it. Always do a skin test prior to using any new essential oil including lavender.
See my sections on topical use and other essential oil safety concerns:
Lack of sleep can actually be quite detrimental, even dangerous. Those who struggle to get enough sleep each night will find that a number of problematic situations arise.
The following are the things that can be attributed to a lack of sleep:
Believe it or not, poor sleep has also been linked to the loss of libido, an increased risk of cancer and accidents, as well as accelerated aging.
It’s easy to see, now, why sleep is so important. So you can start enjoying better sleep with lavender essential oil.
If you have other ideas for the best uses of lavender for sleep, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.