Improve Sleep with Lavender Oil

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"Lavender is a flower plant that belongs to the mint family which exudes a fragrant smell that helps in slowing down the heart rate, lowering the blood pressure and moving the body into a relaxed state. Studies have shown that the scent of lavender helps in easing anxiety and insomnia, and it also helps in giving a deeper and better quality of sleep for its users."

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Lavender oil is most commonly known as a "calming oil" and it has been often used to help balance the body. It can also be used in a number of other ways, such as helping you sleep better, reducing stress and calming the nerves. The scent of the lavender helps in inducing the brain into a slow wave sleep or a deep slumber resulting to a more relaxed and refreshing rest. It is during this deep slumber that the brain is able to relax itself more.

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The essential oil plays a vital part in ensuring the effectiveness of lavender in the body, the consistency by which the compounds found in essential oils are built upon helps in ensuring that the needs of the organs and the cells are addressed.

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Lavender properties

  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-toxic
  • Versatile: Can be used as a food and drink flavoring, cleaning material and for relaxation purposes
  • Helps in achieving a well balanced mind and body

Sleep & relaxation

  • Sleep inducing
  • Stress reliever
  • Whole body relaxation

Improve your sleep by making use of lavender oil before sleeping.

How to use lavender oil

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    To help create a more peaceful sleep, include lavender oil in your bath time before sleeping
    Mix out a 5 to 6 drops of lavender oil in your bath water to help relieve all the stress from work and your day. Include lavender petals for a more romantic effect.
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    Pour a portion of your lavender oil into a tissue and tuck it under your bed
    The scent from the oil will last longer as it seeps in under your pillow.
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    You could also rub a few drops of the lavender oil on your feet to help prep your mind and body for a good night's sleep
    Giving your feet a few minutes of massage alerts your body that you're ready to take your rest.
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    Place a few drops of lavender oil on your temples to help reduce stress
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    Add other essential oils like olive oil and peppermint on your lavender oil to help soothe your body and mind in reducing stress simply apply a small amount on your temples, neck and the bottom of your feet
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    Use an aroma diffuser to strengthen the aroma from the lavender - the heat from the candle will help in spreading the scent around the room
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Other functions and uses of the lavender include the following:

Skin body wellness

  • Treatment of bruises; lavender also has disinfectant properties
  • Eases insect bites
  • Treatment of sunburns - prevents peeling and scarring on skin
  • Skin moisturizer - pour oil on your skin that's experiencing dryness to help soothe and soften the skin
  • Hair conditioner - add 3 to 5 drops of lavender oil in coconut oil to make it an instant perfumed hair softener and conditioner. Leave on hair for at least 30 minutes.

Medicinal use

  • Relieves arthritis
  • Relieves headaches
  • Alleviates depression
  • Lowers blood pressure

Home & kitchen use

  • Air freshener
  • Insect repellent
  • Fragrant fabric conditioner

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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Categories : Holistic Nutrition

Recent edits by: Eng, Rebecca M., Lynn

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