With our ever increasing schedules, commitments and daily distractions, such as the weekly shopping list, home improvements, bills and work related stress, it is a wonder that we actually manage to sleep at all!
Whether you have a new baby whose schedule is to wake you up at 3am, your worried about a new promotion at work or if you suffer from insomnia finding something that helps, that doesn’t have a list of ingredients that resembles a chemistry project can seem almost as unattainable as a good nights rest, but fear not, there is a natural alternative that is known for its effectiveness when it comes to catching a few winks.
It is said that to achieve a good nights rest we require 7.5-9 hours sleep, however with the average adult only getting 5-7 hours a night it is easy to see why there has been an increase in natural sleep remedies.
Lavender is one of the most powerful and effective essential oils, and for good reason, it has the power to take us back to our childhood with its scent, it is incredibly effective for reducing stress, easing skin troubles, relieving headaches and migraines and of course is the perfect antidote to a restless night.
A Natural Alternative
Using a natural alternative has a whole host of benefits, not only do you know exactly what is going into your product, but it gives you a chance to tailor your remedy to your needs, for instance if you like a nice bath before bed, you can pop some lavender bath bombs in the water, you can pop a little bag of dried lavender under your pillow or you can infuse a handkerchief with some lavender essential oil and pop it onto your pillow, whichever route you choose, one thing is certain, your restless nights will be a thing of the past!
How can Lavender Essential Oil Help?
There are so many things that can effect how good of a nights sleep we get, what we eat and drink, what we do before bed, our stress level and even what we have next to our bed can have an effect, after all an alarm clock that resembles Blackpool Illuminations is not ideal.
Lavender Essential oil research shows that the scent of lavender eases stress, anxiety and insomnia and can increase our quality of sleep by up to 20% or more in some cases.
So, how can you incorporate lavender essential oil into your daily routine to help with your sleep troubles? Well, we have complied our top 3 lavender sleep remedies that are not only easy to create, they will make you wonder what you did before them!
Natural Sleep Spray
Small Spray Bottle
1 Cup Distilled Water
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vodka
12 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Put the water and the witch hazel into the spray bottle and shake. The witch hazel will help the essential oils to disperse evenly and not settle at the bottom.
Add your choice of Essential Oils or fragrance oils and shake gently.
Shake before each use and enjoy your natural sleep spray!
Lavender Infused Handkerchief
1 x Cotton Handkerchief
12 drops of lavender essential oil
All you need to do is open out your handkerchief and add your lavender essential oil to it, then fold it up and place it on your pillow.
Lavender Bath Salts
Lavender essential oil
Fill each mason jar about halfway full of the Epsom salts.
Add just 10-15 drops of essential oil, replace lid, and shake.
Remove the lid again, add 1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers, replace lid and shake (again).
Add more Epsom salts to full the jar then (you guessed it) replace the lid and shake shake shake.
These are just a handful of ways that Lavender essential oil can help you relax, de stress and importantly, help you get a good nights sleep.