Lavender oils have sedative and antispasmodic properties as well as being potent anti-microbials and antioxidants. Other medicinal properties of lavender are antiseptic, anti-fungal, analgesic, anti-tumor, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, and helps fight excess sebum on the skin.
But did you know lavender oil is also a beloved aromatherapy option for sleep, insomnia, and relaxation? Studies like this one have suggested the use of lavender oil in aromatherapy could enhance sleep quality in people with sleep disorders such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
The researchers investigated the effects of an olfactory stimulus (lavender oil) on subsequent sleep and assessed male and female differences in such effects. Thirty-one young healthy people (16 men and 15 women) were enrolled in the study. They were required to stay 3 nights in a sleep laboratory – the first night with no treatment, the second night to inhale lavender essential oil and the third night was distilled water with each treatment being just before bedtime.
All subjects reported increased energy the morning after lavender oil aromatherapy exposure, corroborating the restorative slow-wave sleep increase. During this time, the brain is thought to organize memory as well. Lavender oil also increased stage 2 (light) sleep and decreased rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to reach wakefulness after first falling asleep in women, with opposite effects in men. Scientists concluded that lavender essential oil served as a mild sedative and has practical applications as a novel method for promoting deep sleep in young men and women and for producing gender-dependent sleep effects.
Lavender oil aromatherapy is known to reduce emotional signs of stress, lowering blood pressure, increasing feelings of calmness, relaxation, and wellness. Try it before you go to sleep and let lavender oil help you with your insomnia.
You can find lavender essential oil following this link
You could also buy a nice cheap diffuser to start your aromatherapy sessions, following this link. Innogear has a 2×1 offer, I have one in my room and the other one I have it at my office.