Who doesn’t want to have a restful night with at least eight hours of sleep? I know that I do. But getting there is often much harder than it should be. And that’s not always because we don’t have time to sleep. Sometimes it’s because we can’t fall asleep no matter how hard we may try. Sure, good old melatonin supplements may help. However, there is also a more holistic approach for those of us who spend hours tossing and turning in our beds before falling asleep. Introducing lavender in your bedtime routine can completely transform your sleep. And here are the easiest ways to do that.
Calm down with lavender
Lavender has long been celebrated for its calming effects on the mind and body. Its gorgeous scent has been shown to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, and improve sleep quality. One simple way to enjoy the calming benefits of lavender is by using a lavender-infused pillow spray or linen mist. Spritz a light mist onto your pillow and bedding before settling in for the night. Breathe in the soothing scent as you drift off to sleep, allowing the lavender to relax your senses and prepare you for a peaceful slumber.
Taking a warm bath before bed is a time-honored tradition for relaxation. By adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bathwater, you can elevate this pre-sleep ritual and enhance its benefits. The aromatic steam from the lavender-infused bath can help ease tension, soothe your mind, and prepare your body for a restful sleep. To create a lavender-infused bath, fill your bathtub with warm water and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Swirl the water gently to disperse the oil and release its fragrance. Take your time, breathe deeply, and let go of the day’s stresses. This rrlaxing practice can become a staple part of your nightly routine. It will not only help you unwind, but also promote better slumber.
Lavender offers not only aromatic benefits but also skincare advantages. Its natural properties can help soothe and nourish your skin while you sleep. Adding lavender-infused skincare products to your nighttime routine can enhance your skin’s appearance and promote a healthy complexion. Look for facial oils, serums, or moisturizers that contain lavender extract or essential oil. These products can help calm inflammation and balance sebum production, while also smelling amazing. If your skin is sensitive to essential oils, you can still use lavender-scented body products in your self-care routine.
Drinking a cup of lavender tea before bed can be an amazing way to unwind and prepare your body for bedtime. Lavender tea is known for its calming effects and can help ease tension, reduce anxiety, and make you fall asleep faster. To make lavender tea, steep a teaspoon of dried lavender flowers in a cup of hot water for about 5-10 minutes. Strain the tea and add a squeeze of lemon or a teaspoon of sugar if desired. Sip the tea while it’s still warm, while reding a book or listening to a relaxing podcast. This herbal infusion can help quiet your mind, and unwind from the hustle and bustle of our busy days.