Go To Sleep
Here are some of the ways I use lavender to go to sleep. Lavender can help you relax and get a much needed rest. It has been used for insomnia for years. Try it and see what you think.
Lavender is so soothing and relaxing. There is so much stress in our lives that it's hard to relax. Sometimes I just place a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on my pillow , sheets, or pajamas at night. This also works well for children and is safe if you're pregnant.
I like to take a nice warm bath with 6 drops of lavender oil in the water. This helps me sleep better.
One of my favorites things to do to go to sleep is to place lavender essential into a diffuser. The amount and way depends on the kind of diffuser you have, so go according to instructions. Diffusers break up the lavender into tiny little droplets that fill your bedroom with such a wonderful scent and it also is a disinfectant. What is even nicer is adding some orange essential oil to the lavender oil. This is such a fantastic combination!
Lavender can be rubbed onto the inside of the wrist, temples or solar plexus. (just below the ribs). Just make sure you don't get any kind of essential oil in your eyes. It's absorbed into the skin and you get benefits from the physical properties of the essential oil. It helps you calm down, it's an antidepressant, and helps you relax.
A lavender eye pillow is another way to relax. This is especially nice when you want to lay on your back and meditate. It just helps you get into that deeper meditation state. Or try to tense and relax each set of muscles. Take some deep breaths and visualize the stress leaving your body, and before you know it, you go to sleep.
Rub a couple drops of lavender essential oil onto the bottom of your feet before you go to bed. Sometimes I like to put lotion on my feet. I just put the lotion on the palm of my hand and drop a couple of drops of lavender in it, and rub that onto my feet. It feels good, and feet are good for absorbing. For real stubborn cases of insomnia mix this with valerian essential oil. This doesn't smell very good, but it'll usually works.
Lavender essential oil also works great helping you go to sleep when used in a massage or back rub. But you have to have someone to help you here. It's hard to give yourself a back rub.
Here are some other oils that mix well with lavender to help you sleep (sweet orange, marjoram, tangerine, roman chamomile). But mostly I use just lavender.
Warning - Always know and check the safety of essential oils that you use.
Use about 15 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoons of carrier oil. This is the normal rule of thumb for dilution. See dilutions for more information. Mixing the formula isn't as hard or scary as it may seem at first. I probably never mix it the same way twice. Just use your intuition on what your body needs at that time. Go with what feels or smells right to put in. If you come up with something that you absolutely love write it down.
Here is a formula idea, again just play with it, it really is fun!
For insomnia try making yourself a nice hot cup of lavender tea. Take 2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds and seep for only two or three minutes. Longer steeping will taste bitter. Add milk, sugar or honey to taste and drink. This is an old remedy that has been around for years. Avoid this tea if you're pregnant, because lavender stimulates the uterus. Now go to sleep. Good night! :)