Lavender essential oil is one of the best oils to help you sleep better. Using natural essential oils is a better option than medications as there are no side effects to worry about as there are with prescription medications.
I diffuse lavender in my bedroom because I have hectic days sometimes and find it hard to unwind. It works perfectly, whenever I smell the aroma of lavender now it makes me think of having a good night’s sleep.
How to Use Lavender Oil for Sleep
Have a Lavender Aromatic Bath
A long soak in a warm bath can help you to relax both mentally and physically and have a better night’s sleep. With the added bonus of a few drops of lavender, you’re going to take it to the next level.
Lavender oil is also great for skin and hair. Make sure you’re using a good quality oil like the doTERRA oil recommended here. You can clear up any dry skin issues and soothe cuts and grazes at the same time.
Diffuse Lavender in the Bedroom
Diffusing oils is one of the easiest ways to absorb the properties found in essential oils. Diffusers create a fine mist of oil and water in the air and make it easy for you to breathe in the oil. There are various other benefits to diffusing making it a popular choice.
With a good quality diffuser like the Radha, or the Anton, you can leave them to silently diffuse the oil and they will switch off when they are empty.
Couple of Drops of Lavender on Pillow
This is one of the age-old methods of using lavender to aid sleep. Simply put a couple of drops on your pillow before you lay down for the night. If it’s a little strong you can turn the pillow over. Be sure not to let the oil come into contact with your face.
You can also buy lavender pillow sprays designed for this exact use. I suggest trying the essential oil directly first and if you like this and find it helps you sleep you can buy a spray.
Massage Lavender into Feet, Wrists, or Temples
By massaging a little oil into your wrists or feet you absorb the oil and will be breathing in the aroma throughout the night. If you suffer from headaches or find it more soothing you can massage a little into your temples to help you relax.
I always mix essential oils with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. They are very powerful in their concentrated form and can cause skin sensitivity issues when used directly on the skin.
Using Essential Oils Safely
As already mentioned, essential oils are natural products and when used within the recommended guidelines there are very few side effects of risks to be concerned about.
The main concern is always allergies and skin sensitivities. When using a new oil check on a small area of skin if you’re going to be using it topically. Any concerns always consult your doctor.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women shouldn’t be using oils, and they must always be kept out the reach of children.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.