Studies have shown that lavender helps promote relaxation simply by its scent. If you have insomnia or trouble falling asleep you may want to add calming lavender into your night routine to help you get the best possible rest.
How to Use Calming Lavender
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According to the National Institute of Health, an experiment testing the effects of lavender oil on the emotional states and the central nervous system proved a relaxing effect. An article from the Wall Street Journal reports several studies in which lavender oil helped people sleep, lowered blood pressure and even helped babies to cry less and sleep longer.
So if any of this resonates with you, there’s no reason to wait. Try using lavender to help you, or someone you love get a better night’s rest.
So how do you use the lavender? If you grow it you can harvest and dry it by cutting the flower stalks when they are in a tight bud and not in flower. Tie them in bunches and let them dry out a bit. Once dried you can remove the buds to use as needed. If you don’t have access to much lavender you can buy it online. You can also buy lavender essential oil. Make a linen spray to perfume your pillow and sheets. This can also be used as an air freshener. Here’s a link to a recipe I made. Linen/Room Spray
Here are a few other easy projects for your lavender flowers:
Lavender Bath Bags
Use fill-able tea bags that you can easily buy online or make yourself by cutting up a coffee filter and sewing up the edges. Toss a bag into the water as you fill up the bathtub and relax.
Combine lavender and other herbs to make a nice herbal bath salt. Great in the bath and looks pretty too. Makes a nice gift.
Use a tight lace or thin cotton fabric to make some pillow sachet full of lavender to place inside your pillowcase or in your linen closet to scent your sheets.
Did you know that lavender flowers are edible? You can cook with lavender and enjoy the sweet perfume of this lovely plant as well as it calming benefits.
I don’t know anyone who dislikes the scent of lavender. What have you got to lose by trying one of these methods for adding lavender in your home? Here’s another idea: take it with you on vacation. It will really help freshen your hotel or rental home.
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