How to Use Calming Lavender to Help You Sleep

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 

Calming lavender like this English one is great to grow in the garden.

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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.

Spray your linens with calming lavender to promote a good night's sleep.

Lavender Linen/Room Spray

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

Lavender tea bags to help you sleep.

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.

herbal-bath-salts-with-essential-oils

Combine lavender and other herbs to make a nice herbal bath salt. Great in the bath and looks pretty too. Makes a nice gift.

Lavender Sachets

Lavender fabric sachets are great for scenting your bed linens.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.

Learn ways to add lavender in your cooking. This subtle fragrant herb can be used in a variety of ways.

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.

Articles :

NIH —http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017
WSJ —http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703846604575447591695802182

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. I’ll have to try that. I do have lavender oil .

    • Hi Starla,

      If you have lavender oil you’re practically there. Give it a try. Couldn’t hurt, right?
      Thanks for stopping by. I love to read comments.
      Patti

  2. I wish I had some lavender growing in my yard~ a friend gave me some culinary lavender but I haven’t used it yet~ maybe I should put it by my bed!

    • Hi Jenna,
      Culinary lavender would totally work. Make a sachet with it and stick it into your pillowcase. Thanks for stopping by.
      Patti

  3. I love the scent of lavender. I actually have some lavender linen spray in my night stand. I should spray it on my daughters crib sheets…maybe that will do the trick!

    • Hi Melissa,

      I just gave my pregnant coworker a lavender sachet for her baby’s sheets. Can’t hurt right? Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Wonderful tips…which I could use! I am going to look for some lavender oil, so thanks so much for sharing this!

  5. I already use lavender oil – it’s my mainstay. But now that I growing my own lavender, I really look forward to making a wider range of things. I will certainly try the bath bags and a simple dried arrangement for indoors sounds perfect!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Hi Karen,

      Now that you are growing your own there’s so much you can do. I even wrote a post about cooking with it. It’s such a fun plant and oooh the scent. Glad to hear from another admirer.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

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