Lavender for Sleep

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Lavender is a common herb used for improving sleep and reducing stress in the body. Here are a few ways to include it in your nighttime routine.

Lavender Tea
Ingest lavender in tea form before bedtime to help soothe you to sleep and prevent insomnia. You can make it yourself by boiling some water and letting both the leaf and flower seep. Lavender is easily accessible at your local Farmer’s Market. There are also many teas containing lavender available at your local grocery haunt.

Take a Lavender Detox Bath
Quiet your body and mind before bed by soaking in a bath for 20 minutes using: 2 cups Epson salt, 1 cup baking soda and 8-10 drops lavender essential oil. Going in and out of the warm water will also cool your body’s inner temperature inducing a restful sleep.

The scent of lavender has also been known to increase deep, restful sleep for both men and women. Diffuse it in your bedroom before bedtime or spray it on your pillow. You can do this by diluting a few drops of lavender essential oil in a water bottle or buying a lavender spray at your local health store or online. The scent is also helpful in treating headaches and migraines.

In addition, you can purchase sachets, blankets, neck pillows and animals that contain dried lavender. They give off a subtle scent that can be relaxing to have near you during bedtime. You can even heat some of these items up in the microwave and not have to worry about falling asleep with an electric blanket!

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