Are you looking to calm both your body and the mind…..look no further than a few drops of Lavender oil. Lavender is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy and is my absolute favourite.
I use it for sleep, relaxation, allergies, burns, rashes, bites, headaches. It should be a foundation oil in your essential oil collection.
Why Lavender Essential oil should be in the foundation of your collection
Lavender oil is the most popular essential oil in the world and can be used for a variety of purposes. It can uplift and energize your mood or treat insomnia, depression, anxiety, and stress. It’s antibacterial properties can help fight and soothe skin infections.
5 uses of lavender essential oil
One study found that several sniffs of lavender oil before bed can increase how much deep sleep you get in both men and women. Another study found that inhaling lavender oil twice a week for 20 minutes at a time soothed the nervous system and helped women with insomnia.
I personally use it before I go to bed 2 or 3 times a week to help me relax and enter that relaxing sleepy state, especially after a busy or exhausting day. I usually combine it with a woody oil like Sandalwood or Cedarwood. I find it really relaxing.
There are two ways I use it:
1st - I put in a 10ml roller bottle 3-4 drops of Sandalwood oil 4-5 drops of Lavender oil and then I fill the rest with a carrier oil like almond oil or fractionated coconut oil, you can use any plant oil you prefer (olive oil, avocado oil, Jojoba oil)
!! Always dilute essential oils before using them on your skin !!
Then I simply roll and massage some on the soles of my feet and behind my ears and lay down and relax just like in Savasana :)
2nd - I use the same oils in my aroma diffuser about an hour before bed. I diffuse 2 drops of Sandalwood oil and -3-4 drops of Lavender oil run the diffuser for 30 mins
When you inhale or apply essential oils in the body it transmits messages to the limbic system, a brain region known to influence the nervous system and help regulate emotion