Pure lavender oil and dried lavender flower are commonly used as home remedies for insomnia. When most people think of lavender, they think of scented lotions, soaps, shampoos and oils. However, lavender does more than just smell good. Lavender essential oil plays an important role in aromatherapy, while dried lavender flower is frequently used by herbalists.
If insomnia strikes, place a drop or two of lavender essential oil onto a hanker-chief, tissue or cotton ball and breathe deeply. This aromatherapy will help calm and relax you. You can also simply place this hanker-chief or other small piece of cloth near your head while falling asleep. This even works for children...in fact a drop or two of lavender essential oil on a favorite blanket or "lovey" can help your child peacefully drift off to dreamland.
Pure lavender oil is frequently used in massage therapy. Add a drop of lavender essential oil to coconut or olive oil and massage the temples, back of the neck and feet.. This is especially useful for children and babies who may have trouble sleeping. However, do use caution when using lavender with boys as one study conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has shown an association between prepuberal gynecomastia (breast growth) and repeated topical use of lavender containing products in young boys.
Dried lavender flower is oftentimes sewn into pillows and sachets. If you frequently have trouble sleeping, especially if you experience anxiety at night, make yourself a small "sleep pillow". This is not meant to be a large pillow to put under your head, but rather a small pillow (around 6 inches long) stuffed with dried lavender flower and other herbs. One popular combination of herbs is 1 tablespoon each of dried lavender, chamomile, hops, mug-wort and rose. Place this pillow near your head at night...within smelling distance.
Dried lavender also makes a wonderful tea which is very soothing and relaxing at bedtime. Add one teaspoon of dried lavender flower to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes and then strain and drink.
If you like taking warm baths at night, add a few drops of pure lavender oil to your bath water and soak awhile. The lavender will be extra relaxing and soothing, helping you fall asleep faster and easier once you do get into bed..