Lavender- The Sleepytime Essential Oil

During one of my supper clubs, my friend brought nachos that I had to warm up in my oven. When they were done, I accidentally burned my forearm taking them out. It burned like hell, but I just put some lavender oil and within seconds I felt relief. I was hosting my favorite folks, so I didn’t even bother to tend to it again and by the end of the night, I had already forgotten about it. The next day I applied some more lavender and now there isn’t even a scar. Two applications, that’s how effective it is.

Lavender is usually considered the quintessential essential oil, known for its calming and soothing effects. It is extracted from the plants fresh flowers and has a variety of uses. Lavender is found in many different soaps, detergents, shampoos, sachets. The word lavender comes from the latin ‘lavare’, which means to wash and was traditionally used in baths to purify the body and spirit. It’s a fairly mild oil and can be applied ‘neat’ in small areas, but I recommend diluting when using on children and sensitive skin.

I am completely in love with Lavender and have used it the most since I first learned about oils. I’ve used it for sleep on my pillow, for anxiety and stress, for allergies as part of my favorite trio with peppermint and lemon. My good friend used it to get through her divorce. I use it in a baths, in my homemade face oil. It can be used on minor burns, cuts, scrapes, rashes, skin irritations. And my all time favorite is the combination of Lavender with Peace and Calming to sleep.

I actually had my nieces and her friends here this weekend and at 10 pm they were giddy and excitable, typical teens after the ACL festival and I casually turned on my diffuser with Lavender and P&C into their room and just watched as they very slowly quieted down and were in bed soon after. This oil is really useful.

For sleep, I just place some on my pillow or in my diffuser. Take some deep breaths, maybe use the 9-breath technique here and you’ll be in dreamland in no time.

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