Lavender essential oil is likely to be considered the most universally calming and soothing of all essential oils. It takes approximately 160 pounds of lavender flowers to extract 1 pound of essential oil. Lavender is often used to help relieve stress, insomnia and fear.
Considered an effective remedy to help purify and clean stale air, it has been used to disinfect hospitals and sick rooms in Ancient Greece, Rome and Persia.
Most essential oils require being diluted in another base oil, or alcohol, prior to being applied to the skin. But lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be applied to the skin ”neat”, meaning it is safe to use its full strength for skin irritations like insect bites, boils, non-serious burns, athletes foot, rashes, etc.
Because of its relaxing nature, lavender oil can help heart arrhythmia, lower blood pressure and ease PMS symptoms. As most essential oils do not stain, you can drizzle a few drops directly onto your pillowcases before bed.
Recipe for Insomnia and Restful Sleep With Lavender Oil
The recipe below combines lavender, ylang ylang and bergamot oils to provide the ultimate “restful sleep”. Considered to be the number one essential oil to help “ease anger”, ylang ylang essential oil has a “heady” floral scent with aphrodisiac and calmative properties. Bergamot essential oil, which is used to flavor Earl Grey tea, is considered a classic anti-depressant that helps balance emotions and ease agitation.
- 3 drops of lavender,
- 2 drops of ylang ylang,
- 2 drops of bergamot.
Combine these essential oils and then sprinkle over bed linens before bedtime.