Try Lavender For a Sleep-Conducive Routine
I have always known that my body needs enough workout (both mental and physical) during the day in order to avoid restless tossing and turning during the night. Eating healthy, timely dinners, avoiding caffeine and screen time just before bedtime should ensure a sound sleep but it doesn’t always work.
So I turned my attention to aromatherapy. Inducing lavender in my night-time-wind-up schedule has made a real difference to my sleeping pattern especially with how fast I fall asleep. Lavender’s aroma has been shown in human studies "to slow down heart rate, blood pressure and to put body in a relaxed state. Taking a warm shower an hour before hitting the bunk helps my aching muscles and preps my body for the nap time. So it made perfect sense to add lavender to my evening routine.
Face Cleanser - Lush has to be one of my favourite brands and their face cleansers, simply put, rock! – Their Angels on Bare Skin cleanser has essential oils of lavender and rose that do wonders both for the skin and for the senses. Lavender buds in the cleanser release a fresh aroma that relaxes me straight-away. A generous amount of product softened by water, works as an exfoliating cleanser and brings my lazy lethargic skin and senses back into form.
Body Cleanser – I can do body washes but I still am a soap person all the way and something like L’Occitane’s Extra Gentle Soap – Lavender works perfectly for me. It is rich in lavender scent but not annoyingly overpowering and the shea butter makes it nourishing and moisturizing.
Body Lotion – Most of the aromatherapy body lotions overdo the aroma part and lack on the moisturising front so I prefer to use whatever I am using regularly except for shoulders and around the back of my neck where I massage stress-fix™ body lotion from Aveda. A little bit gives a lot of tang so I use it quite sparingly.
Other Accessories – When taking a shower is quite not an option, inhaling Aveda’s stress-fix™ concentrate and massaging it on the temples calms me down instantly. I am a big admirer of Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from This Works. The packaging says that it is infused with essential oils of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile to soothe the body and mind. Well guess what, I always fall asleep faster than normal and that’s all that matters to me.
My limited experience with aromatherapy has taught me to use the products in moderation and not to use all of them on the same day. A little bit of product is what I really need to feel the stillness that Lavender has to offer. Lavender aromatherapy is quite a reasonable option to try when orchestrating a sleep-conducive routine.