Lavender, once used as an aphrodisiac during the Middle Ages, has now been shown to help aid sleep. With the Latin name, Lavandula angustifolia, it grows well in English gardens, typically with long stems and vibrant purple flowers. It has a recognizable smell which is what can help people get to sleep and improve sleep quality. Aside from having a lavender plant in your room, there are many ways to get the benefits of the scent before you sleep, namely in a spray. Enjoy our sleepy lavender spray recipe so you too, can wake up well-rested.

At The University of Southampton, a small study tracking the sleep patterns of 10 adults over two weeks was undertaken; for one week, half the participants slept in a lavender-scented room whilst the other slept in a placebo room (it was scented with sweet almond oil). Then they all switched rooms. At the end of the study, the participants who slept in the lavender-scented room reported improved quality of sleep by 20%.

It was also shown that the scent of lavender before and during bed, increased slow-wave sleep – the restorative sleep element during which muscles really relax and the heartbeat slows. This phase is also thought to be responsible for the brain organising memories too.

So, are you keen to get a better night’s sleep using lavender? We’ve got a really easy recipe for a sleep spray which you can spritz on your pillows just before you go to sleep to help you drift off.

Lavender Sleep Spray

-          1 cup distilled water

-          1 ½ teaspoon witch hazel*

-          12 drops lavender essential oil

1.      In a clean jar, combine the witch hazel and lavender oil together and shake well for 10 – 20 seconds. It’s important to combine these two before you mix it with the water so the lavender oil can combine properly with the water; the essential oil needs the witch hazel (or vodka) to do this.

2.      Add the water to the jar, mix well and decant into a clean spray bottle.

3.      Squirt a few sprays onto your pillow a few minutes before you go to bed.

4.      Sleep well!

*If you don’t have witch hazel, you can also use vodka.

NOTES

-          When buying lavender oil, be sure to look at the label – only buy 100% pure essential lavender oil and steer clear of anything that says it is ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ oil. If it is labelled ‘therapeutic grade’, also know that this isn’t an actual grade or qualification as there is no regulated grading system for essentials oils so avoid buying this.

-          Never use essential oils undiluted unless you know what you are doing or have professional advice.

-          Steer clear of using any essential oils, in any form, during the first trimester of pregnancy, on small babies or children and make sure it is kept away from pets, especially cats as it is thought to be poisonous.

-          Dark glass bottles work best for storing the spray as it helps prevent UV rays from breaking down the essential oils.

 

Do you find it hard to get to sleep? We’d love to hear from you if you make our spray and find it useful. There’s also other ways to enjoy a better night’s sleep – H7, our insomnia patches which work off ancient Chinese acupressure points and Asonor, our anti-snoring sleeping spray.