The benefits of lavender have long been known, with the herb being used in the Middle Ages as an aphrodisiac within folklore medicine, as well as offering remedial properties to ease aches and pains. Today, the scent of lavender is familiar and well-loved as a natural sleep remedy – perfect for helping ease pregnancy insomnia!
How does lavender help you sleep?
Research done by Southampton University found that the use of lavender can improve sleep quality by 20%, with other studies suggesting it can lower your heart rate and reduce anxiety. How? It’s because lavender oil is made up of linalyl acetate and linalool, which are both natural chemicals that rapidly absorb into the blood stream to cause successive reactions.
Can I use lavender essential oil during pregnancy?
It is advised to avoid lavender essential oil in the first trimester, however it is safe in the second and third as your baby is more developed. It is safe to use during labour and on your newborn baby.
How can I use lavender to get better sleep?
Lavender oil is perfect for adding to a warm bath, or used on your pillow, working as a decongestant and to relieve feelings of stress. Always make sure you dilute it before use! It’s also great for massage, known to promote a feeling of calm.
The easiest way to incorporate lavender into your routine is with the Sleep Easy Kit. It features three full-size products, all infused with the dreamy scent of lavender. They work in perfect harmony together as part of a bedtime ritual! Use the Bath Oil as the first step, then bond with bump while massaging skin with the Tummy Rub Butter and finally, spritz the Pillow Spray just before bed. You’ll be nodding off in no time!