Sleepy Saturday - The Power of Lavender
How familiar are you with using lavender to promote relaxation? Lavender has been used as a relaxation agent as far back as Ancient Egypt. For centuries this aromatic herb has been used to facilitate a relaxing experience for the user. How does this work? We looked into it.
Lavender operates as an anxiolytic. An anxiolytic is an anxiety reliever. It is also used as a sedative. Lavender promotes calmness and can help produce an optimal state for sleep. Interacting with the neurotransmitter GABA, lavender helps quieten the brain and reduce nervous system activity. Additionally, lavender reduces agitation, restlessness, aggression and even anger. Aside from these benefits, lavender can also reduce inflammation, is antibacterial and functions as a pain reliever.
Although this magical herb has tremendous upside, there are cautions they should be heeded. Lavender can disrupt the endocrine system. Albeit typically mild, lavender can have a negative impact on both testosterone and estrogen. Topical use of rite herb has also been linked to breast cancer development in males.
We support a moderation in use, naturally. One thing we suggest is dropping a few drops near the head of your bed prior to bedtime. This can create a deeper impact for a more restful sleep. Reducing anxiety and depression, which can occur with lavender, will help battle insomnia. We want to help you achieve a better night’s sleep. This might be one part of a successful decision to get one step closer to more effective sleep.
Let us know how this works for you!