Do you or your children have trouble falling asleep, do you toss and turn in your bed without being able to fall asleep? Or do you fall asleep easily but wake up at 3 a.m. and can't get back to sleep? have you thought about plants? Indeed, some plants have soothing virtues and can act on the quality of your sleep, this is notably the case of lavender, this small plant which grows abundantly in the south of France.

Lavender, an ally for quality sleep

Lavender is not only synonymous with vacations in the south of France, when you smell its characteristic perfume, you hear the cicadas! But it is also a real ally to reduce agitation and calm anxiety. It can be of great help to you to fight insomnia. It even seems that it could cure depression, headaches and hair loss, a multipurpose plant to discover urgently.

According to Japanese researchers, smelling lavender for 5 minutes a day would have a beneficial effect on stress and especially on the reduction of the stress hormone, cortisol.

How to use lavender?

Available in different forms, lavender can be used in different ways

As anessential oil, it can be diluted in a bath, ideal for babies, or diluted in body lotion that you can apply to your arms and chest. You can also put a drop of lavender essential oil on a handkerchief and slip it under your pillow to benefit from its soothing effects throughout the night.when you wash your sheets, replace your fabric softener with a few drops of lavender essential oil, you will get bed linen with a relaxing scent.

You can make small sachets filled with lavender flowers (or buy them in specialized stores), then place them in your bedroom. For toddlers, hang the lavender sachet securely on the bars of the bed so that baby cannot reach can also place these small scented sachets in your closet or in your dressing room. The lavender flowers delicately scent and repel moths.

There are also lavender pillow mists to spray on your pillow but be sure to choose them from an organic store and use them sparingly.

Lavender can also be used in the form of infusions, lavender tea can also be combined with other soothing plants such as valerian and lemon balm, an excellent mixture to drink one to two hours before going to bed, under a lavender-scented plaid.

A small 100% natural suggestion for a good night's sleep in summer: why not plant a foot of lavender under your bedroom window and leave the window ajar during the night?

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