Menopause & a Good Night's Sleep
posted: Dec. 31, 1969.
Adding the herb Lavender to your bedtime routine is a refreshing way to help you relax and ease stress. It has healing qualities as an herb and medicinal plant. It is known to ease depression and anxiety associated with insomnia.
There are numerous ways you can enjoy this herb:
•Purchase Lavender blossoms and sew them into a little sachet
•Aromatherapy essential oil spray. Use on pillows directly or on a cloth next to you when sleeping
•Buy a fresh cut bundle and put it on the bed stand.
•Put blossoms in a small bowl on the nightstand.
How does Lavender actually help anxiety, depression and mild insomnia? Research has actually been done on this remarkable herb making comparisons between those who use it for insomnia and to those who don’t. It was discovered that lavender actually increases the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters in the brain that protect us from anxiety and depression and contains compounds that are sedative like. Inhaling or ingesting lavender can affect cells in the brain that regulate emotions and sleep patterns. All in all, Lavender is one of the most studied herbal treatments and has been utilized as a sleep aid for hundreds of years. It is safe and without risk of long term side effects when used as directed.
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Lisa Youngblood, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Family Nurse Practitioner practicing in private practice in Florida. She sees adults of all ages online on a confidential video platform.