Oh lovely Lavender! Lavender flowers and essential oils have so many benefits and are certainly among my favorite plant. It is widely recognized as a relaxing and calming scent and recommended often as aromatherapy treatment for anxiety and insomnia. (With scientific based studies backing up the claim that it helps slow the heart rate and promote better sleep) For sleep, improved mood, and decreased anxiety or nervous tension, Lavender has been proven to significantly promote relaxation of the parasympathetic nervous system, reduce heart rate, reduce pain levels, and improve cognitive function.
There are other perhaps less well known benefits to lavender as well. It has also shown to be beneficial to the skin as it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which can help soothe, protect, and heal the skin and even help treat and prevent acne. Lavender can help improve digestion, restore hormonal imbalances, improve urinary tract function, reduce muscle pain, and it is even a natural bug repellent! (Read this article for more details.)
I love nothing more than Lavender aromatherapy before bed time to help me wind down and prepare for sleep. I thought I would share with you the “Ultimate” Lavender Bedtime experience that you can have at home! (This would be my ideal Lavender Pampering Routine, though I may not do all the steps included here all the time, so pick and choose what you’d like to try!)
I would begin by putting some lavender essential oil in a diffuser in my bedroom (or light some lavender incense) so that my bedroom will smell nice and lavender-y when I am done with my bath or shower. Jade Bloom has a fantastic Lavender essential oil. A couple drops on your pillow case are a nice touch as well (or add a few drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle of water and lightly mist your sheets and pillow).
Grab your favorite clean pair of pajamas, you can even spray a light mist of water with lavender oil onto your pj’s to have them smelling nice too. (Pro Tip – Put a couple drops of lavender essential oil on a clean sock and put it in the dryer with your load of laundry! It will make your whole load of clothes smell like lavender!)
Get some hot water going and a tea cup for your favorite bedtime tea! For the ultimate Lavender bedtime experience I would use Traditional Medicinals Chamomile Lavender tea (yum!) I usually get my tea ready before my bath or shower so it can steep and be ready for me to drink afterwards. I use a thermos style mug with a lid so it stays warm.
When you’re ready for your shower or bath, grab your Field Better Soon Chunk Bar from Perfectly Posh. I love this chunk bar so much! It’s a BIG, vegan bar of soap made with Palm Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Lavender essential oil, lavender flowers, and oatmeal. I don’t leave mine in the shower or edge of the tub, it will last longer if you take it out and store it in a cool dry place between uses. In the shower or bath, I use a Shower Pouf sponge with the chunk bar and it makes SO MUCH foamy lather! Wash from head to toe including your face and let the lavender and oatmeal soothe and calm the skin while the relaxing aroma helps calm your senses. Your skin wil be so soft and nourished from this amazing chunk bar. If you shave, you can use the chunk bar for that too! Just use the lather from the soap instead of shaving cream and you’ll get a nice smooth shave every time.
If you are taking a bath and not a shower, check out these Lavender Bath Bombs hand made by yours truly! With nourishing mineral oil, and skin softening epsom salts this bath bomb makes your bath water silky soft. Loaded with pure Lavender Essential Oil and some glitter just for fun, this takes your Lavender bath experience to the next level!
If you have a favorite lavender scented shampoo and conditioner, you could add that to this routine too. I love layering on the lavender scent in every possible way, so that’s just an idea if you are going for the Ultimate Lavender experience! If you don’t have that, just use your regular shampoo and conditioner.
The next step comes after your shower or bath, but before you dry off! Good Hydrations In Shower Body lotion is a really unique moisturizer! It is a lotion that works best when applied to wet skin! Did I mention it is Lavender scented? This concentrated and thick body lotion has coconut oil, argan oil, shea butter, and lavender essential oil to nourish your skin and lock in all the moisture from your bath or shower. The warm water has opened up your pores to let all the goodness in, so grab this lotion before you grab your towel! Smooth generously all over for baby soft skin and another blast of lavender aromatherapy – you’ll feel pretty close to lavender bliss at this point!
Now you can grab your towel and dry off, dry your hair (I blow dry my hair so I don’t get cold in bed with wet hair) and put on your favorite pajamas you had selected. Mine are a lavender purple fleece pair of pajamas and yes, I am that person who wants to wear the color lavender to match the lavender scent of my pampering night! Once you are dry, you’ll want to make sure you pamper your face with a nice face creme or moisturizing oil, since the Good Hydrations was a body lotion but not a face lotion. A face moisturizer is a great compliment to your daily face care rourtine as it helps improve elasticity, prevents premature aging, keeps the skin on your face from drying out, and actual helps balance the natural oils in your skin to prevent acne and correct overly oily skin. Night & Day You Are The One is an amazing vegan facial moisturizer with Aloe Vera, Lavender essential oil, glycerin, and olive oil. You can smooth just a tiny amount of this on your face before bed and let those healing ingredients do thier work while you sleep! Or you might like Call It A Night Nighttime Face oil. This face oil is a blend of essential oils and botanical extracts perfectly blended to create the perfect gentle overnight moisturizer for the delicate skin on your face. With ingredients like Evening Primrose oil, rosemary, lime, lavender, jojoba, ginger root, and sunflower seed oil, a small amount of this oil spread over your face before bed will soak into your pores overnight for extra smooth, healed skin in the morning.
Now you’re all Lavender blissed out and probably feeling cozy and relaxed, ready for bed! Your tea is waiting for you, and your bedroom should be filled with nice lavender scent from the incense or oil diffuser you started before your shower. Here is just one more thing you might like to use before you crawl into bed (I actually like to keep mine right next to my bed!)
It’s the Sleepy Sleep Skin stick! This is a solid lotion bar of shea butter, beeswax, and Lavender Essential oil. You can slide the stick over any dry patches of skin, on the bottoms of your feet, on your pulse points, over your forehead and temples, or on your chest. The lavender scent will slowly release with the warmth of your body, and it will soak into your skin to soothe away muscle pain, dry skin, and help you relax even further down into a peaceful night’s sleep. You can also apply the skin stick during the day any time you are feeling anxious and just need a little lavender to help calm you. Great for kids and babies too, as a safe and natural lotion to hep them relax before bed or a nap.
Crawl into bed with your tea and your book, and enjoy the time that you are feeling so relaxed before you drift off to sleep!
* I do hope you will try out some of these products (or go “ultimate” and try them all)! You deserve to have a night of pampered Lavender Bliss, and with these products you could have a great many nights like this one! Orders from Perfectly Posh help support me directly too – as an independent consultant I get paid a commission for your orders! This is used for regular life stuff like helping me pay the bills and feed the kids, so that’s another way reason you can feel good about this purchase! Just make sure you use the links provided in this blog post, and it should show “Wendy McDowell” as your consultant on the Posh website! You also support me directly with orders from my Etsy shop (such as the bath bomb listed above)