How to Use Lavender Oil for Insomnia

Updated on May 6, 2020
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Cynthia is a homesteader who grows and harvests food for her family. Cynthia prefers using home remedies when she can.

How to Use Lavender for Insomnia
How to Use Lavender for Insomnia

Sleepless nights have you dragging through your day? Are you wide awake at night when you should be sleeping? Lavender oil is a natural remedy for insomnia and other sleep troubles.

I have always struggled with insomnia issues. The inner dialog in my head at times never shuts down. I use lavender essential oil to help me get much-needed rest. There are several ways you can use lavender essential oil to stop insomnia.

Five Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Insomnia

  1. Add it to laundry detergents
  2. Use it in an aromatherapy diffuser
  3. Make a room spray
  4. Add it to your bath
  5. Add it to a lotion

Some of the ways you can use lavender essential oils to treat insomnia may sound self-explanatory. Let's go into more detail on how to effectively use these five methods and get you on your way to a good night's sleep.

Add it to your laundry detergent!
Add it to your laundry detergent!

1. Add Lavender to Laundry Detergents

One of my favorite methods of using lavender essential oil is adding to laundry detergent. Specifically for bed linens, and you can add a few drops directly to the rinse cycle if you prefer.

Lavender oil is calming and soothing, washing your bed linens in it is beneficial. As you lay in bed getting comfy the calming fragrance of lavender will help you drift off to sleep.

The oil will not hurt your linens when added to rinse cycles or detergents. If you are new to this sleep remedy start with 2-3 drops and work your way up if needed. Mix detergent well between each addition and stop when you feel you have the best concentration of fragrance.

It works best with an unscented detergent, though I have added it in with others as well. Try to avoid citrus fragrances when washing linens, it has an invigorating and energetic aromatherapy factor. The goal here is to sleep, so that would be counteractive.

Diffuse lavender into the air.
Diffuse lavender into the air.

2. Use an Aromatherapy Diffuser

To reap the sleep benefits of the aromatherapy method you only need it running until you fall asleep. I have a diffuser with several time settings. I suggest a similar one for this particular use.

That way, you can adjust as needed. If the first setting is not long enough, go to the second. Eventually, you will find the right setting, that surrounds you with calming lavender fragrances until you slumber.

3. Make a Room Spray

Making room sprays is a fun way to use essential oils. Essentially making an all-natural air freshener. This particular air freshener has the capacity to help you get a restful night's sleep.

To make a room spray you need a spray bottle, lavender oil, and witch hazel.

  • Add 8 drops of lavender oil to
  • 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, (isopropyl alcohol can be substituted) and
  • mix with 6 tablespoons of water.

Proper storage is the only concern. Room sprays can be photosensitive, so be sure to store the mix in a colored bottle and out of direct sunlight. I use glass bottles I have both brown and blue. I store my lavender in a blue bottle with a spray top. I can spray whenever I like, and don't need to worry about it losing fragrance. The dark bottle keeps the fragrance intact by not allowing light to interfere.

4. In the Bath or 5. Make a Lotion

Taking a bath with lavender oil will not only help you rest. It's beneficial for aches and pains and de-stressing too. Add 7-10 drops after drawing your bath water and mix well. Then get it, lean back, and relax while lavender sweeps all your cares away.

If you also want to moisturize in a relaxing bath mix ahead with coconut oil. Use 2-3 drops per 4 tablespoons of coconut oil. Dual-purpose bath time, softer skin and relaxed and ready for bed.

If soaking in a relaxing bath doesn't suit you, try making your own lotion with lavender oil. The lotion is actually relativity easy to make, and you can go organic too.

Homemade Lavender Lotion Recipe

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons shea butter
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all in a bowl or suitable container, remember you will need to store it too. If you want a firmer lotion, you can add in some beeswax as well. Given that the skin absorbs the lotion and beeswax is a tad pricey I usually skip it.

When bedtime rolls around, give yourself a once over with the lotion. Sometimes a relaxing massage, even just massaging the legs also helps us rest. Don't forget any aches and pains too, lavender can help loosen those tight muscles.

I use premium nature shea butter it comes in a large package and is not too pricey. I have been using it for several years now, along with some of their carrier oils too. And I do make different lotions and balms but it lasts a long time. The package unlike a lot of others is resealable. Not really necessary but a nice perk so I don't have to find a container for the unused portion.

Organic Lavender Oil
Organic Lavender Oil | Source

Final Thoughts and Precautions on Lavender Oil

In my younger years, I rarely slept, and it was not uncommon for me to put in an 80-hour workweek. Working 80 hours you have to choose between the laundry or sleep, and you have to have clean clothes.

The crazy hectic schedule finally got me to where I just could not sleep. Even after I switched career paths and was able to work my own set schedule, I still could not sleep. I would yawn and be tired most days, and try to go to bed. But the minute my head hit the pillow my inner monologue would go on overload. I envy people who don't 'hear' their thoughts.

Many an article of mine was written while being unable to sleep because my thoughts were running wild. So I tried lavender oil and came up with some great methods of use that worked for me.

My experience and tips should in no way substitute any medical advice. Discuss any sleep issues with your practitioner to ensure you do not have any underlying causes.

If you struggle with sleep have you ever tried any of these uses for lavender oil? I am glad I did, I sleep much better these days. I don't always get a full 8 hours of sleep as a Mom. But using lavender essential oil helps me to get as much sleep as I can.

Use Organic, 100% Essential Oil

I find the fragrance relaxes me and slows down my thoughts to help me get to sleep. I use SVA Organics lavender oil, you can use any oil you like. Just make sure you're using an organic therapeutic oil, not anything that is labeled as a fragrance oil!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Cynthia Hoover


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      2 months ago

      I always use lavender essential oil in my diffuser before bedtime! As well as in my sons room too! It relaxes me and I think it even works for the dog too.

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      Maria Vargas 

      3 months ago

      Lavender essential oil is definitely a must have in your essential kit. It is one of the most versatile essential oils with tons of benefits.

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      Barbara Peterson 

      3 months ago

      Lavender has so many amazing qualities. Sure helps me to fall asleep at night and sleep soundly.

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      Jeannie York 

      3 months ago

      Thank you for this information. With everything that’s going on right now it’s hard to find things on the shelves at stores. Luckily I have the ingredients to make hand sanitizer and I have been using lavender oil in it. I absolutely love the smell.

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      Ann Lemke 

      3 months ago

      Thank you for this information. I have been looking for a body lotion recipe and will be trying this ASAP! I love lavender and currently use it in a diffuser. I find it to be soothing and the scent is natural. This is a perfect essential oil for first timers. Great article!

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      3 months ago

      My only experience was with baby items over the years or sachets I out under his sheets. I like the smell when mild. I worry it would make sleepy in the daytime too if used too much. A quieter thought process would help 25 hours a day. My brain goes but my body can't keep up the same pace. I'll try in laundry with my dryer balls for a mild lavender oil scent. A little quiet and rest mentally can't hurt.

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      Lisa G 

      3 months ago

      I highly recommend this oil for anyone who has trouble sleeping and staying asleep. Smells amazing and is very soothing and relaxing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      I don't have trouble sleeping, but sometimes my noisy mind wakes me up in the middle of the night. These are all good tips for helping to ease myself back to sleep.

      I love the idea of adding lavender essential oil when washing bedding. I think I'll try that. I love pleasant-smelling sheets!

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      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 months ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Modestino Tomassi I do the same, I prefer having a diffuser with at time feature. I am forgetful so I would likely forget to check and run it dry if I did not have the option to auto-shut off at a certain time. Lavender essential oil is amazing for regulating sleep. So glad you find it beneficial to use.

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      Modestino Tomassi 

      3 months ago

      I use Lavender in a timed diffuser that goes off at 1am every night. Whether I realize it or not, I start to smell the Lavender and immediately begin to get tired. Really makes a difference with keeping my sleep regulated.

    • Cynthia Hoover profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 months ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Utauna hunert you are welcome, I hope you enjoy making the lotion. It is an easy to follow lavender essential oil recipe. Sometimes simple is best, and I try to make things as simple as possible for readers. Thank you for the thoughtful comment.

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      utauna hunter 

      3 months ago

      I've always put lavender oil in my bath and in a humidifier. Thanks for posting the recipe for lotion. This is a must-try for me. I'm off to add a little to my laundry now.

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      3 months ago

      I love the smell of lavender and it’s my favorite go to oil to use in my diffuser at night Helps me fall to sleep!! I absolutely love

    • Cynthia Hoover profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 months ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Same for me AShly! My little guy would fight bedtime tooth and nail. Then I started adding lavender oil to his bath, he goes down so much easier.

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      Ashly Christen 

      3 months ago from Illinois

      Yes! I love lavender oil! I swear it really helps my kids relax for bedtime. They love when i toss some in their bathwater!

    • Cynthia Hoover profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 months ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Lavender is such a soothing fragrance, I too love it. I only regret not trying it as a sleep aid sooner!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      I love the smell of lavender. I am mostly using lavender essential oil in my massage oil and on my diffuser. It really helps in sleeping.


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