At the end of a long day, there is nothing more comforting than to slip into your bed with fresh cotton sheets and a comfortable pillow and drift off to dreamland. A gently lavender scented bedroom is beneficial too, because lavender naturally calms, soothes the spirit and lulls us to sleep. There is no beauty treatment that can compensate for lack of sleep.
Let’s start with the bed, the main feature of every bedroom. Lavender fragrance helps your sleep experience in three ways. Lavender can do the hard work of keeping your bed clean and free from dust mites, bed bugs and other intruders. It can also make your bed smell clean and inviting and lastly lavender offers wonderful sleep benefits.
Starting with a clean bed is the first step. Fresh pillows and a clean mattress are the foundation to a good night’s sleep. Dust mites easily accumulate and bed bugs can easily be brought home from a trip in your luggage. Cleaning the mattress and naturally treating these intruders can be handled with a blend of baking soda with a few drops of lavender essential oil, sprinkled on the mattress, allowed to work for an hour and vacuumed thoroughly. Check out our Facebook Infographic “Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t let the Bed Bugs Bite”. Our Facebook friends have also contributed helpful tips and comments on this post.
Experts recommend that you launder your sheets at least once a week. We wash our sheets and cotton blankets in The Good Home Lavender Laundry detergent and finish them off with Lavender Fragrance conditioner. You can also make your own by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite Unscented detergent and Conditioner. Pillows, down comforters and wool blankets can be freshened by putting them in the dryer with Lavender Dryer sheets or Dryer Sachets on the “cool” or “air fluff” cycles. We use two dryer sheets for this treatment. In a pinch, you can make your own lavender dryer sheets by spritzing lavender essential oil on a clean, damp wash cloth and tossing it into the dryer with the pillows and blankets, or toss in any lavender filled sachet.
Remake your bed for the season, too. When a frost is predicted, we add a down filled blanket to our staple sheet and cotton blanket. After days of freezing weather, we often add a wool blanket to make 4 layers of warmth–sheet, cotton blanket, wool blanket then down comforter. When the bed loses its scent it’s easy to refresh the whole thing with Lavender Sheet and Clothing Spray for an instant freshener.
For continual lavender scent in the bed, choose one of our lavender filled pillows. LavenderGreen pillows are filled with organic kapok or buckwheat hulls and generous amounts of lavender. A small neck roll or boudoir pillow will act as a bed sachet and a larger standard pillow with 20 cups of lavender flowers will scent the whole room! If you want a lighter scent of lavender in your pillow, select a lavender pillow sachet.
We have a full line of lavender pillows in our Shop. We can also custom make a pillow for you in your fabric or with an alternative fill or ratio. After Hurricane Sandy, one of our favorite lavender lovers from New York ordered 5 standard sized bed pillows, filled entirely with lavender!
Chose an Eye mask or Eye Pillow if you can’t completely darken your room for sleep at night or want to catch an afternoon power nap. Our eye pillows contain organic lavender and flax seed which offer the added benefit of reducing eye puffiness. Our Spa eye pillows and masks contain organic lavender and buckwheat berries that can be warmed in the microwave and hold their heat for 30 minutes–wonderful for sinus issues.Remember your children’s bedrooms, too. These same tips and techniques are wonderful for their room and will help them settle down at night. We have pillows they’ll love, like the minky neck roll or the Summertime pillows. Lavender is safe for babies, children and teens and helps them get the rest they need. My husband still remembers smelling lavender when he traveled in Europe as a kid in the 50’s–so lavender will evoke many happy memories for your children when they’re all grown up! If you’re in doubt about lavender for children, check out this recent study, reported by essential oil safety expert, Dr. Robert Tisserand.
There are many more ways to scent your bedroom with lavender and more ways to better sleep to explore. We’ll get to them in future posts. Meanwhile, let us know how these ideas work for you and if your have tips to share with readers.