Summertime sunshine, excitement and energy has made the regular bedtime routine at our house something right out of crazy town lately. It doesn’t seem to matter whether I start the routine at 6 or 7:55 p.m., it’s always well past 9 p.m. before sleep sets in and Ken and I can break from very long days.
It has left us more than a little frazzled, re-examining what the kiddo is eating, how we spend our days and what we all could possibly do to help the tiny person get a bit more shut-eye.
Then, it occurred to me. Our kids are pretty darn good sleepers. The wee one is known to take a 2-hour nap in the morning, go back to sleep around 7 p.m. and sleep until 7 a.m. The big kid loves sleep just as much – something for which I am eternally grateful.
I realized a few nights ago that her newly developed issues with sleep might actually have something to do with the fact that we are all cranked from the goings on of every day and – when that used to happen in her earlier years – we used to use 2 drops of lavender essential oil in the bath every night to ease both of them to sleep.
Lavender is bursting in just about every field right now. So, what better time to get back to the business of sleeping through the night than during lavender season. Breathe in…ahhhhh zzzz.
Lavender has been used for thousands of years to calm nerves, soothe sore muscles, boost one’s immune system and help with circulation. I first fell in love with it while I was pregnant with our oldest daughter as it was one of the few essential oils I could use – and bathed in it every night to relax and ease the aches and pains of a growing belly.
It couldn’t possibly be that simple, could it? Well, I slipped the lavender essential oil into their bath and got a nice aromatherapy sleep spray a few nights ago to test drive my theory.
“Smells like a bath,” my oldest announced as she wandered gingerly into the bathroom.
“Mmmmmmmmmmmm, pretty,” she said, her go mode noticeably easing up. With that, I was pretty confident my flash of brilliance was, indeed, moderately brilliant.
After a leisurely, calm, screech-free bath (which never happens when I’m the bath giver) they were asleep within 30 minutes. I kid you not, well before 8 p.m., asleep.
So, that’s my remedy: 2 drops of lavender essential oil in the bath and/or a nice soothing spray - I can’t guarantee it for everyone. But, even if it works for a week, I’m sold.
You can find it at local natural food stores. But, even more fun is getting the fresh, beautiful good stuff from your local lavender farmer. In the Comox Valley, check out Shamrock Farms on Anderton Road this season (of pumpkin patch fame). Shannon’s lavender is amazing and she has a lovely collection of distilled goodness for all sorts of uses.
Now, off to bed little ones so that the adults can sip on lavender gin and tonics.:)