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Anxious, sleep-deprived blogger finds relaxing uses for lavender oil

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I was provided with product in exchange for an honest review.

I am a night owl. If you ever look at my social media accounts, you’ll see I post at all times of the night and day – and the only posts I schedule ahead are right here on my website! My nocturnal existence is not by choice. I have anxiety and insomnia, and I just found out a week ago that I have sleep apnea that is so bad that for every hour of sleep I think I’m getting, I am actually only getting about 24 minutes. So I need all the help I can get in the relaxation department.

In comes aromatherapy. I used to think I was allergic to all things lavender – it seemed any time someone burned lavender incense or had some lavender potpourri or air freshener out, the eyes would start watering and the nose would start itching. I would sometimes even experience lightheadedness.

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Then, I was given some Applejack Life Premium Lavender Essential Oil – Therapeutic Grade to try out, and I was pleasantly surprised. I soon found out that most lavender-scented items are actually ridden with chemicals – and that things like potpourri include items that come from birch (to which I am highly allergic). But this stuff – which is at a great price of $24.50 for a 4-oz bottle – has been a great addition to my medicine cabinet.

Now, let’s get this straight. I am a strong proponent of modern medicine and science. Nowhere will you see me say that essential oils or other homeopathic remedies should be used in lieu of treatment by a medical professional. But we are born with senses, and it is true that sight, smell, touch and environment can contribute greatly to our well-being. I use antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications and plan to continue to use them. But if something like this provides as an aid and not a substitute, it certainly cannot hurt.

A couple of weeks ago I went in for a sleep study. I knew exactly what I was preparing for – they were going to strap a bunch of stuff over my body and stick a bunch of things in my face and hair. Don’t believe me? Check out this hot mess:

And now for the sexy part of the evening… #sleepstudy

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It’s business time.

I know what you are thinking – it’s the same thing all my friends said or asked – “How can you sleep with all that crap on you?” Good question. What I did was the best I could do – I headed to the clinic with some sleep-inducing items like a banana and some magnesium supplements – oh, and my sleep medication. But I also took a couple of drops of lavender and rubbed them on my chest, as well as behind the ears. The scent was not too strong, but very calming.

I have also used lavender oil in a nice nighttime bath to help me chill, and used it for warm compresses on my face to try to thwart the worst sinus headache I have had in my life (unfortunately, it didn’t work). I wear an eye mask every night to shut out the light, and one of them is lightly scented with lavender.

In about two months, I will be on a CPAP machine to force my airways open while I sleep. I will be using a nasal mask, and I have read that some patients who use the CPAP actually add lavender to the water. I may try this with just one drop to see if it makes a difference.

Either way, my attitude toward lavender has totally changed. My attitude toward its impostors has not. So if you need to chill, give this stuff a try. You can purchase this from Amazon here!

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