Load Up On Lavender
The herb is ideal for combating insomnia. “Lavender is a known nervine, something that calms the nerves,” explains Bhatia. “Inhaling the aroma relaxes the brain’s stress centers, and it’s been used to help with sleep regulation as well.” To reap the benefits, spritz your pillowcases with a lavender spray or dab some lavender essential oil (dilute it with a carrier oil, like jojoba, first) on your temples. Or, for a triple-whammy of relaxation, add some Epsom salts, which contain muscle-relaxing magnesium, and lavender oil to a warm bath and enjoy a stress-busting soak pre-bedtime.