A great sleep aid is found in the substance believed to be the seed of modern aromatherapy. Lavender is a highly researched essential oil. The majority of this scientific study involves its calming and relaxing properties when used topically and especially aromatically. Numerous studies, involving multiple participant groups, have shown that aromatherapy with Lavender essential oil as an addition to the bedtime routine can improve sleep duration and satisfaction while decreasing night waking and overall fatigue levels (2-5). A recent study found that developing a routine of inhaling Lavender prior to bedtime can even have a long-acting re-balancing effect on the sleep cycle (6). What is lesser known is the breadth of sleep-supporting properties imparted by Lavender essential oil when taken internally. Clinical and experimental research has shown that orally ingested Lavender essential oil may aid in both preparing for sleep and improving waking energy levels (7,8). While the mechanism of these benefits is not wholly understood, it is believed that it is at least partially due to its ability to influence neurotransmitter activity and have a general soothing effect on the nervous system (9). P.S- you can get this oil for free today! Click on the link in my profile for details.